U.S Networks & Streaming Services Compete For Donald Trump ‘Spitting Image’ Remake
EXCLUSIVE: A number of U.S. networks and streaming services are battling it out for the rights to a rubber puppet parody of Donald Trump. I hear that a slew of broadcasters are interested in bringing UK satirical show Spitting Image to the U.S.
NBC, Hulu, Netflix and Amazon are all thought to be interested in the show, which is being rebooted by Roger Law, co-creator of the original series, which ran for 18 series on ITV.
Deadline understands that the American remake will… Read
Viacom-Owned UK Net Channel 5 Preps Rape Doc To Help Victims Speak Out
Viacom-owned UK broadcaster Channel 5 is set to launch a documentary about rape that it hopes will encourage victims to "find the courage to break their silence."
The timely documentary, Raped: My Story, comes as stories of rape and sexual harassment are in the headlines following allegations against a slew of U.S and international entertainment figures including Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey and Ed Westwick.
The feature-length doc, which is produced by Brighton-based… Read
UK Broadcaster C4 Kicks Off Content Slate With ‘The Real Narcos’ & ‘Back’ Season 2
UK broadcaster Channel 4 has unveiled its latest programming slate including a documentary series on the post-Pablo Escobar drug trade in South America and the return of critically acclaimed comedy Back, starring Peep Show‘s David Mitchell and Robert Webb.
Unveiled at a glitzy event at Shoreditch Town Hall in London, the broadcaster revealed it has commissioned The Real Narcos (working title), a three-part series that will see ex-SAS member Jason Fox explore the cocaine… Read
‘Blue Planet II’ Sees 100M+ Views In China; EFAs Unveil First Prizes – Global Briefs
The BBC’s Blue Planet II is a massive hit in China. All BPII content — including short form, trailers and the first two episodes — has now been watched over 100M times in the first 13 days, BBC Worldwide tells Deadline. The first episode of the docuseries received over 24M views in a little over a week on co-producer Tencent's platform. The numbers are expected to jump significantly as Sir David Attenborough’ deep-dive into the world’s oceans moves from SVOD to AVOD. The… Read
Peter Berg’s Film 45 Teams Up With Mediapro & IMG for Amazon Soccer Doc
It's emerged that Film 45, the production company run by Friday Night Lights' Peter Berg, has teamed up with Spanish producer Mediapro and IMG to produce Amazon's forthcoming documentary series about English Premier League leaders Manchester City FC.
The project, which is reported to have a budget of around £10M ($13M), was unveiled by the streaming service las week. However, the company did not reveal the production team behind the fly-on-the-wall series. Deadline has… Read
Fox Developing Remake of Asian Talent Competition ‘The Masked Singer’
Fox is developing a remake of Asian singing competition The Masked Singer – its latest shiny-floor entertainment format. I have learned that the network is developing and casting a U.S version of the format with Smart Dog Media, the production company run by former NBC reality chief Craig Plestis, who has produced long-running game show Minute to Win It with Guy Fieri and Syfy's Robot Combat League.
The Masked Singer is a celebrity singing gameshow with a twist… Read
Susanna Dinnage Takes Global Control Of Discovery’s Animal Planet
Animal Planet has become the first Discovery-owned channel to be managed globally with Discovery UK boss Susanna Dinnage handed control of the network.
Dinnage, who is currently President of Discovery UK and Ireland as well as Chief Content Officer for Discovery Networks International, has been appointed Global President, Animal Planet.
Based in London, she will manage a global team based in the UK and the U.S as well as working with contributors from around the… Read
Netflix Orders ‘Jackass’-Meets-‘Wipeout’ Format ‘Flinch’ From Sony’s Stellify
EXCLUSIVE: Netflix has ordered a Jackass-meets-Wipeout-style game show from Sony Pictures Television-backed British producer Stellify Media.
The SVOD service has commissioned a multi-part run of entertainment format Flinch (w/t) from the non-scripted firm.
The show, which was known as Chicken during development, sees a number of brave and crazy contestants attempt to withstand pain and discomfort in a series of hilarious games designed to make them scared. Three celebrity… Read
‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Creators Launch SVOD Service Focused On LGBT Content
Randy Barbato and Fenton Bailey’s World of Wonder, the veteran production company behind the Emmy-nominated RuPaul’s Drag Race and the Million Dollar Listing franchise, today launched WOW Presents Plus, an ad-free subscription streaming service. Titled WOW Presents Plus, it will curate from the company’s library of films, TV shows and live events, as well as new original series, with a focus on LGBT content.
The service is available on iOS, Apple TV, Roku, and… Read
BBC Worldwide Overhauls Channel Strategy, Lays Off Pair Of London Editors
EXCLUSIVE: BBC Worldwide is to move out of commissioning original content for its slew of international channels and has eliminated positions across its programming team.
The commercial arm of the BBC has shifted its strategy from ordering factual entertainment series such as Fishing Impossible and Stupid Man Smart Phone for its BBC Earth and BBC Brit channels. Last year, the two channels aired over 50 hours of originally commissioned content.
These channels will now… Read
Fox Nixes Output Deal With Oz’s Ten; Expectation Sells Ed Balls & Trump Voters To BBC Two – Global Briefs
The Simpsons and Modern Family will be pulled off Network Ten in Australia after 20th Century Fox canceled its output deal with the broadcaster. The move also means that Fox's latest tranche of shows including Seth MacFarlane's The Orville, X-Men series The Gifted and sci-fi alien comedy Ghosted will not air on Ten or its digital spin-off channels. The studio issued a letter of termination of the deal, published via the Australian Securities Exchange, after the country's… Read
A+E Sets Unscripted ‘Save It Or Sell It’ Premiere Across Channels And Digital
A+E Networks will debut Save It or Sell It, a new unscripted one-hour special about struggling small businesses, on November 5, the network said today.
The special follows hosts Robert Hirsch and Eric Casaburi as they assist various small businesses, diagnosing problems, planning renovations and soliciting potential buyers through a blind bidding process.
Save It Or Sell It airs Sunday, November 5 at 11 pm on A&E, followed by premieres across A+E Networks' “enthusiast”… Read