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Netflix preps Idris Elba ‘sport’ show, marking first global docuseries from Netherlands

Netflix has partnered with Idris Elba on a show that claims to be the first docuseries produced in the Netherlands to launch worldwide on the streamer. Human Playground is from Banijay’s Netherlands-based label Scenery and is being coproduced with the French firm’s UK outfit Workerbee. Elba exec produces on the series, which also has director Tomas Kaan and […]

Why mixed-medium docs are the future

Streamers have helped to propel documentaries to new audiences, in particular enticing younger viewers. Richard Middleton discovers how this is affecting what’s on screen Few disagree that documentary filmmakers are in the midst of a rich vein of form, arguably the medium’s most prolific ever. And it is streamers that seem to be providing much […]

Channel 4 builds ‘The Bridge’

UK broadcaster Channel 4 has commissioned a new reality competition format, narrated by actor James McAvoy. The five-part The Bridge is based on a format originally created by Zeppelin, a Banijay Iberia company, and being produced by Manchester-based Workerbee. It is set to air later this year. The show will see 12 strangers come together, on […]

Crazy cash and snackable shorts: The future of entertainment on SVODs

As the likes of Netflix, Amazon and Quibi begin to get their unscripted affairs in order with heavy-hitting greenlights for global-facing shows such as The Circle, Back Of The Net and Elba vs Block, their strategy remains frustratingly opaque. TBI gathered some of the best creative minds in entertainment and formats to shed light on […]

Quibi makes first UK order with Idris Elba car stunt series

Short form video platform Quibi has greenlit its first show from the UK, a car-stunt series fronted by Idris Elba and rally car driver Ken Block. In Elba vs. Block, the duo pit a variety of cars against each other through a series of stunts to prove whose car and which driver is the best. […]

MTV UK assembles Workerbee’s ‘Love Squad’

MTV UK has ordered a new dating show from Endemol Shine-owned prodco Workerbee in which a group of friends takes control of their single friend’s love life.  Love Squad (30 x 22 minutes), one single will look to their friends and family, known as the Love Squad, to try and find their perfect match in one night. […]

UKTV, Endemol head north for reinvention

Broadcaster UKTV and producer Endemol Shine Group are looking to reinvent their brands in northern England. The businesses have revealed they are opening shop in Leeds – which is north of Manchester and Sheffield in the county of Yorkshire – just a week after Channel 4 unveiled the city as the base for its national […]