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Global Showbiz Briefs: ‘The End’ Gets German Remake; Turkish Censors Ban ‘Nymphomaniac’; Berlin Fest Dates; BBC3 Moving To Web?; Oz’s Animal Logic; More

By | Wednesday March 5, 2014 @ 10:00pm PST

the end turkeyEccho Rights has sold popular Turkish drama The End into further markets. It’s already being remade in the U.S. by Sander/Moses Prods at Fox, and now Germany’s UFA will develop a local version for broadcaster SAT1 while Shine France has also taken an option on the series. Further, Netflix has signed a non-exclusive agreement for the original in Sweden and the UK. The story is about a woman navigating a web of lies and intrigue as she searches for her husband whom she presumed dead following a plane crash. But it turns out he never boarded the plane. Produced by Ay Yapim in Turkey, the show is also getting a Russian version. Read More »

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Sundance Channel Greenlights ‘Dream School’ Headed By Curtis ‘50 Cent’ Jackson & Jamie Oliver

By | Thursday June 6, 2013 @ 8:02am PDT

Curtis ’50 Cent’ Jackson will executive produce Dream School under his G-Unit Films and Television banner and also appear in the original non-fiction series aimed at helping troubled teens, Sundance Channel President Sarah Barnett announced today. It’s slated to premiere in fall 2013. The series format was created by Jamie Oliver who will also executive produce, along with Roy Ackerman, under his Fresh One shingle. Oliver joins the Dream School project through his role in the successful UK series. The six-part hour-long series creates a place for troubled teens to turn their lives around in a place of learning where the educators are achievers and leaders. In Dream School classes are taught by professionals including musicians, politicians, filmmakers, scientists, actors and artists. Andrew Jameson also will serve as executive producer with Jackson and Jonathan Grosskopf will executive produce for Sundance Channel. The network recently premiered the second season of non-fiction series Push Girls which airs on Monday nights at 10 PM.

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ABC News Sued Again Over “Pink Slime” Reports

By | Thursday December 13, 2012 @ 1:21pm PST

A former worker at Beef Products Inc, the company at the forefront of a series of ABC News reports that said its meat was unsafe — turning the term “pink slime” into a pop culture hit — is suing the network, TV chef Jamie Oliver a food blogger and 10 unnamed defendants, saying the reports and their wake cost hm his job. Bruce Smith was chief counsel and director of environmental health and safety at a South Dakota-based processing plant, and was one of 750 co-workers eventually let go after the reports said company’s meat was not healthy and not even meat — former U.S. Department of Agriculture microbiologist Gerald Zirnstein used the term “pink slime” in a 2002 email after touring a Beef Products plant. Fast food chains soon began severing ties with the company, ultimately resulting in three plants being shuttered and layoffs at corporate headquarters.

Beef Products sued ABC News, anchor Diane Sawyer, reporters Jim Avila and David Kerley, and Zirnstein in September seeking $1.2 billion in damages, an action ABC News says is “without merit”. Smith’s civil suit filed Tuesday in Dakota County District Court in Nebraska is against ABC News, Sawyer, Avila, Oliver and others seeking $70,000. He claims ABC News made untrue statements about the meat product on air, that Oliver used his TV show and social media to target the company, and food blogger Bettina Siegel used her campaign to start a petition drive to get the meat removed from the National School Lunch Program. Siegel told the Associated Press she believed she was protected by the First Amendment. Read More »

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BBC America Sets Premiere Of Jamie Oliver’s ‘Chef Race: U.K. Vs. U.S.’

By | Tuesday September 4, 2012 @ 2:45pm PDT

BBC America Chef RaceIf you thought this was all settled back in 1776, you were wrong.  BBC America announced today that Chef Race: U.K. Vs. U.S. will kick off on October 2 with back-to-back episodes starting at 9 PM EDT. The Jamie Oliver-produced series will have a preview September 29 at 10 PM EDT just after the Dr. Who mid-season finale. Chef Race pits 8 Brits against 8 American in both their cooking and business skills in a contest spanning L.A. to New York. The winner gets $100,000. The series will air in its regular 10 PM time slot starting October 9. MasterChef‘s Richard Corrigan will serve as the show’s mentor and judge, while Food Network’s Claire Robinson will host. The unscripted series is being produced by Oliver’s Fresh One Prods. The chef is executive producing with The Amazing Race‘s Amy Chacon, Undercover Boss‘ Stef Wagstaffe, Roy Ackerman, Sebastian Grant and Jo Ralling.

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Jamie Oliver To Produce New BBC America Series ‘Chef Race: UK Vs. U.S.’

By | Wednesday June 13, 2012 @ 12:42pm PDT

The newly greenlighted Chef Race: UK Vs. U.S. follows 16 chefs — eight British and eight Americans — who race from Los Angeles to New York for a $100,000 prize. The contestants have no money and minimal resources, so they must use their resourcefulness, ingenuity, leadership and finesse along with their cooking skills to win. MasterChef‘s Richard Corrigan will serve as mentor and judge and Food Network’s Claire Robinson will host. The unscripted series is being produced by UK chef Jamie Oliver (ABC’s Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution) and his Fresh One Prods and is set to premiere in the fall. Oliver is executive producing with The Amazing Race‘s Amy Chacon, Undercover Boss‘ Stef Wagstaffe, Roy Ackerman, Sebastian Grant and Jo Ralling.

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