News is coming in from Miami where the National Association of Television Program Executives’ annual confab kicked off today:
Debmar-Mercury is taking Raycom Media and ITV Studios America’s weekend lifestyle newsmagazine America Now and turning it in a daily syndicated strip for a fall 2011 launch. Debmar-Mercury will distribute the show hosted by former Apprentice winner Bill Rancic in association with Bill Marcus’ 30 Steps. America Now, which debuted as a weekly series in October, airs on 43 stations in all 36 Raycom Media markets representing 12.6% of the country, including WOIO in Cleveland, WBTV in Charlotte and WXIX in Cincinnati.
Shine International has inked a development and production pact with Japanese entertainment conglomerate Yoshimoto Kogyo to develop, produce and distribute content for the US, Japanese and international market. Under the deal, Shine Group’s US production company Reveille will partner with Yoshimoto to create original unscripted formats for the United States and Japan, which will be distributed internationally by Shine Int’l. The first project under the pact is Spice of Life. Created and executive produced by actor Masi Oka (Heroes, Hawaii 5-0), it is a variety/reality show featuring five hosts or commentators and a live studio audience, which has already been sold to Japanese broadcaster TBS. Shine Int’l’s Chris Grant, Reveille’s Howard T. Owens and Yoshimoto Entertainment’s Aki Yohiro executive produce.