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Norwegian Dating Show Being Adapted for FOX

LOS ANGELES: FOX has ordered a pilot for a new dating series, Babes on the Bus, based on a format that originated in Norway. Endemol USA is producing the pilot for FOX. The concept centers on a group of single women who have searched their own cities for the man of ...

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Banijay Format Sold in Sweden, Renewed in Norway

LONDON: Origins of Love, a reality dating format sold by Banijay International, has been picked up by TV3 in Sweden and was renewed for a second season by Norway’s TV2. Eleven one-hour episodes of the format will be produced by Nordisk FilmTV Sweden for broadcast on TV3 in the spring. ...

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Keshet International Opens U.K. Hub

TEL AVIV: In an effort to expand its global presence, Keshet International has set up a new office in the U.K. Sara Johnson, who previously served as the head of drama at Sky and head of development at La Plante Productions, joins as executive producer and head of scripted co-productions, ...

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Popstar to Operastar Heads to Vietnam

LONDON: Popstar to Operastar, a successful format from ITV Studios Global Entertainment, is slated to premiere on VTV3 in Vietnam next year. Vietnamese production company Cattiensa will produce an 8×90-minute version of the show, in which popstars transform into opera singers—with some help from well-known opera experts—over the course of ...

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U.S. Version of The Taste Travels to New Zealand

MUNICH: Prime TV in New Zealand has acquired the broadcasting rights for the U.S. version of The Taste, which features the celebrity chefs Nigella Lawson and Anthony Bourdain. ABC is on board for nine episodes of The Taste, created by Kinetic Content and sold by Red Arrow International. The show ...

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MIP Academy Planned for ATF 2013

SINGAPORE: Speaking at the ATF opening ceremony today, Michelle Lim, the managing director of Reed Exhibitions, announced an alliance with Reed MIDEM to set up a conference at the Singapore-based market in 2013 focused on helping Asian producers create formats with international appeal. MIP Academy, the timing for which is still to be determined, ...

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Disney Loses Appeal in $318 Million Celador Lawsuit

LOS ANGELES: A federal court has upheld a verdict that The Walt Disney Company owes $319 million in profits from the game show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? and has rejected the company’s request for a new trial. Celador International, the show’s creators, had filed suit against Disney back ...

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Video Interview: Global Agency’s Izzet Pinto

NEW YORK: Izzet Pinto, Global Agency’s CEO, sat down with TV Formats to discuss the company’s aggressive expansion strategy and share with us some of the newest format highlights and what qualities he and his team look for when adding programs to the catalogue.   In just a few years’ ...

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Howard Stern Returning to America’s Got Talent

UNIVERSAL CITY: Howard Stern has renewed his contract to serve as a judge on America’s Got Talent, which will mark his second season on the show. The radio personality, TV host and author joined the alternative series last season. America’s Got Talent is produced by FremantleMedia North America and Simon ...

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The Amazing Race Set for Canada

TORONTO: Canada’s CTV has ordered its own local version of The Amazing Race, which will be adapted for the country by Insight Productions with the support of series creators Bertram van Munster and Elise Doganieri and Profiles Television. The Canadian format rights were licensed from Disney-ABC Domestic Television. The host ...

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