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MIPTV Spotlight: Banijay International

CANNES: From the producers of Stars in Danger: The High Dive and Beat Your Host comes Extraordinary Masters, a new studio entertainment format being presented by Banijay International. “Extraordinary Masters is the next step up from the singing- and dancing-focused entertainment formats that have dominated the market for many years ...

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Video Interview: Brain Games’ Jason Silva

NEW YORK: Jason Silva, the host of National Geographic Channel’s global hit Brain Games, recently met with TV Real to talk about the series’ global resonance, viral videos and engaging with audiences in an increasingly cluttered media landscape.   A self-described “wonder junkie,” Silva is the popular host of National ...

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E! Commits to Originals Seven Nights a Week

LOS ANGELES: E! has unveiled a mix of reality, comedy, news, live events and even a scripted series as part of its upcoming lineup, which includes new spin-offs from the Kardashians franchise and a second season of #RichKids of Beverly Hills. New series on the roster include Escape Club, which ...

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Rainbow & CitizenKid Launch Winx Club Promo

LONDON: Rainbow and French website CitizenKid have teamed up for a Winx Club promotion that will see one fan of the kids’ show win a trip to Italy. The contest launched last week and is slated to run until April 20 on CitizenKid, a website that lets children and their ...

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Armoza Formats Partners with Canada’s QMI Content

TEL AVIV: QMI Content has entered into a partnership with Armoza Formats that makes Armoza the exclusive international distributor for all the Canadian company's shows, along with the two collaborating for content development. The agreement focuses on the formats from the French-Canadian network TVA. The first stage of this partnership sees Armoza ...

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BBC America Commissions First Original Comedy

NEW YORK: BBC America has ordered its first original comedy series, Almost Royal, about two young British aristocrats who make their first trip to the U.S. Almost Royal, a 7×30-minute series, is produced by Burning Bright Productions with Clive Tulloh (Eddie Izzard: Marathon Man, The Dame Edna Treatment) as executive ...

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Peppa Pig Lands Broadcast, Licensing Deals in France

LONDON: Entertainment One Licensing (eOne) is expanding the presence of the award-winning preschool series Peppa Pig in France with new broadcast and licensing deals. Nickelodeon picked up the show, which is now set to premiere March 31 on the French Nick Jr. channel. It will be broadcast in blocks of ...

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Tom Fontana & Chris Long to Take Part in MIPTV Keynote

CANNES: Tom Fontana, the creator of Borgia, and Chris Long, the executive producer of The Mentalist, are taking part in a Media Mastermind Keynote at MIPTV, in a session moderated by World Screen’s Anna Carugati. On Tuesday at 3 p.m. in Auditorium A, Level 3, Palais des Festivals, the pair ...

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Murdoch Sons Assume New Posts at 21st Century Fox

NEW YORK: 21st Century Fox has appointed Lachlan Murdoch as non-executive co-chairman and James Murdoch has been elevated to co-chief operating officer. As non-executive co-chairman, Lachlan will work closely with senior management and the rest of the 21st Century Fox ...

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