Warner Bros International Television Production has acquired format rights to distribute BBC One’s new quiz show, The Link. BBC One has commissioned 25 episodes for a daytime slot. The show is produced by STV Productions in association with LTV. Not to be confused with the BBC’s The Weakest Link, the game show pits teams against each other as they race to find the link between questions. Guess the connections, break the links, win money. “We know that great game shows are back at the top of broadcasters’ wish lists. The Link is that rare thing — an original new quiz show with a strong identity in terms of both its game play and visual elements, commissioned in a key market. Our excitement is shared by Mike Darnell and his team at the Warner Bros Television Group, who will be bringing it to market in the U.S.,” says WBITP’s Andrew Zein. The UK version of the show will be hosted by actor Mark Williams, best known as Arthur Weasley in the Harry Potter movies. Gary Chippington is executive producer for STV Productions, Jo Street is executive producer for the BBC and Paul Johnson is executive producer for LTV and Tuvalu Entertainment Ltd.
FremantleMedia International has inked a deal with OWN to handle worldwide distribution rights (excluding North America) to Lindsay. The eight-part documentary series follows Lindsay Lohan on her journey through recovery following a very public period of crisis. Directed by Amy Rice, the series will be launched by FMI at next month’s Mip-TV. It premieres on Sunday on OWN in the U.S.
Avi Nir, CEO of Keshet Media Group, is the latest exec to join Mip’s lineup of keynote speakers. Nir will address how to drive innovation in television in today’s digital age. Keshet Broadcasting dominates TV viewing in Israel with shares in excess of 40%. Nir is actively engaged in many international adaptations including the U.S. productions of Keshet’s scripted properties Dig and False Flag. He is also an executive producer on Showtime’s Homeland which is based on Keshet’s original drama Prisoners of War.
Charlie Ebersol and Mike Lanigan’s The Company has teamed up with Dori Media to form a new joint production and financing venture to develop, produce and distribute unscripted and scripted programming in the international market. The partnership plans to develop and produce four new pilots per year for distribution both overseas and in the U.S. The pilots will be sourced from a combination of internally developed projects and third-party concepts from both Israel and the U.S. Dori Media will produce in Israel, Argentina, and Asia, while The Company will produce in the U.S. with Dori distributing formats worldwide. The deal will see The Company grow its production slate globally, with the goal of creating an international production pipeline that will enable coveted rights retention for creative producers. The Company’s current programming includes CNBC’s The Profit, and USA’s NFL Characters Unite.