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NBC hires ex-Endemol Shine unscripted exec

US broadcaster NBC has hired former Endemol Shine North America unscripted production chief Linda Giambrone. She has been named executive VP of production for NBC Entertainment and Universal Television Alternative Studio (UTAS), which launched earlier this year. She was most recently EVP and head of unscripted production at Endemol Shine North America (ESNA), but left […]

MTA’s Matt Assmus joins Dorsey development team

Red Arrow-controlled producer Dorsey Pictures has sealed a deal with Matt Assmus (left) and his company MTA Media that will see the expansion of their development and production team. Assmus will join Dorsey’s development team – led by the company’s VP of development Allison Boon. At the same time, Dorsey’s Whitney Hayes is upped to […]

Redseven boss to stay until 2020

Jobst Benthues has renewed his contract at Redseven and will stay at the German prodco until 2020. Redseven makes series including Germany’s next Topmodel – by Heidi Klum for ProSieben and Married at First Sight and the local version of The Biggest Loser for Sat.1. Benthues founded Redseven nine years ago having had various positions […]

3 Ball boss inks new deal

The CEO of 3 Ball Entertainment has renewed his deal at the US reality prodco for two more years. Todd A. Nelson will continue as co-CEO of the producer, which was formerly Eyeworks USA, working alongside co-CEO Ross Weintraub. Nelson was a co-founder of 3 Ball in 2003, before selling it to the Eyeworks Group […]

ITV Studios poaches Shine exec for digital

The content and distribution arm of UK broadcaster ITV has hired David Christopher as director of international commercial and digital. He joins from Endemol Shine, and takes on a newly-created role at ITV Studios. He will sit within the formats team and report to Mike Beale, executive VP of global development and formats. Christopher will […]

Raft of VTV format deals for Shine

Shine International has closed a series of deals for its formats with Vietnamese broadcaster VTV. The channel has ordered a 15x60mins local version of weight-loss series The Biggest Loser, which will air in 2015. Local prodco Cattiensa will make a local version of Beauty & the Geek for VTV also as a 15x60mins series. The […]

Sony sweeps in for Broome first-look deal

Sony Pictures Television has secured a first-look deal with The Biggest Loser creator Dave Broome and his 25/7 Productions imprint. Broome’s most popular show, The Biggest Loser, is in its 15th season on US broadcast network NBC. He also recently finished production on ABC Family ‘soft-scripted’ series The Vineyard and is behind a string of other […]

Viewpoint: A healthy take on lifestyle TV

A few recent industry news headlines: • Discovery Networks purchases Takhayal Entertainment including its flagship food network Fatafeat. • Foxtel acquires nearly 300 hours of lifestyle programming from Endemol. • BBC Worldwide is producing two new cooking shows that will air in several territories on BBC Lifestyle in 2014. Today’s global marketplace is far different […]

Shine America raids Viacom, A+E for exec appointments

The US division of Shine Group has recruited business affairs execs Michael Minden and Yvonne Rena Bennett. Minden will be senior VP, business affairs and head of entertainment and legal at Shine America. He joins from Viacom Media Networks (fka MTV Networks). Bennett joins Shine from A+E where she was VP, business and legal affairs. […]

Shine America hires programming execs

Shine’s fast-expanding US division has made two hires. It has recruited Robin Feinberg as VP, programming and Rachel Dax (pictured) as VP, production. Feinberg has worked on series including Legally Blonde and The Biggest Loser and will oversee current unscripted programming initiatives for Shine America. Series under Feinberg’s  include The Face on Oxygen, Minute To […]