The Voice


Sony’s Toro taking the The Ultimate Music Battle into Italy

Sony-owned Italian production company Toro Produzioni has optioned music format Grande Battle (aka The Ultimate Music Battle) and plans to make the show in Italy. The show, which won the Best Format award at last year’s Eurovision Creative Forum, is a musical talent series in which participants are selected via the internet. The selected contestants […]

The Finance of Formats

European broadcasters gained US$2.75 billion in 2012 from the 100 top format titles.   The TV Formats in Europe report covers 84 channels across 16 territories and shows that the 2012 figure was 5.3% up on the 2011 total and 20.1% up if you go back to 2009. Correspondingly, the number of hours broadcast reached […]

iPlayer usage stays flat

BBC iPlayer usage for May was flat month-on-month, with the breakdown of usage across PCs, mobiles, tablets and connected TVs also consistent with the figures for April. BBC iPlayer, the UK public broadcaster’s catch-up service, recorded 257 million requests for the month, the same number as April. Average daily requests numbered eight million. The number […]

Global formats: sing and the world watches with you

TBI has teamed up with Eurodata TV Worldwide once again to uncover the most successful format of 2012. Using data from more than 71 countries, we present the shows that had viewers glued to their seats in 2012. Amandine Cassi, head of research at Médiamétrie Eurodata TV Worldwide, pores over the results and highlights the […]

BBC Future Media boss outlines ambitious plans

The BBC is set to deliver more cross-platform event coverage, programme apps and connected Red Button deployments in the coming years, according to Future Media boss Ralph Rivera. Delivering a keynote at the BBC’s Online briefing last week, Rivera outlined the BBC’s future-looking online strategy and said that last year’s coverage of the Olympics were […]

Comcast cable channels grow as NBC toils

NBCUniversal’s cable channels business grew revenues by 4.6% in the first quarter of this year, but revenues at US broadcast network NBC tumbled nearly 20%. The cable unit – which houses channels including USA Network, Bravo and Syfy – saw revenues for the three months to March 31, 2013, reach US$2.25 billion compared with US$2.12 […]

News brief: MundoFox orders kids’ X Factor

US Hispanic channel MundoFox has ordered a Spanish-language children’s version of The X Factor. The Fox International Channels-owned network will launch El X Factor this summer. FremantleMedia Latin America is attached to produce the series, which will pit children between the ages of 8 and 15 against each other. The news comes soon after another […]

Israeli digital format concept welcomes Irish partner

Armoza Format’s innovative digitally sourced format creation concept TV By the People has welcomed another partner in the shape of Irish production company Screentime Shinawil. Last month, Tel Aviv-based Armoza launched TV By the People, a digital concept that allows members of the public to pool ideas online in order to create a new television […]

Talpa USA raids Endemol and Mark Burnett for senior staff

Talpa hired several new staff, poaching executives from Endemol and Mark Burnett’s One Three Media. The US arm of John de Mol’s company is staffing up embarking on a major push into the US market off the back of after winning several programme orders. Monica Stock joins as VP of production having worked on 13 seasons […]

The Voice app launches

The BBC has launched a companion app for the second season of singing competition show The Voice. The Voice Predictor game, which is available now to download for iOS and Android, will build on the BBC’s recently launched Antiques Roadshow second screen app, and offer play-along and between-show games. The BBC said a ‘Team Predictor’ […]