From The Extra Mile creator Studio Glam comes a new format to be proffered at Mip-TV that focuses on dating in the 21st century. FremantleMedia next month will launch Extreme Love, which challenges a group of modern-day Prince Charmings to prove their survival skills in order to win the hand of their princess. Ten would-be woo-ers from all walks of life will head to a remote location where they have two tasks: to compete for the affections of a modern-day maiden and to survive harsh living conditions and compete against the forces of nature, and one another, in order to survive. Says Studio Glam CEO and Exec Producer Ami Glam: “The search for the big new dating show has preoccupied industry creatives for quite some time. Extreme Love takes the TV dating world to the next level by being both real and reliable. By challenging the participants with extreme conditions, they have to explore their inner depths and not just perform for the camera.” The Danish version of Glam’s Extra Mile recently launched to very strong ratings. That format was acquired by Endemol in a multi-territory deal at Mip-TV last year.
Under a new multiyear pact between ITV and 20th Century Fox Television Distribution, ITV is set to become the new free-to-air home of Seth MacFarlane’s Family Guy in Britain. Starting in the fall, all new seasons of Family Guy will premiere on ITV2. The deal also covers Seasons 1-4 of The Cleveland Show, new series Bordertown and upcoming and existing seasons of American Dad. Family Guy will begin its 15th season in the fall.
Viacom International Media Networks has announced the appointment of Jose Tolosa as its new COO. Tolosa will relocate from Miami to New York, replacing Pierluigi Gazzolo, who was appointed late last year to lead VIMN’s business in Latin America. The exec will be focused on accelerating the company’s international growth strategy, including extending its pay TV footprint in key growth markets and increasing opportunities for consumers to access content via multiple screens and devices. He will have management responsibility for Finance, Legal and Human Resources, in addition to his existing areas of oversight that include Strategy and Business Development, International Content Management, Research and VIMN’s international media centers in Amsterdam and London, which are responsible for transmission of more than 200 VIMN pay TV networks worldwide. Tolosa is a seven-year veteran of VIMN.