Married at First Sight

Red Arrow shuts Norway prodco to focus on Denmark

Red Arrow Entertainment Group is shutting down its Norwegian production arm as part of a Scandinavian centralisation that focuses on Snowman Productions Denmark. Followingh a strategic review, the ProSiebenSat.1 Media-owned production group has decided to shutter Snowman Productions Norway. This means Snowman Norway managing director Jørgen Steinheim and head of productions Dag Obert Eine will […]

Digging into CEE

The number of pay TV homes in Central and Eastern Europe are set to fall, but international distributors tell TBI business in the region is booming A Digital TV Research report earlier this year forecast the number of pay television homes in Central and Eastern Europe to fall in 18 territories across the region in […]

Trio keeps Snowman standing

The management team at Married at First Sight prodco Snowman Productions has extended their contracts. Michael von Würden, Rasmus Steentoft and Lars Fønss have each agreed “multi-year” contract renewals. Copenhagen-based Snowman has been part of Germany’s Red Arrow Entertainment Group since 2011, focusing on social experiment and entertainment formats. Married at First Sight, in which […]

New Zealand gets Married at First Sight

New Zealand network Three is getting its own version of Red Arrow International format Married at First Sight. The MediaWorks-owned channel will produce its version ahead of broadcast between October and December this year, and has licensed a new package of English-language versions of the format from the UK, US and Australia. MediaWorks already runs […]

Redseven boss to stay until 2020

Jobst Benthues has renewed his contract at Redseven and will stay at the German prodco until 2020. Redseven makes series including Germany’s next Topmodel – by Heidi Klum for ProSieben and Married at First Sight and the local version of The Biggest Loser for Sat.1. Benthues founded Redseven nine years ago having had various positions […]

TBI Formats: Year in Review

The best-sellers, the trend makers, the battles, the emerging territories, the industry favourites… here is the TBI Formats Year in Review. If This Time Next Year and Lip Sync Battle were among the best sellers, there were also new distributors on the ground this year. Twenty-sixteen was the first full year for Vivendi’s new formats […]

Married at First Sight heads to France

French free-to-air broadcaster M6 has ordered a local version of edgy marriage format Married at First Sight. The RTL-owned French channel will make the French version itself through its in-house Studio 89 division. The show has proved popular on FYI and its sister net A&E in the US and is also currently going out on […]

Digital delivers growth at ProSiebenSat.1

Digital revenues helped boost ProSiebenSat.1’s second-quarter performance, with the German broadcaster reporting overall revenues of €886 million (US$985.2 million), up 15%, and EBITDA of €254 million, up 7%. Digital and adjacent revenues grew by an impressive 43% year-on-year to reach €263 million, with EBITDA for this segment rising by 15% to €43 million. The company […]

TV3, NBCU plan wedding format

Latvian channel TV3 has partnered with NBCUniversal International Formats to create wedding format Wedlocked (WT). The format is based on an idea developed within the centralised development unit of NBCUI Formats parent NBCU International Studios, Tellycopter. MTG-owned TV3 is seeking three couples willing to get married in August, and have so far received applications from […]

FYI orders relationship series

FYI has ordered The Seven Year Switch, a reality series in which couples leave their spouses to enter a two-week experimental relationship with a new partner. The US cable net has enjoyed success with another edgy relationship format, Married at First Sight (pictured), which hails from the Red Arrow stable. Red Arrow US prodco Kinetic […]