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MIPTV: The Week in Formats

TV Formats.ws recaps the format deals that made headlines at MIPTV last week. Outlining the irreversible trends that are transforming television and boding well for producers in 2012, FremantleMedia CEO Tony Cohen pointed to the "the inexorable acceleration of the global entertainment format business” in an address at MIPTV. Speaking ...

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Say It Again

Despite the challenges associated with scripted formats, they are in high demand around the world. In 2010, the American TV director, producer and writer Philip Rosenthal made a Sony Pictures Entertainment theatrical documentary about the trials and tribulations of producing a local-language sitcom in Russia. Called Exporting Raymond, the film ...

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Talpa’s Talent Showcase Continues

Talpa will be introducing a record number of new formats at this year’s MIPTV, according to Maarten Meijs, Talpa Distribution’s managing director. Although still flying high around the globe with the singing competition The Voice, the company will introduce The Winner is…, the latest of its prime-time vocal-talent shows, this ...

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Jim Henson’s Format Possibility

The Jim Henson Company is moving into the format business with The Possibility Shop. Richard Goldsmith, executive VP of global distribution, tells TV Formats Weekly about his rollout strategy for the mom-friendly show. With a slate that includes classics like Fraggle Rock and current preschool hits Sid the Science Kid ...

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Case Study: ALL3MEDIA’s Four in a Bed

Studio Lambert, part of the ALL3MEDIA group of companies, is behind the hit show Three in a Bed. The series, created for Channel 4 in the U.K., watches as three owners of small family-run hotels or bed & breakfasts take turns to play host to the two others. “The bed ...

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In Treatment in Session in Central Europe

HBO Central Europe has adapted the In Treatment format in a number of countries, including Romania, where it is headed into its second season. Following a successful first season on HBO Romania, In Treatment, which is aired locally as În derivă, is currently in production for a second run. The ...

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Israel Making a Strong Stand in the U.S.

The game show Still Standing is one of several Israeli formats that have found success in the U.S. as of late. With the opening of a trapdoor, a sudden plummet awaits the contestants who give the wrong answer in the new NBC quiz show Who’s Still Standing? The show kicked ...

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DRG Stays On Script

Andrea Jackson, the managing director of acquisitions and formats at DRG, highlights the company’s scripted format slate, which includes the hit Shameless. The genesis of DRG’s formats business was in the acquisition of a number of long-standing British distribution companies. “We merged distribution companies, whilst everyone else in London was ...

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Case Study: Global Agency’s Shopping Monsters

The Shopping Monsters format launched a year ago this February on Turkey’s Kanal D, climbing rapidly in the ratings to become the channel’s highest rated daytime show. Global Agency has since scored a slew of deals for the format, in territories such as Australia, Canada, France, Greece, Norway, Romania, Russia, ...

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2011: TV Formats Year in Review

TV Formats Weekly takes a look back at the highlights of the format industry in 2011. The last few years had seen rapid consolidation shaking up the format landscape, though 2011 was much quieter in this arena, with only a handful of smaller mergers and acquisitions taking place. Endemol made ...

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