Top Chef


ProSiebenSat.1 takes NBCU’s Top Chef to Germany

Germany’s ProSiebenSat.1 has picked up NBCUniversal International format Top Chef for summer 2019. The six-part local series will be headed up by prolific German chef Eckhart Witzigmann (pictured) – who is making his first appearance on a cooking show. Top Chef sees a number of aspiring chefs face off in a battle of culinary skill. Each […]

Formats chief Pilkington exits NBCU

NBCUniversal (NBCU) International Studios’ format chief, Yvonne Pilkington, has left her role, TBI has learned. Pilkington has been with the international arm of Comcast-owned NBCU since 2009, but is leaving for a career change. Her role saw her lead all format development, production and sales, working on shows such as Top Chef and The Real […]

NBCU’s Hayu to launch offline viewing

NBCUniversal International’s subscription video-on-demand service, Hayu, is due to add offline viewing options and is set to launch on Apple TV. From the fourth quarter, viewers will be able to download shows from the Hayu and watch them wherever they are, without needing to be connected to the web. The service will also be available […]

Formats exec joins NBC after DRG exit

Formats executive Albertina Marfil has joined NBCUniversal International Studios after leaving rival distributor DRG, TBI has learned. Marfil had been with DRG since 2013, having previously worked at Cineflix Rights and IMG Media. She was most recently sales manager for North and South America and the Asia Pacific region. She has joined NBCU’s formats division […]

NBCU formats director exiting

NBCUniversal International Studios’ director of formats and production is leaving the company after four years, TBI has learned. Jonathan Tuovinen is exiting his post at the Comcast-owned company’s London office. His next move is unknown, but it is understood he will remain in London. An NBCU spokesperson confirmed his departure today. Tuovinen joined NBCU from […]

Sony creates recipe for Mexican Top Chef

Mexican network Canal Sony has ordered a local version of NBCUniversal format Top Chef, which will also air on US Hispanic channels. Cinemateli Content struck the deal bringing the show to Mexico with NBCU International Formats, and the resulting show debuts in February 2016 on Sony Pictures Television’s general entertainment network. Cinemateli will produce a […]

Boomerang restructures entertainment team

Spain’s Boomerang TV Group has hired a pair of executives, one a MasterChef producer, as its restructures its entertainment division. Encarna Pardo’s entertainment unit has promoted Susana Pérez (pictured left) to deputy general director, while Eva Sanz has rejoined the firm to become coordinator of content, taking executive responsibility for production and direction. Former Antena 3 […]

Silberwasser’s three-point plan

Luis Silberwasser joined Telemundo in late 2014 as president of the US Hispanic network. A few months into the new job, he tells Stewart Clarke about how originals, new-school telenovelas and reality TV are integral to his plan for success Luis Silberwasser is three months into his new job as president of Telemundo when TBI […]

Chile to serve up Top Chef

Chilean public network TVN is getting its own version of NBCUniversal format Top Chef. The series will be coproduced with Spanish producer Boomerang TV, which has already adapted the show for seasons in Spain for Antena 3. Part of the team that created the Spanish show will consult on development and production strategy. The structure […]

Tinopolis buys Top Chef producer

The Tinopolis Group has paid an undisclosed multi-million dollar sum for Magical Elves, the US-based producer behind Top Chef and Braxton Family Values. No exact figure was put on the deal, which is the latest example of international production companies buying into the US’s bank of unscripted prodcos. Magical Elves now sits in a stable […]