Victory Television


Victory founder Ashbourne launches new indie

Victoria Ashbourne has resurfaced at the helm of a new indie producer in the UK. The founder of Victory Television will lead Hello Dolly along with another ex-Victory exec, Stuart Shawcross, with the aim of making entertainment formats. Ashbourne and Shawcross worked together to create shows such as The National Lottery: Win Your Wishlist, 5 […]

Ex-Victory creative chief joins Flynn prodco

Former Victory Television creative director Stuart Shawcross has joined Youngest Media, the fledgling UK-based prodco of ex-Endemol Shine UK execs David Flynn and Lucas Church. Shawcross has been appointed director of entertainment at the fledgling indie. He will drive entertainment strategy, with responsibility for developing new worldwide formats. His credits include creating formats such as […]

Formats Ireland

Ireland is emerging as a solid format creating hotspot, as its small local market forces producers to think internationally, TBI reports. Ask Irish producers what the most significant development in formats has been of recent years and the answer is almost invariably the same: RTÉ’s Format Farm. The initiative launched in 2012 in order to […]

Sky preps superfan show based on Thai format

UK pay TV operator BSkyB is set to air The Fanatic, a new entertainment show in which superfans compete to prove their credentials, TBI has learned. The hour-long series will be produced by Victory Television, the UK production company run by Victoria Ashbourne as a joint venture with Sony Pictures Television. In the show, superfans […]

Mum of the Week lined up in four more territories

French format Mum of the Week is being remade for four international broadcasters in territories ranging from Poland to Turkey. Furthermore, UK-based distributor Can’t Stop Media said the format, which French DTT channel D8 originally commissioned, is in development in another 12 territories. Among the announced commissions, Finnish broadcaster Nelonen has ordered a 10-part run […]

BBC Decimates daytime with quiz from Tipping Point creator

UK public broadcaster the BBC has ordered Decimate, a new daytime quiz series, TBI has learned. The 25x45mins show will be produced by UK independent producer CPL Productions, the prodco behind A League of Their Own and All Star Mr and Mrs. It will launch this autumn and be presented by UK personality Shane Richie. […]

Sony-backed Victory trying out gameshow for the BBC

Victory Television is piloting a new gameshow format, In Sync. A casting call has just gone out for contestants for the show although the broadcaster was being kept under wraps. However, TBI has learned that UK public broadcaster the BBC has ordered the non-TX pilot. The format tasks pairs of participants – which could be […]

Sony sets up new prodco with Discovery exec Andreae

Simon Andreae is leaving Discovery to set up his own production company Scarlet Media. Sony Pictures Television is bankrolling the new business and will hold a majority stake as well as distribute its shows internationally. The London-based producer will make factual and fact-ent series for UK and international broadcasters. Andreae is creating the firm and […]

BBC confirms Puppet Game Show

UK pubcaster The BBC has confirmed a commission for a long rumoured Saturday primetime puppet series from The Jim Henson Company. The Puppet Game Show will be an 8x45mins coproduction between Henson and BBC In-House Entertainment for leading UK channel BBC One. Filming has begun ahead of a debut later this year. A successful pilot […]

Exclusive: Davina McCall to host new Channel 4 gameshow from Sony

UK commercial broadcaster Channel 4 has commissioned a new gameshow from Sony, Five Minutes to a Fortune, TBI has learned. The new daytime show will be fronted by Million Pound Drop and ex-Big Brother host Davina McCall. It will be made by Victory, the UK production company owned by Sony Pictures Television. Victory is currently […]