News round-up: Globo returns to ‘Survivor’ after a decade; Portugal preps ‘Let Love Rule’; UK’s C5 revives ‘Watercolour Challenge’

Globo returns to ‘Survivor’ Brazilian giant Globe has ordered a new version of Banijay’s format Survivor, 12 years after the show last aired in the country. The reality series will be produced by Globo and Banijay-owned Endemol Shine Brasil, and known locally as No Limite. It will be hosted by André Marques and, unlike other […]

Twofour appoints Twenty Twenty exec Seb Curtis to lead development

ITV Studios(ITVS)-owned Twofour has hired Twenty Twenty exec Seb Curtis as director of development. Curtis will lead development across the Twofour slate of documentaries, factual entertainment and entertainment formats for both the UK terrestrials and global SVODs. He will work alongside the creative team led by David Brindley and Dan Adamson. He will join Twofour in […]

Minnow head of docs Grace Reynolds rejoins Twofour

ITV Studios-owned UK prodco Twofour has re-hired Minnow Films’ Grace Reynolds to the newly created role of executive producer of documentaries. The exec will rejoin Twofour following a two-year stint as the head of documentaries at UK indie Minnow, where she oversaw Channel 4 format SAS: Who Dares Wins and exec produced shows including Channel […]

UK’s ITV orders pawnbroking docuseries from TwoFour

UK comcaster ITV has commissioned Million Pound Pawn, a new factual series exploring the British pawnbroker industry during the current period of economic uncertainty. Produced by ITV Studios-owned Twofour, the 3 x 60-minute series is being executive produced by David Clews and Nic Patten, while Naomi Templeton is attached as series producer. The series follows […]

Fremantle’s Naked hires Twofour’s Natalie McArdle as development chief

Fremantle-owned Naked has hired Twofour’s director of development Natalie McArdle, who is leaving the ITV Studios-owned prodco after a year in the role. McArdle will join Naked in February in the same role and reports into creative director, Tom O’Brien. She had led the development team at Twofour since her appointment last January, with a […]

Twofour expands reality, entertainment by hiring ‘I Can See Your Voice’ exec

ITV Studios-owned Twofour is expanding its reality and entertainment activities and has appointed Louise Hutchinson to lead the company’s efforts. Hutchinson takes the newly created role of head of entertainment at Twofour, which the prodco said “signals a commitment to reignite the legacy of great reality and entertainment hits” such as celebrity challenge The Jump and studio […]

Boomerang closes; slate split between Boom and Twofour

UK production company Boomerang, a part of ITV Studios (ITVS)-owned Twofour, is to close and some of its current slate move to ITVS stablemate Boom. Sam Grace, Boomerang’s director of programmes, will join Boom’s senior management team as its creative director, based in Cardiff, and report to MD Nia Thomas. During his time with Boomerang, […]

Channel 4 orders 30 episodes of daytime show ‘Beat the Chef’

Channel 4 has ordered a 30 x 30-minute run of daytime series Beat the Chef presented by Andi Oliver. The series, produced by Twofour, part of ITV Studios, and Motion Content Group, sees amateur cooks go head-to-head against chefs Mark Sargeant, Frederick Forster, Hrishikesh Desai and Sophie Michell in cook-offs to try and win a £10,000 jackpot. In a refreshed format, every episode now […]

Twofour hires Natalie McArdle from Electric Ray to oversee development

UK-based producer Twofour has bolstered its new senior creative line-up by appointing Electric Ray’s Natalie McArdle as director of development. McArdle has been tasked with driving Twofour and Boomerang’s factual entertainment, formats and blue chip factual programming slate. She joins from Sony-backed prodco Electric Ray, where she spent four years as development lead. Her credits […]

BBC’s David Brindley joins Twofour as chief creative officer

BBC commissioner David Brindley is joining Twofour as chief creative officer. The exec, who is to join the label next year, currently serves as head of commissioning for popular factual and factual entertainment, overseeing commissions for BBC One, Two and Three. Brindley’s recent commissioning credits include Race Across the World; Jesy Nelson: Odd One Out; […]

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