News round-up: HBO Max Spain seeks ‘The Traitors’; WBD & AMC call ‘Code 1’; BBC orders ‘That’s My Jam’

HBO Max Spain seeks ‘The Traitors’ HBO Max has ordered a local adaptation of psychological adventure format The Traitors for Spain. The eight-part series is being produced by Gestmusic (Banijay Iberia), where it will play locally as Traitors España, hosted by actor and director Sergio Peris-Mencheta. Originally developed by idtv and All3Media for RTL4 in the Netherlands, The […]

Unscripted round-up: Hulu meets ‘Peckham’s Finest’; Be-Entertainment lands ‘Dream Job In Paradise’; More4 & 6ter take on ‘Space Invaders’

Hulu meets ‘Peckham’s Finest’ Disney-owned US streamer Hulu has acquired UK reality show Peckham’s Finest, following a deal with distributor Abacus Media Rights. The 10 x 45-minute series, which is produced by Bandicoot Scotland (part of Argonon Group), debuted on ITV2 and ITV Hub in the UK in December. It will launch on Hulu tomorrow – […]

Australia’s WTFN hires Stephen Peters to head development

Australian indie WTFN has hired executive producer Stephen Peters as its new head of development. Peters has been working with the Melbourne-based prodco for close to a year as a contracted consultant, serving as an executive producer on its obs-doc series Sydney Harbour Force, which is being produced for Discovery Australia, New Zealand, and UK. […]

Show of the week: Mega Zoo

This animal-focused show highlights not just the ever-present interest in animals among viewers but also the adaptability and ingenious invention shown by producers during the pandemic. Filmed in Australia at Zoos Victoria’s three vastly different sites: first, there is the Melbourne Zoo on the city fringe; then the savannah of Werribee Open Range Zoo; and […]

TBI Weekly: Why co-productions matter in a Covid-19 world

Daryl Talbot, CEO and co-founder at Bondi Vet and Paramedics prodco WTFN, tackles the key questions facing producers around the world and explains why co-productions will emerge as a key tool in the survival kit. After approximately two months in lockdown, the focus now for most independent producers worldwide is two-fold: how quickly can I […]

News round-up: Oz ‘Living Room’ travels to US; CJ ENM & Bunim/Murray format deal; ZDF snags Covid-19 series

Dabl steps into WTFN’s ‘Living Room‘ WTFN-produced The Living Room is headed to the US on CBS-owned digital lifestyle network Dabl, thanks to a 120-hour content deal negotiated by Australia’s WTFN-owned distributor Fred Media. The long-running studio-based series, which was originally made by WTFN for Australia’s Network Ten, offers a “fresh entertainment spin” on lifestyle […]