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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Rising Star’ & ‘Wipeout’ Fall, ‘Big Brother’ Steady, ‘Reckless’ Rises

By | Monday July 21, 2014 @ 8:55am PDT

RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Rising Star’ & ‘Wipeout’ Fall, ‘Big Brother’ Steady, ‘Reckless’ RisesIt was a half-and-half night among the Big 4 in primetime Sunday. CBS and ABC were almost all originals, while NBC and Fox were all encores. For Big Brother (2.1/8), that literally meant a bit of chess match among the usual housemate intrigue. Although the fourth Sunday broadcast of Season 16 of the vet reality show dipped 5% among adults 18-49 from last week, preliminary ratings have BB as the top-rated show of the night and, with 6.38 million tuning in, the night’s second-most-watched show — following the audience of 7.72 million for a repeat of 60 Minutes (0.9/4) that started the night. New episodes of Unforgettable (1.0/3) and freshman Reckless (0.6/2) followed BB to round out the night. Last night saw another double-digit rise for the Poppy Montgomery starrer as it grew 11% from its July 13 show. The latter took an even bigger jump with a 20% rise from last week, when it was flat with the week before. CBS topped the night in18-49 with a 1.1/4 rating and in total viewers with 6.147 million watching.

Even though it was all repeats, Fox was second in ratings (1.0/4) while ABC was No. 2 in viewers with 4.073 million. With a 1.5/5 rating, Fox’s 9 PM Family Guy encore was the night’s second-highest-rated show. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Big Brother’& ‘Rising Star’ Up, ‘Unforgettable’ Soars, ABC Tops Sunday Among Demo

By | Monday July 14, 2014 @ 8:55am PDT

RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Big Brother’& ‘Rising Star’ Up, ‘Unforgettable’ Soars, ABC Tops Sunday Among DemoOn a busy TV Sunday that saw the World Cup final on ABC and cable debuts and season returns, CBS was the only one of the Big 4 to offer almost a full slate of originals. Coming off a 60 Minutes (1.0/4) repeat, the third Sunday broadcast of Season 16 of Big Brother (2.1/7) saw a Harry Potter inspired block competition that resulted in some very fetching outfits on the contestants. It also saw the 1-hour BB rise 11% over its July 6 show. Big Brother was the top show ratingswise and the second highest after the 60 Minutes repeat’s 8.10 million, in overall viewers with 6.66 million watching. The rest of CBS’ night wasn’t so bad either with Unforgettable (0.9/3) soaring 29% from the double-digit drop of last week. The network ended the night with freshman Reckless (0.6/2), which was even with its July 6 show.

Not even at all, at least in preliminary ratings, was ABC’s new high tech, high concept competition show Rising Star (1.4/4). After declining since it June 22 debut and then stabilizing last week, the 2-hour live on the East Coast show took a step upward last night with a 17% rise from the week before- that’s the best result since the show’s premiere. Couldn’t hurt that its lead-in Wipeout (1.3/4), the only other original on ABC last night, was up almost the same with a 17% jump over its not so strong July 6th show to a season high. ABC won the night with a 1.2/4 … Read More »

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Global Showbiz Briefs: ‘Lucy’ To Open Locarno Film Festival; Brazil’s Take On ‘Rising Star’ Gets Season 2 Renewal; More

Global Showbiz Briefs: ‘Lucy’ To Open Locarno Film Festival; Brazil’s Take On ‘Rising Star’ Gets Season 2 Renewal; More

‘Lucy’ To Open Locarno Film Festival
Luc Besson’s Lucy is set to open the Locarno Film Festival on August 6. Scarlett Johansson and Morgan Freeman star in the sci-fi pic about a woman caught in a dark deal who turns the tables on her captors and transforms into a merciless warrior. Besson showed extended clips at CineEurope in Barcelona a few weeks ago that handily demonstrated Johansson’s badass-ness in the vein of other of his strong female heroes. The director will be on hand in Switzerland to present the movie that’s produced by his EuropaCorp. Universal releases Stateside on July 25.

superstar_logo_amarelo_copyBrazil’s ‘SuperStar’ Gets Season 2 Renewal
Rising Star’s Brazilian version, SuperStar, has been renewed for a second season — this is the first renewal for a local version. Rede Globo has ordered a 14-episode second season of Superstar to air in 2015. The Keshet International format had its finale on Sunday and was the most-watched show of the night, peaking with a 33% share and 3M votes. It averaged a 31% share throughout the first season, during which the voting app was downloaded 3.2M times and about 25M votes were cast. The other international versions currently airing are in Portugal and the U.S. Season 2 of the original Israeli format is prepping up.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Unforgettable’ Falls, ‘Big Brother’ & ‘Rising Star’ Even, Miley Cyrus Special Low

By | Monday July 7, 2014 @ 9:07am PDT

RATINGS RAT RACE:  ‘Unforgettable’ Falls, ‘Big Brother’ & ‘Rising Star’ Even, Miley Cyrus Special LowThe end of the July 4th holiday weekend was almost a full house in primetime. While CBS was the only one of the Big 4 to have the closest to full schedule of new shows, ABC and NBC threw their hats somewhat into the ring as well. On a night that saw TV usage down 5% from June 29, Fox went for all animation encores and a Brain Game (0.5/2) special at 7 PM. They might have wanted to make it all encores as Brain Game was down a hard 50% from its last special on May 24.

The almost full slate proved a winning option for CBS with the network coming out on top in terms of total viewers with 6.136 million watching. They kicked things off with a 60 Minutes (1.0/4) repeat that proved the most watched show of the night with an audience of 8.45 million. Then it was the second Sunday broadcast of this season of Big Brother (1.8/6). The highest-rated broadcast of the night, the vet reality show was even with last week and hence right now tied for a Sunday series low. The news got better for freshman Reckless (0.7/2) which was up 17% among Adults 18-49 from last week’s debut. However, the good times did not continue. Lead-out Unforgettable (0.7/2) took a big hit from its June 29 airing with a 22% fall in the demo.
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Global Showbiz Briefs: Plenty Of Glory For E!’s ‘Gutz’; ‘Rising Star’ Heading To Italy; More

Global Showbiz Briefs: Plenty Of Glory For E!’s ‘Gutz’; ‘Rising Star’ Heading To Italy; MorePlenty Of Glory For ‘Gutz’ In The Philippines
E!‘s first international reality series, It Takes Gutz To Be A Gutierrez, has been given an early renewal for Season 2. The trials and tribulations of the Filipino showbiz clan broke ratings records throughout the S1 run, becoming the channel’s most watched program in the Philippines since January 2013. At its peak, it made E! the No. 1 channel in its primetime slot among key demographics. The series also performed well in Malaysia. As in cinema, producing for local audiences can be a lucrative business. NBC Universal’s E! is aiming to build a superstar family reality franchise in Asia with the Gutz. The six-episode series gives viewers unfiltered access to the Gutierrez family, which includes former beauty queen Ruffa; her twin brothers, actor Richard and fashionista Raymond; and their parents, veteran screen star Eddie and political aspirant/talent manager Annabelle. The season finale of It Takes Gutz To Be A Gutierrez airs July 6. Here’s a trailer:

‘Rising Star’ Heading To Italy On Mediaset Canale 5
rising starRising Star has found a broadcast home in Italy. The Keshet International format will be produced for Mediaset Canale 5 by Sony Pictures Television’s local shingle, Toro Produzioni. Eight episodes have been commissioned to air during the 2015 season. Rising Star has sold to over 25 international markets. Brazil, Portugal and the U.S. are currently on air. A second season is planned at … Read More »

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Keshet, Universal Music Group Partner To Rep Emerging ‘Rising Star’ Artists

Keshet, Universal Music Group Partner To Rep Emerging ‘Rising Star’ ArtistsCurrently airing in Brazil, Portugal and the U.S. — where reviews have been lackluster and ratings slipped 20% in the demo on Sunday night from last week’s ABC series debut — Rising Star is taking the next evolutionary step in the singing competition arena. Keshet International and Universal Music Group have entered a multi-territory deal, excluding the U.S. and Israel, which will see UMG acquire exclusive options to sign artist agreements with any or all show contestants. Separately, Keshet DCP has signed a deal with UMG which will see artists on ABC’s U.S. version win a record deal with the Capitol Records label. Capitol is also making full studio recordings of the performances available for download. (UMG’s Interscope Records already releases American Idol winner and contestant music.) Overseas, KI and UMG say they will work together to maximize finalists’ potential locally and internationally on all platforms. In terms of breakouts so far, the waters are relatively untested. The only Rising Star series to complete its run is the original Israeli version whose finale scored big ratings on Keshet Channel 2 in December 2013. The winner was 20-year-old Evyatar Korkus, who received his first record deal, and beat out The Gat Brothers (aka The Singing Rabbis). Brazil and Portugal, the 2nd and 3rd markets to launch, are drawing average audience shares of about 30%. In September, France’s M6 debuts its take, and the UK’s ITV will raise … Read More »

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Ratings Rat Race: ‘Big Brother’ Tops Sunday Ratings In Key Demos

By | Monday June 30, 2014 @ 9:24am PDT

Ratings Rat Race: ‘Big Brother’ Tops Sunday Ratings In Key DemosCBS’ 8 PM return of Big Brother to Sunday night (1.8/6, 5.76 million viewers) came in 22% short of last Thursday’s time period premiere to tie its lowest-rated Sunday launch to date. It was, nonetheless, the night’s top rated broadcast in the demo, as well as 18-34 and 25-54.

After BB, CBS’ Reckless unveiling (0.7/2) tumbled 79% from last summer’s highly hyped premiere of Under The Dome (3.3/9). Following Reckless, Unforgettable (0.9/3) bounced 13% from its most recent telecast (0.8/3), and on par with its in-season debut on April 4. CBS finished first among viewers (6.1 million) for the night, but tied ABC in the demo (1.1/4).
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Ratings Rat Race Update: ABC’s ‘Rising Star’ Launch Beat By NBC’s ‘America’s Got Talent’ When Adjusted Ratings Arrive

By | Monday June 23, 2014 @ 11:16am PDT

Ratings Rat Race Update: ABC’s ‘Rising Star’ Launch Beat By NBC’s ‘America’s Got Talent’ When Adjusted Ratings ArriveUPDATE: 11:13 AM: ABC’s Adjusted Fast National Ratings are in. Rather than the 1.5/5 demo rating original reported this morning with those unadjusted stats, the unveiling of its ambitious singing competition Rising Star last night scored a demo rating of — 1.5/5.

Instead of the 5 million total viewers original reported, the opening episode logged — 5.1 million viewers. In both, it finished a “strong second” in its time period, to NBC’s America’s Got Talent. ABC noted Rising Star delivered ABC’s biggest summertime numbers to the time period with regular programming since August of ’11.

PREVIOUS: Before the premiere, ABC alerted the media it had special-ordered “true Fast National Ratings” from Nielsen, with time-zone adjusted calculations,  for its new insta-voting singing competition Rising Star and has asked reporters to hold off on using the preliminary Fast Affiliate numbers (“which will be inaccurate”) to make any definitive statements about the ratings. “Hold off” is not an officially recognized practice of The Reporters Who Cover Television. Therefore:

Rising Star clocked a 1.5/5 from 9-11 PM ET (the premiere aired live in East, Central and Mountain time zones),  according to those preliminary Fast Affiliate stats. That would put it down 12% from ABC’s most recent summer talent show debut, Duets (1.7/6 back on May 24, ’12), which did not air live across three time zones.  Rising Star logged 5 million viewers in these early stats.

NBC’s America’s Got Talent, which aired in head-to-head combat with Rising Star, (2.1/6),  while dropping 19% from its most recent original telecast (2.6/9), ranked as the No. 1 show of the night among broadcasters in the demo and in overall audience (8.0 million) — topping Rising Star by 40% in the demo and 59% in total viewers. Talent scored NBC’s highest 18-49 rating in the time period (excluding sports and the Golden Globe Awards ceremony) since January 6, 2013. In overall audience, AGT bagged NBC’s top slot  — same exclusions — since May 22, 2011

Leading in to Rising Star at 8 PM ET, ABC’s Wipeout (1.0/3) fell 23% from last season’s opener (1.3/4) to hit its lowest premiere rating yet. ABC’s adjusted, more reliable Rising Star stats will be available shortly, and we’ll get them to you.  That said, the Eastern and Central time zones  account for more than 75% of the country’s TV homes and should not be affected by this unveiling being live. The Mountain time zone accounts for about 6% of the country’s TV homes, so whatever under-reporting has occurred would likely be limited to about 6% of the country.

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Reality Check: Israel’s Star Continues To Rise As Source Of Innovative Formats

Reality Check: Israel’s Star Continues To Rise As Source Of Innovative FormatsReality Check is a Deadline feature series covering the players, programs and trends in reality television.

Israel has grown to become one of the world’s go-to spots for formats, and the trend is likely here to stay with execs believing it  soon will resemble the UK and Scandinavia. Arguably jump-starting the trend was scripted drama Be Tipul, which HBO adapted as In Treatment in 2008. But the one that opened the floodgates was Hatufim, the original version of what Showtime fashioned into the Emmy-winning drama series Homeland. And in the past year, a nonscripted show has brought the territory to a whole new level. Rising Star, the interactive singing competition created by Tedy Productions and Hatufim‘s Keshet International, turned attention full-bore to the Middle Eastern nation and has helped give rise to a slew of new programming that is wending its way around the globe. Pretty impressive for a Israel flagcountry that has only two commercial broadcasters — a situation that is leading some locals to produce for international first. But there’s also a universality to the stories and concepts that Israel is bringing to market. Producer Tal Shaked of A Cappella echoes a sentiment you hear a lot when talking with local execs. “We’re a small country in the Middle East with a lot going on around us,” she says. “We have Jews and Russians and Arabs and Ethiopians. … We have religious and nonreligious people. There’s never a dull moment. The country lives under threat – we are surrounded by enemies. And that makes people be very creative.” Here is a look at some of the key reality producer/creatives in the market today. Read More »

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Game On: NBC Throws ‘America’s Got Talent’, Daredevils Against ABC’s ‘Rising Star’ Premiere

By | Tuesday June 17, 2014 @ 6:13pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Game On: NBC Throws ‘America’s Got Talent’, Daredevils Against ABC’s ‘Rising Star’ PremiereNBC is taking new ABC singing competition Rising Star very seriously, using heavy artillery against the debut of the new reality series this weekend. NBC has slotted an original of its strongest summer series, veteran America’s Got Talent, which airs Tuesdays, directly opposite the two-hour premiere of Rising Star from 9-11 PM on Sunday. But the Peacock didn’t stop here: NBC just announced a special daredevil stunt throughout Sunday night, which is being billed as “Show-Stopping Sunday.”

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agtmanelBoth stunts, hosted by AGT judge Howie Mandel, will aim at breaking Guinness world records — for fastest jump over three moving cars and the highest shallow dive into fire. They will be chronicled in the form of interstitials that will air during American Ninja Warrior, which airs from 7-9 PM and AGT from 9-11 PM. Such stunting is vintage Jeff Bader. One of his first moves after jumping from ABC to NBC to head scheduling in 2012 was to add a third, Wednesday installment of The Voice‘s premiere week to go head-to-head against the hyped Season 2 premiere of Fox’s The X Factor that introduced new judge Britney Spears. The stunt didn’t go very well with X Factor boss Simon Cowell, who called it “a cynical, cold-hearted, unprofessional way of doing business.” But it worked in taking sizzle away from the X Factor debut. Read More »

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Channel 4 Orders Endemol UK’s Interactive Competition ‘The Singer Takes It All’

alan carrIn what sounds like a challenge to ITV’s upcoming Rising Star adaptation, the UK’s Channel 4 is launching a live multi-platform, interactive singing competition, The Singer Takes It All. Endemol UK created the format, which will air in four hourlong parts. Well-known UK TV presenter Alan Carr will host. The weekly primetime game show will see budding singers perform live on a 60-foot-long moving stage while, via a new app, judges at home will rate their performances a ‘hit’ or a ‘miss.’ The results will play out on screen seconds later. If a singer gets a hit rating, they move forward towards the Gold Zone at the front stage to continue their song. But if the majority of viewers judge them a miss, they’re booted backwards off the track — and potentially out of the show. Channel 4 logoViewers get up to four votes for each performance with constant voting throughout. The best singer on each show will perform a second time for a shot at an unspecified cash prize. The free app is built by Chunk, incorporating new live-voting technology developed by Tectonic Interactive. No air date has been set. Read More »

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‘Rising Star’ Producers On How Interactive Talent Show Will Tackle U.S.’ 4 Time Zones

By | Thursday May 29, 2014 @ 10:16am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Rising-Star-Key-Imagelogo-1Ever since ABC snapped up hot Israeli format Rising Star in November, the network has faced the challenge of adjusting the interactive talent competition — which incorporates live voting by viewers via an app — to the U.S.’ multiple time zones. With three weeks to go before Rising Star‘s June 22 premiere with Brad Paisley, Kesha and Ludacris as experts, Josh Groban as host and a surprise performance, ABC, production company Keshet DCP and executive producers Ken Warwick and Nicolle Yaron have settled on changes to the format that allow viewers in across the U.S. to vote in real time. In an interview this morning, former American Idol exec producer Warwick and Yaron (The Voice) explained how it will work.

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Kesha & Ludacris Join Brad Paisley As Judges On ABC’s ‘Rising Star’, Josh Groban To Host

By | Friday May 16, 2014 @ 7:00am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

ludacriskeshaABC has assembled the talent for its singing competition Rising Star. Joining country singer Brad Paisley on the judging panel — called panel of experts — are pop star Kesha and hip hop artist/actor Ludacris. Singer Josh Groban, who has done guest appearances on several scripted series, will serve as host. The four will appear together Sunday at the 2014 grobanBillboard Music Awards on ABC, which Ludacris is hosting. Based on the Israeli format, Rising Star comes from Keshet DCP — a joint venture between DC Media, parent of dick clark prods., which produces the Billboard Music Awards — and Keshet International.

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Premiering on June 22, Rising Star is a live talent show that incorporates real-time voting by viewers via an app. Contestants are separated from the studio audience and the judges by a translucent floor-to-ceiling LED Rising-Star-Key-Imagelogo-1screen where images of voters at home appear live, and the singer can see how the vote tally is growing during the performance. The screen goes up and the performer sees the experts (and the audience) only if they reach a voting threshold. Former American Idol executive producer … Read More »

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Brad Paisley To Be Judge On ABC Reality Series ‘Rising Star’

By | Tuesday May 6, 2014 @ 8:00am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Brad PaisleyI’ve learned that country star Brad Paisley has become the first musician tapped for a judge seat on ABC‘s summer singing competition reality series Rising Star. Paisley has a long association with ABC and the gig stems from his successful stint on the network’s CMA Awards, which Paisley has been co-hosting with Carrie Underwood Rising Starfor the past six years. The other two judges are expected to be locked in soon. ABC had no comment. Based on the Israeli format, Rising Star, from Keshet DCP, a joint venture between Keshet International and dick clark prods. parent DC Media, is a live talent show that incorporates real-time voting by viewers via an App. Contestants are separated from the studio audience and the judges by a brad paisley carrie underwood cma awardstranslucent floor-to-ceiling LED screen where images of voters at home appear live, and the singer can see how the vote tally is growing during the performance. The screen goes up and the performer sees the judges (and the audience) only if they reach a voting threshold. Former American Idol executive producer Ken Warwick and Nicolle Yaron (The Voice) serve as executive producers of Rising Star, which is still modifying the format to accommodate the U.S.’ three time zones. Rising Star did very well in Israel and just … Read More »

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Global Showbiz Briefs: Portugal’s ‘Rising Star’ Bows To 3.7M; CTV Picks Up U.S. Version Of The Singing Competition; More

By | Monday May 5, 2014 @ 10:00pm PDT

3.7 Million Portuguese Welcome Their Version Of ‘Rising Star’
With about a month and a half to go before ABC debuts its version of interactive singing competition format Rising Star, the international rollout continues. The Israeli show proxima estrelawas a massive hit for Keshet last year, and its Brazilian iteration (Superstar) bowed last month to strong ratings despite a technical glitch in the debut episode. It’s Portugal’s turn now, with A Proxima Estrella bowing last night on local broadcaster TVI. The launch won primetime with a 32.7% average share, a 14.1 rating and 3.7M total viewers. More than 1.2M votes were tallied via the Rising Star app that puts the fate of the competing acts in the hands of the audience. The app has now been downloaded in Portugal more than 170,000 times, says Keshet. Performers must reach a threshold of 70% positive votes before a giant screen lifts and they are faced with the judges and studio audience, advancing to the next round. Nine performers went ahead last night (here‘s one covering Adele’s “Rolling In The Deep”). Prior to the official airing, TVI drew an audience of more than 1.5M for its test screening with an average audience share of 31% and a 16 rating. Read More »

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Global Showbiz Briefs: ‘Downton Abbey’ & ‘Doctor Who’ Among BAFTA Craft Award Winners; ‘Rising Star’ Hot In Portugal; More

By | Monday April 28, 2014 @ 10:00pm PDT

‘Strictly Come Dancing’ Takes Top Prize At BAFTA Craft Awards
natalie-artemStrictly Come Dancing took the Special Award at the BAFTA Craft Awards on Sunday night in London. The trophy show that honors behind-the-scenes talent in UK TV also gave a pair of awards to gangster drama Peaky Blinders and nods to such popular shows as Downton Abbey (costume design), Doctor Who: The Day Of The Doctor (special, visual and graphic effects) and Broadchurch (original music). The full list of winners is here.

‘Rising Star’ Test Show Is Big In Portugal
Rising-Star-Key-Imagelogo-1Portuguese broadcaster TVI drew an audience of more than 1.5 million for its live audience test of the local version of Rising Star (A Proxima Estrella) ahead of its May 4 premiere. Sunday’s test pulled an average audience share of 31% and a 16 rating. The show, hosted by popular Portuguese reality presenter Leonor Poeiras, is based on Keshet’s interactive format that has been sold around the world. Its U.S. version bows June 22 on ABC.

Related: Will ‘Rising Star’ Rollout Cement Position As The Next Big Thing?

Scott Gregg Upped to EVP At Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution
Scott Gregg has been promoted to EVP Sales Operations at Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution. In his expanded position, the 18-year company veteran will continue to manage all … Read More »

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MIPTV: ‘Rising Star’ Rollout Begins; Will It Cement Position As The Next Big Thing?

mip tv logo 2Much as it did with October’s Mipcom, Israel’s Keshet International dominated the just-wrapped Mip-TV market. The savvy folks behind Rising Star energized the Croisette this week with ticking time bomb format Boom!, which closed at least a deal a day including in the U.S., France, Spain, Belgium and Hungary. And, interactive singing competition Rising Star, which had already locked down more than 25 territories since last October, is still selling. But save for Brazil, which on Sunday became the first territory outside Israel to debut a local version of Rising Star, the shows have yet to be tested abroad and Mip was abuzz with anticipation, mixed with some skepticism, about the ultimate results. Underscoring that, Brazil, which scored strong numbers, had a technical glitch that meant some home keshetviewers had trouble entering their votes. I understand this was not the same sort of situation suffered by NBC’s Million Second Quiz last year when its app crashed during the premiere. In the case of Rising Star, I’m told there was no loss of connectivity and the live show was not affected. But, it’s a fair bet that other networks who have acquired the format are keeping a keen eye on the international rollout. Portugal is next to bow in May, and ABC debuts the format in June; it’s playing close to the vest with details.

boom!In Cannes this week, execs up and down the Croisette praised the folks at Keshet International for their marketing acumen, enthusiasm and ability to generate creative formats. The company is often credited with putting Israel on the TV map thanks, most notably, to scripted drama Prisoners Of War, aka Homeland. The deal success of Rising Star, and now Boom!, had more than one observer marveling this week that Keshet has taught “a masterclass in marketing.” A key element of that masterclass includes bringing both formats to the Riviera sales shows hot on the heels of their respectively record-breaking debuts in Israel on Keshet Channel 2. Each format’s gimmick has also been highly touted. Rising Star‘s interactive app, incubated in Tel Aviv’s cutting-edge start-up community, lets viewers control the show’s outcome. Boom! is more of a straightforward quiz show. But the concept of contestants defusing (fake) bombs onstage, while shocking some, has made buyers sit up and take notice. Read More »

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Global Showbiz Briefs: Participant Media Boards Malala Yousafzai Docu; ‘Rising Star’, ‘Master Class’ Headed To Asia; More

Participant Media Boards Docu About Pakistani Girl Wounded By Taliban
Malala YousafzaiParticipant Media has come aboard as a co-financing partner on the Parkes + MacDonald Productions documentary about Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai. An Inconvenient Truth’s Davis Guggenheim is directing. In 2012, student activist Yousafzai gained international recognition when she survived a brutal assassination attempt by the Taliban at age 14. Shot in the head and neck when gunmen opened fire on her school bus in Pakistan’s Swat Valley, she was targeted for speaking out on behalf of girls’ education in her community. Production starts in early July 2014, in association with Image Nation Abu Dhabi. Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald are producing, with a release eyed for early next year. In addition to its financial commitment, Participant will collaborate with Image Nation to launch a social action and advocacy campaign to expand the reach and impact of the film. Read More »

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ABC Unveils Summer Premiere Dates

By | Monday March 24, 2014 @ 12:00pm PDT

ABC_logo_2007ABC‘s summer schedule includes the series premiere of its just-announced spinoff Bachelor In Paradise, which will debut with a two-hour episode Monday, August 4 at 8 PM. It will follow the newest cycle of another Bachelor spinoff, The Bachelorette, which bows Monday, May 19 at 9:30 PM before it moves to its regular time period Monday from 8-10 PM. They join new series The Quest, to bow Thursday, June 19 at 8 PM; Rising Star, the interactive competition show set for Sunday, June 22 at 9 PM; and new drama The Astronaut Wives Club on Thursday, July 24 at PM. ABC will air five original scripted series this summer, the most in a long time if not ever. That includes The Astronaut Wives Club, fellow freshman Black Box, which debuts in late April, as well as returning summer series Mistresses and Canadian imports Motive and Rookie Blue. Among the notable dates: Jimmy Kimmel Live: Game Night will air each night after the NBA Finals beginning with Game 1 on June 5. Here’s the network’s full schedule:

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