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Magnolia MD to succeed Paolo Bassetti at Endemol Shine Italy

Magnolia managing director Leonardo Pasquinelli is returning to Endemol Shine Italy to succeed the exiting Paolo Bassetti. Pasquinelli has been named CEO of Endemol Shine Group’s Italian arm, which had more than 40 unscripted productions on local TV in 2016 and 2017. Bassetti has been with Endemol Shine and predecessor Endemol for nearly 20 years, […]

Italian channels veteran joins formats prodco Stand By Me

Ex-La7 and Fox Networks Group (FNG) Italy chief Fabrizio Salini has joined the expanding Italian production group Stand By Me. He will become COO at the Rome-based company, which has produced more than 30 original formats to establish itself as a top Italian indie since launching in 2010. Salini was head of Italian free-to-air net […]

Sat.1 breeds another Super Dog

Rescue Dog to Super Dog, the Channel 4 format from Plimsoll Productions, is headed for Sat.1 in Germany. The ProSiebenSat.1 Media-owned network has commissioned Docma TV to create a version titled Project Super Dog – Helper on Four Paws. The four-episode series, based on the Magnify Media-sold format, will see rescue dogs intensively trained to […]

ZDFE merges factual and entertainment under Rückauer

ZDF Enterprises (ZDFE) has consolidated its factual and entertainment wings under doc chief Ralf Rückauer. ZDFE.entertainment and ZDFE.factual have now merged to become ZDFE.unscripted. Rückauer, who previously led factual, is in charge of the merged division, with entertainment boss Sylvia Brucker remaining focused on that genre within the bigger group. This comes after ZDFE’s long-serving […]

Fremantle taps ex-CMT exec for unscripted post

FremantleMedia North America (FMNA) has hired former CMT development head Jayson Dinsmore as president of alternative programming and development. Dinsmore replaces former executive vice president Toby Gorman, who exited last year to join a new A. Smith unit created in November. In his new role, Dinsmore will lead the company’s domestic and global unscripted development […]

Fox Asia & Tencent team for celebrity foodie original

Fox Networks Group Asia (FNGA) is set to launch its first season of original production Celebrity Chef: East vs West, which will be shown on Fox brands such as Nat Geo People, as well as Chinese VOD service Tencent. In the first half of 2018, the five-part series will see renowned celebrity chefs Nicholas Tse (pictured) […]

Potato gains Powers through Love hire

ITV Studios (ITVS)-owned prodco Potato has hired Love Productions executive producer Sharon Powers. She joins the Ninja Warrior UK producer this week as a creative director, having previously been executive producer at The Great British Bake Off prodco Love. Potato managing director Martin Kelpie said the hire was strategic. “I’ve made no secret of the […]

De Moraes exits as Twofour restructures development team

Formats veteran Ana De Moraes is leaving UK-based Twofour Group, which is restructuring its development team under Jonny Coller. Former BBC creative director De Moraes has been with Twofour since February last year, butis now  exiting. Her role as head of new formats is not being directly replaced. Coller is stepping up from head of […]

Show of the week: Cram

Cram tasks contestants with watching  45-second videos and then recalling details on subjects from dogs to Leonardo da Vinci. The team that ‘crams’ in the most facts about each video wins. The 10x60mins show is adaptable and is “flexible” in terms of schedule, according to Pascal Dalton, VP of global format sales at distributor ITV […]

Analysis – The Mouse catches the Fox: how Disney-Fox might look

While AT&T’s US$85 billion acquisition of Time Warner is the biggest media deal in purely numerical terms (if it gets done), The Walt Disney Company picking off rival 21st Century Fox marks a seminal moment in TV and film history. The deal, which the companies believe will close in 12 to 18 months, knocks off […]

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