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  • ProSieben plays All Against 1 again
    German network ProSieben has commissioned a second season of gameshow format All Against 1 from Banijay Group-owned prodco Brainpool.
  • MipTV in bunker as Mipcom unbundled
    Reed Midem has confirmed radical structural changes to its annual MipTV event, including ending the controversial policy of forcing distributors to attend the market in order to maintain their spot for fellow Cannes conference Mipcom.
  • Television on standby
    The place of UK pubcasters is being challenged by US streamers, while producers continue to benefit from a production boom. But Brexit looms on the horizon.
  • BBC Studios appoints comedy head
    The production arm of BBC Studios has appointed a former Sky commissioning editor as its new head of comedy.
  • Cuatro preps Guess My Age celeb specials
    Spanish TV channel Cuatro has extended its version of gameshow Guess My Age into primetime with the addition of four celebrity episodes.
  • Endemol Shine's Stripped off to Spain
    Spain has become the eighth territory to buy reality TV show Stripped from Endemol Shine Group.
  • South African Bridge in the works
    The deal will see Cape Town-based Both Worlds seek a broadcast partner to create a South African/Zimbabwean version of the international series.
  • TV's human cost
    The suicides of reality TV participants suggest the way we make TV can make people ill, in front of and behind the camera.
  • Neumeyer handed MTV unscripted role
    US music and entertainment network MTV, owned by Viacom, has promoted Lily Neumeyer to executive VP of development.
  • Ford stands down at NPACT
    John Ford, the general manager of US non-fiction producers' organisation NPACT, is stepping down from his role.
  • Talpa to serve Restaurant That Makes Mistakes
    Dutch broadcaster Talpa TV has picked up the rights to UK social experiment reality format The Restaurant That Makes Mistakes from Red Arrow Studios International.
  • Netflix shares slide as US subs falter
    Netflix has seen its first drop in US subscribers and added fewer international customers than expected, causing its stock price to fall.
  • Armoza teaches Rai Due How To Be
    Italian pubcaster Rai Due has commissioned a local adaptation of celebrity interview show How to Be from Israel's Armoza Formats.
  • USA Network loads Talpa's Cannonball
    NBCUniversal-owned US cablenet USA Network has announced that it will produce a local version of Talpa Media format Cannonball.
  • RTL sets up exclusive formats unit
    European media giant RTL Group is launching a creative unit that will develop non-scripted formats exclusively for its broadcasters and streamers across Europe.
  • C4 names BBC's Street as daytime boss
    UK broadcaster Channel 4 has appointed BBC executive Jo Street as its new head of daytime, replacing David Sayer, who announced last month he would be stepping down.
  • NBCU's Diva in Me goes Dutch
    Dutch network NPO 3 has ordered the first local version of NBCUniversal International Formats' drag queen-themed reality series The Diva in Me.
  • Richards confirmed atop Talkback
    Fremantle-owned UK producer Talkback has confirmed Jonno Richards as its MD and hired an experienced executive producer for a newly created factual entertainment role.
  • TVN renews Big Brother after comeback
    Polish commercial channel TVN has ordered another run of Big Brother from Endemol Shine Group after the success of its recent comeback series.
  • Whizz Kid adapts 'woke' satire
    UK-based Whizz Kid Entertainment has taken TV rights to a satirical comedy character created by comedian and writer Andrew Doyle.
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