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Aftercare or afterthought?: Unpacking duty of care on youth-skewing formats

With TV’s biggest entertainment format facing backlash over its aftercare practices, do casting directors and producers need to re-examine duty of care for youth-targeting formats? Manori Ravindran investigates In a competitive entertainment landscape that finds channels jostling for the coveted 16-34 demographic, youth-skewing formats are among the toughest to cast – and, as evidenced by […]

MIPCOM: The Big Deals

With this week’s MIPCOM market coming to a close, TBI looks at the top deals struck out of Cannes. Netflix The streaming giant picked up Keshet International’s When Heroes Fly, the first recipient of the Canneseries Best Series award, for global release in 2019. All ten episodes of the original Hebrew-language drama will be made available in […]

MTV reality chief exits

Long-serving MTV head of reality programming Lauren Dolgen is leaving the Viacom youth-skewed channel. Dolgen has worked at Viacom Media Networks and its predecessors for 19 years, most recently as head of reality programming and executive VP, series development. She was one of the execs from MTV’s earlier days who avoided the axe in the company-wide […]

Turner raids MTV for head of programming

Turner Broadcasting System has poached Chris Linn from MTV. Linn will be president and head of programming at TBS’ TruTV, responsible for all programming on the cable net including development and production of originals. Linn was executive VP of programming and head of production at the US MTV channel. At MTV he developed and oversaw […]

MTV and Strix ink Scandi fomat deal

Strix has optioned MTV’s reality competition format The Challenge: Battle of the Exes. The Scandi format producer and distributor has optioned the show in Denmark, Norway, Sweden as well as the Netherlands and the deal marks the first time the show, in which ex-contestants from reality shows compete with one another, has been sold as […]