‘Deadliest Warrior’ From TV To Big Screen

By | Wednesday September 15, 2010 @ 3:40pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Paramount Pictures and sister company Spike TV are joining forces to turn the cable channel’s series Deadliest Warrior into a feature film. Shawn Levy and Dan Levine will produce through his 21 Laps banner. Levy might direct. The show … Read More »

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Sundance Hit ‘Catfish’ To Become Reality Series Via Tom Forman’s RelativityReal

By | Monday July 19, 2010 @ 2:12pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

I hear top unscripted producer Tom Forman, CEO of RelativityReal, is taking out a reality series project based on this year’s hit Sundance documentary Catfish, which is being distributed by Relativity Media’s Rogue Pictures. There is significant interest in the unscripted format, a segmented doc series revolving around Read More »

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Funny Or Die Viral Video Becomes Hot Reality Series Concept

Nellie Andreeva

Everyone has been wondering where the next big reality format idea would come from. Funny or Die video is throwing its hat into the ring, generating a lot of buzz in the unscripted marketplace with a viral video starring singer Jewel.

Titled Undercover Karaoke with Jewel, it was posted on the … Read More »

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Phil Keoghan Goes Sailing With New Series

By | Monday June 21, 2010 @ 6:59am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

philkoeghanPhil Keoghan, host and producer of CBS’ realty series The Amazing Race is taking on hosting and producing duties for another unscripted series about a race. Keoghan has teamed with Exodus Film Group, which has secured North American rights to the … Read More »

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Shed Holds Out For $135M From Warner

By | Monday June 21, 2010 @ 5:05am PDT

Shed-Media-300x234Managers of the UK production company hope Time Warner will end up paying £90 million ($135 million) for Shed Media. They own 65% of the company between them. Analysts say that Shed may go for up to £85 million. Time Warner … Read More »

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Reality Producer RDF USA Signs With WME

By | Thursday June 17, 2010 @ 1:08pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

RDFUSA1EXCLUSIVE: Wife Swap producer RDF  USA has signed with WME after more than 4 years without agency representation. The American branch of U.K.’s RDF Media, which was recently acquired by Zodiak Entertainment, is prepping 8-10 new unscripted projects … Read More »

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Frot-Coutaz In Running For Talkback CEO

By | Thursday June 17, 2010 @ 9:39am PDT

Cecile+Frot-CoutezCecile Frot-Coutaz, FremantleMedia North America President, and ITV director of comedy and entertainment Elaine Bedell have emerged as candidates for the job of Talkback Thames CEO.

Talkback ThamesBedell enjoys the reputation of … Read More »

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Ratings Rat Race: ‘Talent’ & ‘Dance’ On Top

By | Thursday June 17, 2010 @ 9:24am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Fox won a slow Wednesday night that saw overall TV usage down 6% from the same night last week. Fox’s two-hour performance episode of So You Think You Can Dance averaged a 2.6 rating/share among adults 18-49. That was down 13% from last week’s Wednesday segment, which featured the Vegas callbacks…. Read More »

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NATPE’s LATV Fest July 12-15 Takes Shape

By | Wednesday June 16, 2010 @ 11:24am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

NATPE is firming up the lineup for its LATV Fest, which will be held July 12-15 at the Hyatt Regency Plaza in Century City. New America’s Got Talent judge NATPE_Logo1Howie Mandel is expected to be the keynote speaker, with the Innovator Award, which recognizes Read More »

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Bischoff Hervey In Distribution Deal With Shine International

By | Wednesday June 16, 2010 @ 1:45am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Jason Hervey and Eric Bischoff’s reality production company Bischoff Hervey Entertainment TV has signed an overall international distribution deal with Shine International, which will handle distribution for BHE TV’s formats. Shine International already distributes BHE TV’s CMT series Hulk Hogan’s Celebrity Championship Wrestling, which as been sold in more than 20 … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: Strong Debut For Bravo’s ‘Bethenny Getting Married?’

By | Friday June 11, 2010 @ 4:10pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Bravo’s new series “Bethenny Getting Married?” last night scored the highest-rated series premiere on the network ever, averaging 2.1 million total viewers, 1.35 million of them in the adults 18-49 demographic. Meanwhile, the Bravo series that spun off Bethenny, The Real Housewives of New York City, averaged 2.24 million viewers, … Read More »

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Louis Boyd Hired As VP Alternative At CBS

By | Wednesday June 9, 2010 @ 8:00pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

CBS EXECUTIVEReality producer Louis Boyd has joined CBS as VP alternative programming. He will be involved in developing new alternative programs, including reality and game shows, and in overseeing CBS’ current slate of reality series, reporting to EVP alternative programming … Read More »

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Got Talent Producer Exits Talkback Thames

By | Tuesday June 8, 2010 @ 10:42am PDT

Talkback ThamesLorraine Heggessey, CEO of the TV company which makes The X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent over here, is leaving after five years in the job. Heggessey, who was controller of BBC1 before becoming CEO of Talkback Thames in … Read More »

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Ross Weintraub & Adam Greener Upped At 3 Ball/Eyeworks USA

By | Monday June 7, 2010 @ 7:00pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

LOS ANGELES – June 8, 2010 – 3 Ball Prods./Eyeworks USA CEOs JD Roth and Todd Nelson today announced the promotions of two key executives: COO Ross Weintraub has been named Managing Director, Eyeworks Distribution, adding to his day-to-day finance and operations responsibilities the oversight of worldwide distribution for

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Cowell Plans To Take ‘Talent’ Global

By | Monday June 7, 2010 @ 1:15am PDT

Simon Cowell says he is “excited” about creating a worldwide talent show pitting winners of his Got Talent franchise against each other. Such a show would draw on the winners and runners-up from some of the 36 countries that televise the format. It would be broadcast to an international audience … Read More »

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SyFy In Reality Expansion With New Series

By | Thursday May 27, 2010 @ 3:30pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

syfylogoNew York, New York – May 27, 2010 – Marking a major expansion of its reality programming, Syfy today announced it is

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RATINGS RAT RACE: All-Time Low Mark For ‘American Idol’ Finale

By | Thursday May 27, 2010 @ 8:30am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

_VB11116American Idol’s ninth season bowed out last night with the franchise’s lowest-rated finale. 24.2 million viewers (8.2 rating in adults 18-49) tuned in to see a parade of (mostly former) music stars, including Alice Cooper, Janet Jackson, the Bee Gees, Michael … Read More »

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VH1 Renews 3 Freshman Reality Series

By | Wednesday May 26, 2010 @ 10:31am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

VH1 has renewed freshman reality series Brandy & Ray J: A Family Business, Basketball Wives and What Chilli Wants for a second season. All fall under VH1’s core celebreality genre. A Family Business stars singers and siblings Brandy and Ray J Norwood, What Chilli Wants stars former TLC member Rozonda … Read More »

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Paula Abdul To Headline & Produce CBS’ New Reality Series ‘Got To Dance’

By | Monday May 24, 2010 @ 9:49am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Paula Abdul is off the market, at least for now. The former American Idol judge has signed on as executive producer, lead judge and “creative partner” for CBS’ new dancing reality-competition Got To Dance. She had been courted for numerous gigs since quitting Idol last summer, including to topline a … Read More »

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