The Great British Bake Off

PBS prepares Great British Bake Off

US pubcaster PBS has acquired The Great British Bake Off as it cements its place as a key home for UK content in the States. The high-rating BBC Two reality competition show will run on PBS from Sunday, December 28 as The Great British Baking Show. The series will sit alongside UK shows such as […]

More4 orders Cooks’ Question Time

UK broadcaster Channel 4’s More4 channel has commissioned a new foodie series Cooks’ Question Time (WT). The series will be made by UK producer Twofour and fronted by Great British Bake Off’s Sue Perkins. In the series a panel of three well-known guest chefs will answer questions from a studio audience of aspiring cooks. There […]

TBI’s 2013 in review – part one

In this week-long series of articles, TBI editors Stewart Clarke and Jesse Whittock take a look back at the year in international television, taking in everything from never-ending show formats to genuinely scary promo videos, before 2014 arrives and it all begins again. Without further ado… BEST NEW FORMAT: Slow TV The insatiable appetite for […]

UK fare bound for new Norwegian FTA net

British shows such as The Great British Bake-Off and MasterChef UK will make up part of new Norwegian general entertainment free-to-air network TV6. The network is launching on November 21 as Modern Times Group’s latest FTA channel. It sits in a portfolio that already includes TV3 and Viasat4. TV6 will focus on general entertainment and […]

News brief: Nutopia hires Love’s head of development

Jane Root’s prodco Nutopia has hired Simon McKeown from The Great British Bake Off producer Love Productions. McKeown will take on the same role at Nutopia, which is behind doc series such as America: The Story of US, The British, Mankind: The Story of All of Us and We Invented the World. McKeown’s CV includes […]

Staff changes at Bake Off producer Love

Love Productions, the UK indie behind hit format The Great British Bake Off, has promoted several staff and hired a new executive from Jane Root’s Nutopia. Kieran Smith is upped to creative director, factual programming, at the producer and will work with joint chief executives Richard McKerrow and Anna Beattie on new content for UK […]

Viewpoint: how social media rewired the formats business

Viacom International Media Network’s senior VP Caroline Beaton explains how social media has created a ‘revolution at the speed of light’ that’s affected every format creator in the business. Think back to the turn of the millennium, when format-based TV suddenly became a very big business indeed. In the UK, Who Wants to be a […]

Sex, Drugs and Restaurant wars

“Chefs are the new rock stars,” says Mike Beale, head of formats at ITV Studios, the company behind long-running hit Come Dine With Me. “It’s not about Delia anymore and you could probably track this trend to The X Factor.” If chefs are the new rock stars, international cooking formats are their stage. The traditional […]

BBC cooks up Norway deal for Bake Off

BBC Worldwide has sold its hit cooking format The Great British Bake Off into Norway. Viasat’s flagship channel TV3 has bought the format and it will be known locally as Hele Norge baker. TV3’s head of programming, Åse Bendiksen, noted that the broadcaster beat out competition from other local broadcasters for the show, which has […]

Bake Off to rise in the US

Hit UK format The Great British Bake Off has been sold to CBS, which will air a local version of the cooking show. Bake Off (WT) will air on the US broadcast network next year. The show, in which amateur bakers face an array of baking challenges, is made by Love Productions, the UK indie […]