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truTV mixes ITV Studios bar format into slate

US cable channel truTV has ordered a competition format from ITV Studios in which bar owners go head to head to reveal which has the better recipe for success. The Shake Up is being billed as a fun series in which Comedy Central comic Mo Mandel travels to different US cities to pit tow bar […]

Conan O’Brien making UK debut with TruTV

Turner’s soon-to-launch UK entertainment channel TruTV has acquired Conan, marking the first time the Conan O’Brien late-night talkshow has hit UK screens. The hour-long show will run Monday-to-Thursday on TruTV in the UK in an 11pm slot. The channel will launch on the Freeview digital terrestrial free-to-air platform in the UK in August. In the […]

Turner to launch truTV in UK

Turner Broadcasting UK is launching a new general entertainment free-to-air channel, truTV – it’s first venture into the British free-to-air market. The 24-hour channel will be available on the UK digital-terrestrial platform from early August, airing a range of unscripted shows including Fear Factor, Hardcore Pawn: Chicago (pictured), Killer Karaoke, Container Wars, South Beach Tow, […]

Ob docs: obsolete or of the moment?

Rumblings that the ob doc trend is stifling creativity on both sides of the Atlantic have divided the factual programming industry. Is the genre coming to the end of its cycle, or is it simply evolving, asks Jesse Whittock The commissions of History’s Pawn Stars and American Pickers in 2009 and 2010 respectively ushered in […]

Turner overhaul continues with Koonin exit

Changes at the top of Turner Broadcasting System continue apace with Turner Entertainment Networks president Steve Koonin exiting for a new role. The 14-year Turner veteran has been named CEO of the Atlanta Hawks basketball team. This hands him control of his hometown team. Koonin’s role as entertainment networks chief placed him in control of […]

MTV poaches BBC Worldwide exec Hakami

MTV has recruited Elli Hakami as executive VP of current series and programming. She joins from the US division of BBC Worldwide where, as senior VP, factual programming, she oversaw development and production for Worldwide and its US prodco Adjacent. At MTV she will oversee reality series coming out of MTV’s US East Coast production […]

FishBowl co-founder exits in major restructure

FishBowl Worldwide Media will see one of its co-founders exit as part of raft of sweeping changes at the US multiplatform production house. Bruce Gersh (left), who launched the company with America’s Funniest Home Videos creator Vin de Bona in 2010, has lead the firm as president and CEO since its inception but will leave […]

Turner ups Levy to president, TBS

David Levy has been upped to president, Turner Broadcasting System. In his new role, Levy will oversee all of Turner’s cable nets and businesses. He has been elevated from president, sales, distribution and sports at the Time Warner-owned channel operator. As president, Levy will run TBS, TNT, Turner Classic Movies, truTV, Cartoon Network, Boomerang and […]

truTV expands Jokers brand

US cable channel truTV has given the greenlight to a third season of its pranks series Impractical Jokers, as well as ordering a new six-part spin-off show. The third season of the show, in which four friends dare each other to complete increasingly outrageous things in public, will comprise 15 episodes. It’s set to launch […]

Killer Karaoke hits right note for Euro broadcasters

Zodiak Media’s extreme singing competition format Killer Karaoke has sold to broadcasters in the Netherlands and Czech Republic soon after launching in Russia. The format, billed as “the evil adaptation of Zodiak’s Sing if You Can”, will launch in the Netherlands on RTL5 tomorrow produced by Zodiak Nederland, while the Czech version comes from Real […]