‘The Extra Mile’ Headed To Spain For First Adaptation Outside Israel
Reality format The Extra Mile is getting its first international adaptation. Created by Ami Glam, CEO of Israel’s Studio Glam, the show challenges divorced couples to work together for prize money for their kid. It will be produced by Endemol Spain for Mediaset Telecinco Channel. The Spanish take will be made in the Canary Islands and is expected to be air in the summer. Spain was one of the 12 territories that bought the right to produce The Extra Mile as a part of a multi-territory deal with Endemol. When the show launched in Israel, it broke records for Channel 10. It is still airing and has an average 24.8% share. The Spanish adaptation will be called Ex, ¿Qué harías por tus hijos?
Layoffs Coming For BBC News Unit: Report
On Tuesday, Forbes reported that the BBC is gearing up for about 500 layoffs in its news division that could be announced next month. The cuts would be part of an ongoing austerity drive at the broadcaster and could also include BBC Radio. The news arm currently employs about 8,000 staffers. It’s likely that industrial unrest could follow with employees at the corporation heavily unionized. The program to reduce costs was initiated in 2011 by then-Director General Mark Thompson. At the time, there also was a freeze on the license fee Britons pay to keep the broadcaster running. The freeze goes through 2016. When I asked the BBC for comment, I was provided with this statement: “We’re working at present to deliver savings of £800M a year by 2016/17, and we have said that there are difficult decisions ahead of us. Whilst we need to make savings, it would be wrong to comment on speculation.”
Dubai Film Fest, AMPAS Partner On Arab Screening Series In LA
The Dubai International Film Festival and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences are partnering for a special Arab screening series in Los Angeles this month. AMPAS will present “Arab Cinema Classics,” two days of screenings of the best in Arab film on June 13 and June 21 at the Bing Theater. The project is part of AMPAS’ International Outreach initiative, which brings together Academy members representing a range of cinematic crafts with filmmakers and film lovers from around the world. The three films to be shown in the Arab Cinema Classics program are 1970’s The Night Of Counting The Years by director Chadi Abdel Salam, 1958’s Cairo Station from Youssef Chahine and 1998’s West Beirut with writer-director Ziad Doueiri in attendance.
New Seasons Of ‘My Naked Secret’ & ‘Body Bizarre’ Launch In July
Discovery Networks International is rolling out new seasons of My Naked Secret and Body Bizarre across its portfolio of networks in 220 territories. The series will begin in July, and each show follows stories of individuals living with mysterious and incredible medical anomalies. My Naked Secret is focused on the transformative aspects of the people inflicted as they undergo treatment. Body Bizarre has a more medical-science skew. My Naked Secret, produced by Maverick TV, will return for a 12-part third season on TLC and other DNI lifestyle networks. The second season of Body Bizarre, produced in partnership with Zig Zag and Barcroft Productions, is set to air as a 10-parter on various DNI networks, including Discovery Channel, Discovery Science, TLC and Real Time.
Paramount Channel Launching In Romania, Expanding In Hungary
Viacom International Media Networks is extending the global reach of the Paramount Channel, launching into Romania and boosting distribution in Hungary. A localized Romanian version of the channel will be available to pay-TV subscribers of digital and satellite basic packages. It will offer viewers a selection of films from the Paramount Pictures library as well as contemporary classics from other U.S. studios and European movies from the past few decades. It joins other VIMN channels MTV, Nickelodeon and Comedy Central Extra. In Hungary, under a deal with RCS&RDS, the channel now is available through almost all of the major operators in the country. Other VIMN channels in Hungary include Nickelodeon, Nick Jr, Comedy Central, Comedy Central Extra, MTV and VIVA Hungary. Paramount Channel is also available in such markets as Spain, France and Russia.
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