Exclusive: Fremantle settles ‘Masked Singer’ format dispute in Ukraine

The Masked Singer distributor Fremantle and national broadcaster Ukraine have settled their format dispute with domestic rival 1+1 over an alleged copycatting of the hit entertainment show. The disagreement began in October when the broadcaster accused 1+1 of ripping off The Masked Singer with its show Maskarad, a local remake of Romanian format Mysteries In The Spotlight, which is sold by […]

‘Masked Singer’ format dispute erupts in Ukraine

National TV channel Ukraine has accused its domestic rival 1+1 of ripping off its local version of hit format The Masked Singer. The broadcaster, owned by TRBC Ukraine, said that 1+1’s show Maskarad (The Masquerade), which was broadcast on 3 October, “illegally used the elements of the world-famous format of The Masked Singer.” The Masked Singer – which […]

Ukraine’s new public broadcaster names chief

Zurab Alsania has been named as the new director-general of Ukraine’s new unified public broadcaster, Public Broadcasting company of Ukraine (UA:PBC). He was elected by the broadcaster’s supervisory board from a shortlist of eight candidates. UA:PC was established at to bring together regional broadcasters, radio and culture into one single entity. Alsania had earlier played […]

Factory Media snags Soviet Megamonsters

Sports and lifestyle prodco Factory has picked up the international rights to Soviet Megamonsters, an urban exploration series from Ukraininan prodco Film.UA. The 10-part series follows a team of intrepid urban adventurers as they try to access locations including Cold War bomb shelters and underground tunnels. With the ten eps, two are dedicated to an […]

Ukraine’s 1+1 clamping down on Russian series

Ukrainian free-to-air broadcast group 1+1 Media has issued new guidelines on Russian-originated programming as the tensions and crisis between the two states continue. A 1+1 Media spokesman confirmed to TBI that changes were being made regarding Russian programming and noted that they will cover all of the channels the group operates. It runs seven channels […]

Burlesque format sells into Ukraine

Eccho Rights (fka Sparks Network) has sold its Lady Burlesque format into Ukraine. Free-to-air broadcaster Inter TV has taken local rights and will make a Ukrainian version of the show. It has already proved popular on Sky Italia channel Sky Uno. The producers claim that the show empowers women to show off their femininity through […]

Management shake-up at Discovery

Discovery Networks has rejigged several senior management positions with Phillip Luff taking a new position, James Gibbons relocating to take a new UK-based role and Egor Borisov leaving the channel operator. As part of the shake-up James Gibbons will replace Phillip Luff as country manager for emerging business and work out of Discovery’s UK hub. […]