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A+E Networks’ Format Fervor

The reality series Pawn Stars, which airs on HISTORY in the U.S., has had resounding international success. Produced by Leftfield Pictures, the show features the activities inside the World Famous Gold & Silver Pawn Shop, a family-run business in Las Vegas led by patriarch Richard “The Old Man” Harrison, his ...

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BBC Worldwide Entertains with Shiny-Floor Formats

The celebrity entertainment show Tumble is the latest in a long line of shiny-floor formats for BBC Worldwide. Produced by BBC Productions, the series sees ten celebrities being pushed to their physical limits in a range of gymnastic and circus-inspired disciplines. The stars are paired with a professional gymnast/performer and ...

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Case Study: Married at First Sight

The extreme social-experiment format Married at First Sight, sold by Red Arrow International, follows six singles who agree to get legally married the moment they first meet. A panel of experts—psychologists, anthropologists, members of a church—creates what they believe are three perfect couples, based on scientific matchmaking. After several weeks ...

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Format Frenzy

Broadcasters in Central and Eastern Europe are opening up to new format genres. While the TV markets across Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) have faced some hard economic times, the demand for local programming has kept the region’s format business buoyant. Distributors are even breaking into new CEE territories and ...

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Dori Makes Moves in CEE

After establishing itself as a strong player in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) with ready-mades, Dori Media Group is now focusing on building its format business in the region. “We have increased our catalogue, mainly with fresh Israeli formats, some of them very cost-effective like Billy the Board, a street ...

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25 Seasons of Fort Boyard

The format Fort Boyard, sold by Zodiak Rights, has been going strong for 25 seasons. In the mid-1800s, a Napoleonic fort was constructed off the west coast of France, but was never actively used for battle or protection. Instead, years later it became the site of a physical game show, ...

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Global Agency’s Latest Buzz

Izzet Pinto, the CEO of Global Agency, shares with us the new trends that he's seen in the marketplace. Pinto knows a thing or two about stirring up buzz. From controversial formats to attention-getting marketing stunts to over-the-top parties, the company has been a talking point of the global format ...

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Televisa’s Format Focus

While telenovelas have long been considered the star product of Latin America’s audiovisual exports, formats are coming into the spotlight. Televisa Internacional, for instance, has ramped up this part of its catalogue considerably. In January of last year, the company agreed to a format joint venture with the Spanish production ...

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Formats Drive Growth for DRG

Headquartered in London's Covent Garden, DRG is an independent distributor that was founded by CEO Jeremy Fox back in 2007. Last year, 92.4 percent of the company was acquired by Modern Times Group (MTG), which was "wonderful news," according to Andrea Jackson, DRG's managing director of acquisitions and formats. "We ...

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TV Formats: 2013 Year in Review

TV Formats takes a look back at the headline-making deals and buzz-generating concepts that shook up the format industry in 2013. While the U.S., the U.K. and the Netherlands have long been regarded as creative hot spots, 2013 certainly showed the format market that good ideas can come from anywhere. ...

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***TV Formats Guide***