Formats buyers out as Sony closes office

Sony Pictures Television is closing its formats acquisition department, axing well-known buyers Lisette van Diepen and Eric Kafoe, and shutting its Netherlands office in the process, TBI has learned. The two staffers and a third team member, an assistant, will leave as part of the closure, which comes as Sony takes a different approach in terms […]

Mediaset signs up for Rising Star

Mediaset’s Canale 5 channel will air an Italian version of Keshet International format Rising Star. Keshet had already announced that an Italian version of Rising Star had been agreed, amid a flurry of deals for the interactive singing competition format at last year’s MIPCOM. However the broadcaster was not known and has now been revealed […]

Fifth deal for Keshet’s Rising Star

Buzzy singing competition format Rising Star is set for an Italian remake after a Sony Pictures Television prodco acquired local rights. The show, which was arguably the hit reality format of last week’s MIPCOM, will be produced in Italy by SPT-owned Toro. This comes after distributor Keshet International scored deals for the format in France […]

Sony taking Talpa’s The Voice into Italy

Sony Pictures Television’s Italian prodcution arm along with Talpa have inked a deal for hit format The Voice with Italian public broadcaster RAI, TBI has learned. SPT’s Italian production arm Toro will make the show for RAI, marking the first time the show has been seen in Italy. A thirteen-episode series will debut next year […]

Hollywood Studio formats

Plans are underway to make some of the most iconic US shows ever for local broadcasters with international versions of 24, Breaking Bad, ER, Glee and Gossip Girl planned in countries as far afield as Israel and China. Shows including Prison Break, Law & Order and Desperate Housewives have already had the remake treatment and […]