Media Ranch names Horsepower 3.0 winner

Canadian producer and distributor Media Ranch has unveiled the winner of the third edition of its Horsepower incubation initiative. Alexandra Paquin, a Canadian film student at Concordia University in Montreal, was selected for her dating show format for millennials, which she workshopped over a four-month period with top industry mentors. The winning format will now […]

Show of the week: District Z

This adventure gameshow format hails from France and offers several seemingly stand-out features that set it apart from some of its competitors – the most obvious of which is that it features zombies. The format originated from Satisfaction Group-owned Ah! Productions and became a ratings hit last year for French broadcaster TF1, which helped to […]

French duo M6 & TF1 unveil merger plans

France’s two leading commercial broadcasters M6 and TF1 have unveiled plans to merge. The pair, which have already partnered on streaming service Salto along with pubcaster France Télévisions, announced that the proposed merger would create a French media group “with the broadest TV, radio, digital, content production and technology offering to the benefit of all […]

TF1 in France & Austria’s ORF join Beta Film drama ‘Sisi’

France’s TF1 and Austria’s ORF have picked up Sisi, the upcoming drama for RTL Group that explores the life of the iconic Empress. The six-hour drama recently started shooting in the Baltics and will continue in Austria, Hungary and Germany. It is being produced by Jens Freels and Andreas Gutzeit’s Story House Pictures, in collaboration with Satel Film and […]

TBI Weekly: How format risk & reward is changing

‘Iconic’ format reboots have become a regular event over recent months but as Tim Dams discovers, the risk threshold is changing as broadcasters and streamers employ new strategies to get fresh IP onto screens Broadcasters have long focused their spend and schedules on formats with a proven track record, a trend that has only cemented itself over […]

Show of the week: Mega Zoo

This animal-focused show highlights not just the ever-present interest in animals among viewers but also the adaptability and ingenious invention shown by producers during the pandemic. Filmed in Australia at Zoos Victoria’s three vastly different sites: first, there is the Melbourne Zoo on the city fringe; then the savannah of Werribee Open Range Zoo; and […]

France’s TF1 joins Media Ranch’s Horsepower 3.0 format initiative

French broadcaster TF1 has joined the third edition of format project Horsepower, the incubation initiative from Canadian producer and distributor Media Ranch. Season one and two partners Media Ranch and Quebecor Content will also be joined for Horsepower 3.0 by format accelerator La Fabrique Des Formats. The annual initiative is aimed at creating exportable unscripted TV formats […]

TF1, Gaumont alum Rémy Jacquelin partners with Both Worlds in South Africa

South African production company Both Worlds Pictures has struck a wide-ranging partnership with Paradoxal, the production and finance outfit launched by former TF1 SVP of sales & acquisitions Rémy Jacquelin. The agreement will see Paradoxal supporting the development of Both Worlds’ slate of projects and representing them in the international markets for pre-sales, distribution and […]

France’s TF1 to remake Cineflix drama ‘Marcella’ as ‘Rebecca’

French broadcaster TF1 has ordered a local adaptation of the UK crime drama Marcella. Paris-based prodco Elephant is working on the remake, which will be titled Rebecca, following TF1’s deal with UK distributor Cineflix Rights, which has also taken exclusive global rights to the new series. The original show, Marcella, was created by Hans Rosenfeldt […]

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