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What If? Gets Canadian Pickup

MUNICH: The Canadian channel V is producing its own version of the SevenOne International sketch comedy What If?, created by the producer of Benidorm Bastards. The comedy, which comes from Tim Van Aelst (Benidorm Bastards), is already a hit in Belgium and the Netherlands. It asks the questions "what if" ...

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Exclusive Interview: NBC’s Paul Telegdy

Thanks to its securing the plum post–Super Bowl position on NBC this January, the second-season premiere of The Voice drew a whopping 37 million viewers. Subsequent episodes, meanwhile, have managed to draw in more than 16 million viewers, sometimes putting the series ahead of that other talent-show juggernaut, American Idol. ...

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FOX Orders Two More Rounds of Hell’s Kitchen

LOS ANGELES: An 11th and 12th season of the Gordon Ramsay culinary competition series Hell’s Kitchen have been ordered by FOX. The season 10 premiere of Hell’s Kitchen is set for May 29. Starting June 4, the show will air twice per week, with new episodes running Mondays at 9 ...

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NBCUniversal Sells Still Standing Format into China

SINGAPORE: Marking its first ever format sale to China, NBCUniversal International has licensed the prime-time trivia format Still Standing to the Jiangsu Broadcasting Corporation. The series will be aired in Mandarin under the local title 站到底. The show will debut in March, airing in a weekly prime-time slot for a ...

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Simon Spalding to Lead Yummi Media Group

LONDON: Simon Spalding, who previously held senior-level stints at FremantleMedia, has joined Yummi Media Group as CEO, spearheading the international rollout of formats. Spalding spent 12 years at FremantleMedia in a number of senior roles. He now takes over as CEO of Yummi Media Group. The company’s new format proposition ...

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MIPTV: The Week in Formats

NEW YORK: TV Formats 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 ...

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Kinetic to Bring My Kitchen Rules to U.S.

SANTA MONICA: Kinetic Content has picked up the rights to produce an American version of the hit Seven Network series My Kitchen Rules. My Kitchen Rules, which launched in 2010, is now in its third season on Seven. In it, each team takes turns to transform an ordinary home into an ...

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MasterChef to Get Chinese Treatment

CANNES: The Shine Group has reached a deal with Shanghai Media Group that will see MasterChef being produced by SMG’s Dragon TV for the Chinese market.  The 12×90-minute series is set to air later this year. Production consultancy will be provided by Shine Network.  Mark Fennessy, the president of Shine ...

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Italian Version Set for Body & Brain Format

MUNICH: Mediaset has picked up the game show Body & Brain, for a local treatment to premiere in Italy on Canale 5 on May 7.   Hosted by Flavio Insinna and produced by Fatma Ruffini, the locally titled Il braccio e la mente features two contestants fighting for a cash prize. They ...

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