The Grand Plan


Amazon hires FMI’s Brown as Euro originals chief

Amazon Studios has hired FremantleMedia International’s Georgia Brown as its first director of original television for Europe. The hire brings to an end Amazon Studios’ search for a European content chief, and comes after the Amazon Prime Video SVOD service went fully international in December. Brown’s remit will see her commissioning programming from producers in […]

BBC extends Matt LeBlanc’s Top Gear journey

UK pubcaster the BBC has confirmed Matt LeBlanc will remain as host of motoring series Top Gear for two years, providing a major boost to the ailing format. LeBlanc was a hit with viewers in the first season of Top Gear not to feature Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May since 2002, though co-host […]

Ukrainian net serves up family cook off show

Ukrainian channel 1+1 has acquired Global Agency’s cookery format Rivals-in-Law. Furthermore, producer iMagic has optioned the format for the Middle East and North Africa from Turkish distributor Global, which also sells formats such as Blind Taste. The format, which launched at MIPTV last month, sees wives and their mothers-in-law simultaneously prepare and cook identical dishes, […]