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#TBT: ‘Chrisley Knows Best,’ ‘@midnight’ Producers Shop ‘#ThrowbackThursday’ Series

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#TBT: ‘Chrisley Knows Best,’ ‘@midnight’ Producers Shop ‘#ThrowbackThursday’ SeriesEXCLUSIVE: Maverick TV, producer of USA’s breakout docu-comedy Chrisley Knows Best, has teamed with Serious Business, the creators/executive producers of another breakout comedic program, Comedy Central‘s late-night entry @midnight, to develop #ThrowbackThursday, a new panel comedy series that taps into the hugely popular social-media phenomenon of sharing “throwback” photos and videos from the past every Thursday.

Funny and nostalgic #TBT pictures and videos will be presented by a host to a panel of top comedians, who will riff and poke fun at the embarrassing things people used to wear, say, and do. Adam Greener and Jim Sayer will executive produce for All3Media‘s Maverick TV, along with All3Media America’s Eli Holzman and Stephen Lambert and Serious Business principals Alex Blagg, Jason Nadler, and Jon Zimelis. The project is expected to be pitched to networks soon.

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Liberty Global Buys 6.4% Stake In ITV; Pays $824M For BSkyB’s Holding

By | Thursday July 17, 2014 @ 12:42am PDT

Liberty Global Buys 6.4% Stake In ITV; Pays $824M For BSkyB’s HoldingJohn Malone’s Liberty Global has been on an acquisitions spree in Europe over the past year, and while the company says it does not intend to make a takeover bid for the whole, it has purchased a 6.4% stake in the UK’s leading commercial broadcaster ITV. Liberty has acquired 259.8 million shares in ITV from BSkyB for approximately £481M ($824M), the company said in a statement early Thursday morning.
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Primetime Emmys: Full List Of Nominees

By | Thursday July 10, 2014 @ 5:53am PDT

Primetime Emmys: Full List Of NomineesThe 66th annual Primetime Emmy Awards nominations were announced this morning at the TV Academy in North Hollywood. Netflix fared well with Best Series nominations in both comedy and drama categories, with Orange Is The New Black in the former and House Of Cards in the latter. HBO fared well with noms for rookie Silicon Valley and Veep on the comedy side and Game Of Thrones and True Detective on the drama side. Both of that series’ stars, Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrleson, received nods in the actor category, as did Mad Men‘s Jon Hamm. The AMC show is back in the drama race with Breaking Bad and Downton Abbey rounding out the category. On the comedy side, the top category includes reigning champ Modern Family, CBS’ The Big Bang Theory and FX’s Louie.

Here’s the full list of noms:

Outstanding Comedy Series

The Big Bang Theory
CBS • Chuck Lorre Productions, Inc. in association with Warner Bros. Television

Louie
FX Networks • Pig Newton, Inc. and FX Productions

Modern Family
ABC • Picador Productions and Steven Levitan Productions in association with 20th Century Fox Television

Orange Is The New Black
Netflix • Lionsgate Television for Netflix

Silicon Valley
HBO • HBO Entertainment in association with Judgemental Films, Alec Berg, Altschuler Krinsky works, and 3 Arts Entertainment

Veep
HBO • HBO Entertainment in association with Dundee Productions

Outstanding Drama Series

Breaking Bad
AMC • Sony Pictures Television

Downton Abbey
PBS • A Carnival Films/Masterpiece Co-Production in association with NBC Universal

Game Of Thrones
HBO • HBO Entertainment in association with Bighead, Littlehead; Television 360; Startling Television and Generator Productions

House Of Cards
Netflix • Donen/Fincher/Roth and Trigger Street Productions, Inc. in association with Media Rights Capital for Netflix

Mad Men
AMC • Lionsgate Television

True Detective
HBO • HBO Entertainment in association with Neon Black, Anonymous Content, Parliament of Owls and Passenger Read More »

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Global TV Biz Consolidation: Shine-Endemol-Core Would Create Mega Indie

Reality Check is a Deadline feature series covering the players, programs and trends in reality television.

21st_century_fox_logo_newIn mid-May, 21st Century Fox surprised industry watchers when it announced its intent to form a joint venture with Apollo Global Management that would include the Shine Group, Endemol and CORE Media Group. Apollo had been known to be contemplating a tie-up of Big Brother producer Endemol and American Idol parent CORE Media, but the Shine element was new. What was unsurprising was this further move towards consolidation in the TV production sector which has seen myriad companies – big and small — acquired by the likes of Discovery, Warner Bros, ITV, Sony and Red Arrow to name a few, in the past year and a half. Folks caution that it’s still early days for a potential combined Shine-Endemol-Core, but that the desire is there to see such a deal come to fruition. If it does, it will create a so-called Mega Indie that would be one of the world’s biggest independent production companies working across both scripted and non-scripted. 21st Century Fox and funds managed by affiliates of Apollo would co-own and manage the new joint venture. Read More »

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Paramount TV Inks First-Look Deal With Anonymous Content, Sets ‘Alienist’ Series

By | Tuesday May 27, 2014 @ 11:13am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

paramounttvAs part of ramping up operations, Paramount Television has signed its first first-look deal, a three-year production pact with management/production company Anonymous Content, which executive produces HBO’s breakout hit True Detective. Under the agreement, Paramount TV will have first-look rights to produce and distribute scripted television programming developed by Anonymous Content for broadcast, premium cable, cable and online. Paramount TV’s first project with Anonymous Content, run by managing partners Steve Golin and Michael Sugar, will be a drama series alienistinspired by Caleb Carr’s best-selling novel, The Alienist, which is set in 1896 New York. “I’ve known Steve both professionally and personally for many years, and I have enormous respect for the sophisticated and entertaining movies and television Anonymous Content creates,” said Paramount Pictures chairman and CEO Brad Grey. “As we build our television business, we are proud to welcome the Anonymous team into the Paramount family.”

Paramount TV, which was launched last summer with Amy Powell as president, recently received its first greenlight for three-hour Grease Live musical event on Fox in 2015. The studio’s development slate include an event series based on A. Scott Berg’s Pulitzer Prize-winning biography, Lindbergh; a crime drama with Joe Carnahan in the vein of Narc; a re-imagination of The Truman Show with Andrew Niccol; an adaptation of Peter Moffat’s BBC series The Village with Sundance Prods. and All3Media; a television adaptation of Ghost with filmmakers Akiva Goldsman and Jeff Pinkner; and a multi-project deal with Craig Brewer for original scripted dramas.
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21st Century Fox & Apollo In Joint Venture Talks For Shine, Endemol And CORE Media

21st_century_fox_logo_newIn a move that would create a mega-indie, 21st Century Fox has confirmed its intent to form a joint venture with private equity firm Apollo Global Management which would combine the Fox-owned Shine Group and Apollo-controlled Endemol and CORE Media Group. Shine-Group-logo-Large1-300x80The deal would be the latest big step in the fever pitch consolidation that’s happening in the global TV production Core-Media-Group-logo-2012__130424013517-275x267sector. Apollo has been known to be contemplating an Endemol tie-up with American Idol parent CORE Media, and at one time there was a scenario of adding Peter Chernin’s Chernin Entertainment to the mix. If a deal to combine Shine with Big Brother producer Endemol and CORE comes to fruitiion, it would follow such recent major media transactions as Discovery acquiring All3Media (at one time considered a purchase target of endemolFremantleMedia), and the continuous shopping spree by ITV which just last week bought Leftfield Entertainment for $360M. Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox today warned, however, “There can be no assurance that the proposed transaction will be completed.” The process is expected to continue several months. The full statement reads: “21st Century Fox confirms its intent to form a joint venture with funds managed by affiliates of Apollo … Read More »

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Deadline Big Media 84 – The All3 Apple Alibaba Podcast

Deadline Big Media ep 84In this edition of the podcast, Deadline’s executive editor David Lieberman and host David Bloom recap Deadline’s annual report on the most out-of-whack paydays for CEOs in media. Who got paid the most compared to their own top colleagues this past year? We’ll also jump on the news carousel with big deal-related stories affecting All3Media, Apple and Alibaba; and decide what to make of Liberty’s John Maffei statement that Charter is still looking for more cable buys after its $20 billion deal with Comcast.

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Global Showbiz Watch 37 – The All In On All3 Episode

Global Showbiz Watch ep 37In this week’s podcast, Deadline International Editor Nancy Tartaglione and host David Bloom take apart the just-announced deal by Discovery and Liberty Global to buy All3Media for $930 million and look at who might be next in line as the global buying spree in TV production companies continues. They also catch up on still more news ahead of next week’s opening of the Cannes Film Festival, with pictures involving Bryan Cranston, Jennifer Aniston and Elisabeth Moss, even as a squad of aging Expendables plans to roll onto the Croisette; look at a U.S. production with a good reason besides tax incentives to shoot in London; and a kingly casting for the BBC adaptation of Wolf Hall. Read More »

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Discovery And Liberty Global Agree To $930M Deal For All3Media

Advanced wokingsThe price, at £550M is less than All3Media‘s majority shareholder Permira originally wanted. But the deal puts the UK production company in the hands of two formidable global TV providers who have created a joint venture for the purchase and vowed to let All3Media remain a stand-alone entity. Discovery and Liberty Global “come with a long-term view of the importance of building a leading global content company and appreciate All3Media’s distinctive philosophy of creative freedom and diversity,” says All3Media Chairman Steve Morrison. The partnership will help his company “to expand further through multiple avenues of growth around the world, including in the U.S. market, which has been a driver for our business for the past several years.” 

Related: Discovery CEO Says He’s Looking At Global Deals But Doesn’t Need To Buy

It’s the latest addition to a new breed of company that some refer to as “mega indies.” This also is a big step for Discovery and Liberty’s international expansion — endorsed by John Malone, who controls nearly 28% of the votes at Liberty Global and 29% at Discovery. Liberty bought Virgin Media in 2013 and earlier this year agreed to pay $9.4B in cash and stock for Dutch cable operator Ziggo. In January, Discovery fast-tracked its acquisition of a controlling stake in Pan-European platform Eurosport, and last year bought the SBS Nordic operations of Germany’s ProSiebenSat.1. The move also lays to rest long percolating rumors that FremantleMedia was poised to acquire All3Media.

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Discovery CEO Says He’s Looking At Global Deals But Doesn’t Need To Buy

DavidZaslavDavid Zaslav didn’t want to directly address reports that he’s considering a run at UK independent TV production power All3Media and weighed a bid for the country’s Channel 5, which Viacom just agreed to buy. But in an earnings call with analysts this morning the Discovery CEO left the door open for a deal, and protected his negotiating leverage by saying that he could easily walk away. “We look at everything but only want to buy assets that will help us strategically,” he says. “We’re in the 4th inning in terms of our growth strategy internationally.” While he says that Discovery can grow organically and doesn’t “need to buy anything,” it also wants to be “opportunistic.”

Related: Discovery Misses Q1 Earnings Estimates

OWN_logo-2__130529151034-200x109__130919234649__140109185239Execs were a little defensive after Discovery reported slightly disappointing results for Q1, which led the stock to open -3%. The company volunteered that Oprah Winfrey’s OWN network has grown so much over the last year that it was able to pay back $16M vs last year when Discovery had to funnel $14M to the channel. And while Discovery Channel was “hit hard by the Olympics,” Zaslav says, its ratings “did rally and we’re up 12% in prime [time] in April.” Read More »

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Syfy Upfronts: ‘Sharknado 3′ Gets Greenlight, Unscripted And Miniseries Development Slate Unveiled, Tricia Helfer To Star In ‘Ascension’

By | Wednesday April 30, 2014 @ 12:36pm PDT

sharknadoSyfy said today that it has given a green light to Sharknado 3 to air in summer 2015, and it looks like more of the same except in a new city — which is being syfy1kept under wraps. The network also revealed its first unscripted slate (see the list of projects below) and announced it is developing adaptations of the graphic novels Clone, from Robert Kirkman and David Alpert (The Walking Dead), and Letter 44 from Jonathan Mostow (Terminator 3). That is in addition to The Magicians based on the Lev Grossman novels that we broke here first.

On the miniseries front, Syfy is developing Pax Romana, based on Jonathan Hickman’s comic book limited series published in 2007 about a Special Forces team that travels back in time to Ancient Rome on the eve of World War III to “fix” the future by altering the past. Roman legions battle modern day attack helicopters, tanks and soldier as the leaders of the expedition fight over their vision for civilization. Also in the works is an adaptation of the Frank Miller DC comic series Ronin, set eight centuries after a Japanese Ronin samurai failed to protect his master from a demon, he awakens in a futuristic, nihilistic New York in the body of Billy, a medical experiment. Warner Horizon is producing.

Related: Syfy Developing ‘Pax Romana’ Miniseries

Premiere Of Screen Media Films' "Authors Anonymous" - Red CarpetMeanwhile, Syfy also announced that veteran Tricia Helfer is returning to the network fold. She will star in Ascension, Syfy’s new original six-hour event series that was greenlighted in March. It also said that a new unscripted series, Town Of The Living Dead, will premiere October 7. The comedic docuseries from True Entertainment follows a small Alabama town trying to complete their own independent zombie movie six years in the making.

Related: Syfy Picks Up Adventure Series ‘Killjoys’

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Bravo’s Unscripted Slate Includes Female CEOs, NY Trainers, And North Dakota

By | Monday April 28, 2014 @ 10:08am PDT

NBC Universal LogosBravo Media today unveiled five new unscripted series in development. Fempire follows female CEOs dominating their field, The Fit Club, tackles New York City’s hottest trainers, Why Not Minot? looks at the wealthy area of Minot, ND, Last Chance gives couples one last opportunity to salvage their relationship by putting them on television, and Crowd Control, in which social media decides participants’ life decisions, from what job they take to the food they eat. “Bravo is constantly developing projects to find the next big hit that resonates with our pop culture enthusiasts,” said Lara Spotts, SVP Development for Bravo Media. Read More »

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MTV Orders 3 New Reality Series, Renews ‘Snooki & JWOWW’, ‘Real World’, ‘Girl Code’

By | Thursday April 24, 2014 @ 2:00pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

mtvAs part of unveiling its slate to advertisers at its upfront presentation in New York today, MTV has announced the pickup of three new unscripted series, the Alaska-based Slednecks, from the producers of the network’s Buckwild; extreme dancing competition Beyond Dance; and the based-on-true-stories One Bad Choice. Additionally, the network has ordered new seasons of Snooki & JWOWW, Real World and Girl Code and has set premiere dates for new family drama series Finding Carter (watch the first trailer below) and  Rob Dyrdek’s cooking show The Snack-Off as well as return dates for Teen Wolf and Dyrdek’s Ridiculousness. MTV2 will debut a second season of Nick Cannon Presents: Wild ‘N Out this summer. On the music front, MTV is rolling out a new documentary series, 9 Days and Nights, that tells the story of one artist at a turning point in their life and career. The first 60-minute installment, set to a June launch, will feature British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran, with appearances by Taylor Swift and Pharrell Williams. MTV sibling Logo TV is partnering with Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos’s Milojo Prods. for The Secret Guide to Fabulous Living (working title), a 30-minute comedic “how to” series, which will premiere this summer. Here are details on MTV’s new series: Read More »

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USA Network Renews ‘Chrisley Knows Best’ For Second Season

By | Monday April 14, 2014 @ 9:00am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

NUP_158507_0233.jpgIn Chrisley Knows Best, USA Network found its first unscripted breakout. Now the cable network has renewed the half-hour reality series for a 12-episode second season ahead of the April 22 Season 1 finale. Described as a real-life family comedy, it follows Atlanta-based self-made multimillionaire Todd Chrisley, his wife Julie, and their five children who live a seemingly picture-perfect Southern life with everything money can buy. Paired with USA’s off-network family comedy Modern Family, Chrisley Knows Best hit a season high with last Tuesday’s episode,usa-network-logo pulling in 823,000 P18-49, 742,000 P25-54 and 1.2 million total viewers P2+. That was up 34% in  adults 18-49 and up 10% in total viewers from the previous week. Chrisley Knows Best is produced by Maverick TV and All3Media America, with Adam Greener, Jim Sayer, and Stephanie Bloch Chambers, Eli Holzman and Stephen Lambert serving as executive producers.

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‘Charlie Sheen’s Bad Influence’ Pilot Part Of WE TV’s 2014-15 Slate

By | Thursday April 10, 2014 @ 9:27am PDT

We_tv_logo_2011 (1)WE tv‘s slate of unscripted original programming for 2014-2015 includes a one-hour pilot of Charlie Sheen’s Bad Influence, a relationship-based competition show in which Sheen puts engaged couples to the ultimate test by challenging how well they think they know their intended. "Scary Movie V" - Los Angeles PremiereThe pilot is currently in production in Los Angeles and was announced today during WEtv’s upfront presentation. The network also greenlighted the new series Match Made In Heaven, Mystery Millionaire and David Tutera’s CELEBrations and renewed the popular shows Kendra On Top, Marriage Boot Camp and the Braxton Family Values spinoff Tamar & Vince. In addition to the network’s growing unscripted efforts, WE tv will debut its first original scripted series, The Divide, this July. The network previously announced the fourth season of Braxton Family Values, second season of SWV Reunited, and the new series Love Thy Sister debuting this summer. Here’s a complete description of its slate: Read More »

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Paramount TV Unveils First Development Slate That Includes Series Takes On ‘Narc’ & ‘Truman Show’, Firms Up Executive Team

By | Wednesday April 9, 2014 @ 10:41am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

trumanA year after Paramount Studios signaled its re-entry in TV with the relaunch of Paramount Television, the start-up division has set its first development slate. As expected, it includes mining well-known properties from the Paramount movie library. That includes a crime drama with roots in Joe Carnahan’s Narc, with Carnahan writing and directing the pilot, and a re-imagination of the Jim Carrey hit The Truman Show. Additionally, Paramount has boarded the Terminator TV series, joining Skydance Television and Annapurna Pictures, who announced the project back in December. Paramount TV also has in the works an adaptation of hit feature Ghost with filmmakers Akiva Goldsman and Jeff Pinkner.

paramounttvOther projects on Paramount TV’s inaugural slate include a drama series inspired by Caleb Carr’s best-selling novel The Alienist, with Anonymous Content (True Detective) executive producing; a limited series event based on A. Scott Berg’s Pulitzer-winning biography Lindbergh; and an adaptation of Peter Moffat’s BBC series The Village with Sundance Productions and All3Media. They join previously announced mutli-project deal with Craig Brewer for original scripted dramas. “While we are just getting started, there has been a terrific amount of momentum at Paramount TV as we look to develop new ideas as well as harness some of the studio’s most iconic titles,” said Paramount TV president Amy Powell. Read More »

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UPDATE: CNBC Orders More ‘The Profit’, Beefs Up Reality Slate; ‘Restaurant Kickstart’ Looks “Under The Hood”

By | Tuesday April 8, 2014 @ 11:40am PDT

cnbclogoUPDATE, 11:40 AM: One of CNBC‘s new series Restaurant Kickstart adds to the business network’s roster of reality-competition fare. Debuting in July, it follows wannabe restaurateurs launching pop-up establishments with $7,500 in seed money, on Melrose Avenue. Start-ups, chef and co-star Tim Love said today at the network’s NBC Press Day panel, are getting to be “more and more focused,” he said, citing The Meatball Shops that have opened up around New York, and one of this show’s would-be restaurateurs who wanted to serve all her meals in waffle cones — “she thinks that’s the next big thing,” he said. In this new program, competitors must create and open a pop-up restaurant almost overnight. Love and show host Joe Bastianich then decide, based on the results, whether to invest more heavily in the entrepreneur. Unlike the pantheon of food competition series on TV these days, “it’s not a restaurant show — it’s an investment show,” Love insisted. “It really looks under the hood,” chimed in exec producer Eden Gaha.

PREVIOUS, 8:51 AM: Coming off its best quarter among adults 25-54 in more than a decade, CNBC today announced an extended order of episodes for Season 2 of The Profit. The series, which airs Tuesdays at 10 PM, follows serial entrepreneur Marcus Lemonis who saves struggling businesses while investing his own cash in the process. Last Tuesday’s episode of The Profit was the most-watched original series telecast ever for the network among P25-54 and total viewers. And among P25-54, season two is up +115% from last year’s first season. CNBC added eight additional episodes to season two for a total of 16 one-hour episodes. The additional episodes, which have yet to be shot, will air in October. The Profit is produced by Machete Productions with Amber Mazzola as executive producer. The network also greenlit two new primetime summer series, Restaurant Kickstart with restaurateur Joe Bastianich, and celebrity chef, Tim Love set for July; and Filthy Rich Guide to debut in August. In addition, CNBC unveiled three series in development: Restaurant Confidential: New York (working title), Hard Money (working title) and More Money More Problems (working title). The announcements were made today by Jim Ackerman, SVP, Primetime Alternative, CNBC. Here are descriptions of the new greenlit series and projects in development: Read More »

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Bravo Unveils 15 New Series, 3 Projects In Development, 16 Returning Series

By | Tuesday April 8, 2014 @ 9:20am PDT

NBC Universal LogosBravo Media has unveiled its slate of original programming at its upfront including 15 new series (two scripted), 16 returning series and three new projects in development. That includes Bravo’s first scripted comedy, Odd Mom Out, a half-hour series based on the life of author and fashionista Jill Kargman which captures the outrageous world of uber-wealthy momzillas of New York’s Upper East Side. It joins Bravo’s first scripted series, the recently greenlighted hourlong dramedy Girlfriend’s Guide To Divorce. The upcoming unscripted slate includes offshoots of Bravo mainstays Real Housewives and Top Chef. Among returning series, the network has confirmed a second season of Below Deck, a third season of Don’t Be Tardy, a seventh season of Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles and Season 6 for The Real Housewives Of New Jersey. Returning this fall also is a 12th season of the Emmy Award-winning culinary competition series Top Chef,  season 8 of The Millionaire Matchmaker, The Real Housewives of Atlanta Season 7, and The Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills Season 5.  Here are descriptions of Bravo’s new series and projects in development:

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FremantleMedia Acquires Majority Stake In SallyAnn Salsano’s 495 Prods.

By | Wednesday March 26, 2014 @ 12:33pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

495ProdsThe consolidation of independent unscripted production companies continues, with FremantleMedia buying a 75% stake in SallyAnn Salsano‘s 495 Prods. with the option to acquire the remaining 25%g in the future. Founded in 2006 by Salsano, 495 Prods. is behind such unscripted series as MTV’s Jersey Shore and spinoffs Snooki And JWOWW, The Show With Vinny and The Pauly D Project; Spike TV’s Tattoo Nightmares, which FremantleMedia distributes internationally, and Repo Games; MTV’s dating show Friendzone and the daytime syndicated talk show The Real. The company also produces Jerks With Cameras for MTV, Tattoos After Dark for Oxygen and CMT breakout hit Party Down South. “Our ambition is to continue to grow 495 Productions in the U.S. and to broaden its global footprint even further through our extensive distribution and production network,” FremantleMedia CEO Cécile Frot-Coutaz said. Read More »

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