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Scripted round-up: ‘Moominvalley’ prodco Gutsy moves into drama; ITV orders ‘Without Sin’; Starzplay, Sony & ‘Homeland’ duo prep Spanish drama

Gutsy Animation moves into drama Moominvalley producer Gutsy Animations is developing its first adult-targeted drama series and has linked up with All3Media’s UK prodco Lime Pictures to co-produce. Beyond Nature will be a 6 x 50-minute English-language psychological drama that will blend live-action with VFX and CG animation. Gutsy has attached writers Jessica Ruston (Harlots), […]

Japan’s Fuji TV & Story Lab unveil first co-developed format

Japanese commercial broadcaster Fuji TV and producer-distributor group The Story Lab have revealed the first format to emerge from their recently struck co-development pact. The Spin will be launched internationally and is a studio-based physical gameshow that follows a team comprised of five players, who must step up to a huge spinning machine, competing individually […]

Japan’s Fuji TV enters format partnership with The Story Lab

Japanese comcaster Fuji Television Network and global production and distribution studio The Story Lab have forged a strategic alliance to jointly develop and produce original unscripted formats for the global market. Formats created by the two companies will debut on Fuji TV before being distributed internationally by The Story Lab, with development already underway on […]

SBS cooks up Story Lab’s socially-distanced format ‘All Together At The Table’

SBS in Belgium has ordered a local version of remotely filmed cooking class format All Together At The Table. The format was created in March by France’s Kitchen Factory Production, which has now been behind almost 100 episodes across two seasons for M6, with another run in the works. It was launched to international buyers […]

Future-proofing formats; securing sales in a pandemic

With the pandemic upending the TV industry across the world, Mark Layton finds out what the impact has been on the global format sales business and how it has adapted to the new normal. As the world continues to grapple with the impact of Covid-19, and broadcasters find their budgets stretched thin, the knock-on effect […]

Nippon and Story Lab open ‘9 Windows’ with first format co-development

Japanese multi-platform network Nippon TV and global production and distribution studio The Story Lab have unveiled 9 Windows, a new comedy gameshow/talent contest and the first format to result from their recent co-development partnership. Presented by a famous comedy host, the format celebrates “ordinary people with outlandish skills” with each episode featuring nine contestants beamed […]

Amazon, Record TV agree to share ‘Game Of Clones’ remake in Brazil

Amazon Prime Video is working with Brazil’s Record TV on a joint version of Youngest Media’s show Game Of Clones, which will be available concurrently on both services in Brazil. The format, sold by The Story Lab, is to be produced by Endemol Shine Brazil and is now in production in São Paulo, ahead of […]

Story Lab adds French cooking format to global menu

Global content creator and distributor The Story Lab has acquired international rights to French cooking format All Together At The Table (aka Tous en Cuisine avec Cyril Lignac).  Produced for M6 by Storyplus-owned French prodco Kitchen Factory, the original version of the primetime series is hosted by celebrity chef Cyril Lignac who presents a live, […]

Weekend Studio to adapt ‘XRey’ podcast into scripted series

UK-based producer and distributor The Story Lab has struck a deal with Spanish prodco Weekend Studio to adapt its podcast XRey into TV drama series, as part of a wider strategy of bringing IP to the TV marketplace via audio platforms. The podcast gained critical acclaim and national media attention in the Spanish market after […]

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