Who Wants to be a Millionaire?

Cat and Mouse execs join Microsoft for new Skype-based TV project

The founders of TV technology firm Cat and Mouse have left the company to work on a new Skype-based TV solution for Microsoft, TBI has learned. Cat and Mouse specialises in studio graphics and software and interactive solutions for TV shows and live events, working with a range of producers and broadcasters, largely in the […]

Nordic World strikes UK formats deal

Distributor Nordic World has entered into a first-look partnership with recently-formed UK format creation outfit Boxatricks. Under the deal Nordic World, which is owned by public broadcasters TV2 Norway and TV4 Sweden, will have first rights to new formats created by Boxatricks. Boxatricks was formed in September 2013 by former Celador execs Steve Springford and […]

Intellygents founder leaves Sony Pictures Television

Kirsten Jan van Nieuwenhuijzen has left his position as creative director at Sony Pictures Television and started a new business, Indy Ideas. Van Nieuwenhuijzen was the cofounder of Intellygents, the interactive content firm that was acquired in 2006 for about €5 million (US$6.75 million) by 2waytraffic, which in turn was bought by Sony in 2008. […]

News brief: ITV axes Who Wants to be a Millionaire?

UK broadcaster ITV is ending its long-running format Who Wants to be a Millionaire?, 15 years after it first launched. ITV confirmed it was “not planning any further special episodes of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire beyond the remaining programmes which are still to come on ITV”. The news comes as Chris Tarrant, who […]

Weakest Link and Millionaire creators team for formats

Fintan Coyle, creator of hit quiz show The Weakest Link, has joined forces with Boxatricks, the fledgling formats business created by the people behind Who Wants to be a Millionaire?. He will work with the Boxatricks execs on new formats for the international market and bring some of his existing formats to the firm for […]

Millionaire creators open new formats business Boxatricks

The creators of Who Wants to be a Millionaire? and former boss at Hat Trick and Celador have joined forces to launch a new firm, Boxatricks. The company will create gameshow and quiz formats as well as fact-ent projects. Michael Whitehill and David Briggs are the pair that created Millionaire, which went on to become […]

Metronome MD exits to launch Shine-backed prodco

Merete Mortensen is stepping down from her position as managing director of the Danish arm of Scandinavia’s Metronome to launch her own company within the Shine Group. She is immediately being replaced by Metronome Productions’ vice MD and director of programmes Kent Nikolajasen at Shine’s Copenhagen-based production company. Mortensen’s new company, whose name is currently […]

The Finance of Formats

European broadcasters gained US$2.75 billion in 2012 from the 100 top format titles.   The TV Formats in Europe report covers 84 channels across 16 territories and shows that the 2012 figure was 5.3% up on the 2011 total and 20.1% up if you go back to 2009. Correspondingly, the number of hours broadcast reached […]

Five Minutes to a Fortune heads to Italy

UK entertainment format Five Minutes to a Fortune is being piloted in Italy. A local version, Cinque Minuti per una Fortuna, is being made for Mediaset’s Canale 5, marking the first time the show has moved beyond the UK where it was originated. TBI was the first to reveal that Sony Pictures Television-backed producer Victory […]

Virgin Media launches new-look games service

UK cable platform Virgin Media has launched a new games service that allows its subscribers to play games on the TV. The MSO, which was acquired by Liberty Global earlier this year, has teamed up with TV technology firm Two Way Media to roll out Play Games. The portal allows the 1.5 million Virgin subs […]