The Island


Creating the dream team

Endemol Shine Group’s French prodcos merged on May 1, as the production and distribution giant completed its global consolidation process. Endemol Shine France CEO Nicolas Coppermann tells Pascale Paoli-Lebailly how he plans to use the best of both worlds to find new hits Without sweeping away what has made formats giant Endemol and entertainment-focused Shine […]

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 […]

Channel 4 poaches Channel 5 exec

UK broadcaster Channel 4 has hired two commissioners for its specialist factual and documentaries commissioning team, one from rival Channel 5, and promoted another exec. Channel 5’s Michelle Chappell (pictured) and experienced filmmaker Alf Lawrie will join Nick Mirsky’s documentaries team and the specialist factual team respectively. Chappell is currently commissioning editor, factual, news and […]

Electus, Bear Grylls exec create Jackknife indie

Electus and Bear Grylls Ventures exec Delbert Shoopman have joined forces to create a new US-based independent prodco, Jackknife Media. Shoopman is head of production and head of branding at Grylls’ prodco BGV, and will remain in that position as well as running his new indie. “Electus and Bear Grylls Ventures have worked closely together […]

CITV opens Bear Grylls’ Survival School

UK children’s channel CITV has commissioned a Bear Grylls-fronted survivalist series for kids. Bear Grylls’ Survival School will be a 12x30mins series from ITV Studios-owned Potato and Bear Grylls Ventures in which ten daredevil children will learn how to survive in the rugged mountainous terrain of Snowdonia in Wales. Over two weeks Grylls (pictured) and […]

Germany to visit The Island

German broadcaster ProSieben has ordered its own version of survivalist format The Island. Endemol Shine Germany will produce the show, with filming beginning this summer, ahead of broadcast on the free-to-air channel. The format originated in the UK, where Endemol Shine Group’s Shine TV and Bear Grylls Ventures produced it for Channel 4. There have […]

NBC lands on Bear Grylls’ Island

US broadcaster NBC has ordered a local version of Bear Grylls-fronted Channel 4 adventurer series The Island. NBC will run a six-episode social experiment series in which 14 men will attempt to live on an unmanned island. The show is based on Shine TV format The Island, which first went out on Channel 4 in […]