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Getting the American Treatment

NEW YORK: TV Formats takes a look at the new and returning format-based titles on the U.S. networks’ 2012-13 schedules.   Last week, the big five U.S. networks unveiled the new programming on their 2012-13 schedules. However, not all the concepts are “new” exactly, as a number of these series ...

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Come Dine with Me Commissioned in Brazil

LONDON: ITV Studios Global Entertainment has signed a deal with Brazil’s Globo TV to adapt the hit format Come Dine with Me, marking the 35th international territory to produce its own version of the show. The unscripted factual entertainment format follows amateur chefs competing against each other hosting a dinner ...

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Britney Spears, Demi Lovato Confirmed for X Factor

LOS ANGELES: Pop icon Britney Spears and singer/songwriter/actress Demi Lovato have signed on as judges for the new season of The X Factor on FOX. Spears has sold nearly 100 million albums worldwide. She has earned a total of five number one debut albums and 24 Top 40 songs in ...

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Video Interview: Banijay International’s Karoline Spodsberg

NEW YORK: Karoline Spodsberg, the managing director of Banijay International, talks in this video interview about the company’s growth and its strategy for making inroads in emerging markets.   A relatively young company, Banijay International has made tremendous gains in the format market since it arrived on the scene just ...

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HISTORY Brings Back Top Gear U.S.

NEW YORK: Production has started on a third season of the U.S. version of Top Gear for HISTORY, hosted by comedian Adam Ferrara, race-car driver Tanner Foust and racing analyst Rutledge Wood. Season two has been seen by nearly 60 million viewers. Season three will feature the trio exploring the ...

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The Voice Set for Middle Eastern Adaptation

DUBAI: MBC Group has picked up the rights to adapt Talpa’s hit singing format The Voice for broadcast across the Middle East and North Africa, with Sony Pictures Television Arabia co-producing the local version. “We are pleased to announce this multi-year agreement today, in our capacity as the exclusive broadcaster of this ...

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The Voice Set for Chinese Adaptation

LAREN: Zheijang TV is getting its own local version of the hit singing competition The Voice, which will be produced by Star China in cooperation Talpa and IPCN. Zheijang TV reaches more than 300 million viewers and is one of the oldest TV stations in China. The original The Voice of ...

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Chinese Deal Clinched for The Sing-Off

HONG KONG: Shenzhen Satellite TV is set to air a Chinese adaptation of Sony Pictures Television’s musical format The Sing-Off, which recently wrapped a third season in the U.S. and has been versioned in France and the Netherlands. SPT will co-produce 16 episodes—consisting of four one-hour casting shows and 12 80- ...

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