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Netflix Sets Three New Unscripted Series

Netflix is expanding its unscripted slate with three new series — comedy show The Fix with UK comedian Jimmy Carr, Katherine Ryan and D.L. Hughley. music performance series Westside and baking competition series Sugar Rush. The Fix is described as the first comedy show in the world with the stated ambition to solve the world's biggest problems. Through comedy. And experts. But mainly through comedy. In each episode Jimmy Carr, along with two permanent team captains… Read

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Nat Geo Wild Slate Features 3 New Series, Return Of ‘Dr. Pol’ & ‘Dr. K’, More; Nat Geo Mundo Slate Also Set – Upfront

Nat Geo Wild is out with its animal-focused 2018-19 slate, which includes three new unscripted series, new seasons of some channel favorites, specials and stunt programming on sharks, dogs and big cats. Two of the new Nat Geo Wild series — Prairie Dog Home Companion and Babies Diary — are set to premiere in January, with the new six-episode Savage Kingdom III: After the Fall targeted for spring 2019. Among the returning shows are Season 14 of Nat Geo Wild’s No. 1 series, T… Read

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EOne Takes Majority Stake In UK Production Company Whizz Kid – MipTV

Marking its inaugural acquisition of a UK-based TV production entity, eOne has taken a majority stake in non-scripted outfit Whizz Kid Entertainment. The deal builds on a recent partnership between the two companies under which eOne has adapted a U.S. version of Whizz Kid format Ex On The Beach for MTV. Further U.S. adaptations of Whizz Kid formats are also expected while the UK company will bring eOne’s U.S. slate to that market. The UK is already a hub for eOne's Family… Read

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Beta Film, Red Bull Media Hit ‘The Net’; Global Road Takes ‘Idiotest’ – MipTV

Beta Film and Red Bull Media House are launching high-end scripted project The Net. Inspired by true events, the ambitious series is planned as five standalone seasons of eight episodes each. It uses the world of soccer as a backdrop for the characters who experience the beautiful game not only as a dream factory, but also one of the largest organized crime enterprises in history. Based on a concept from Matthias Hartmann and Plinio Bachmann, the series aims to… Read

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Don Rickles: An Unlikely YouTube Star & Webby Nominee A Year After Death

Don Rickles, YouTube star? The late, great insult comedian, who died a year ago Friday, might be the unlikeliest – which is most definitely not to say undeserving – Webby Award nominee among the many announced this week. Dinner with Don, produced by AARP Studios, is a 13-episode series – Rickles’ final project – that featured the comic chatting with – and clearly delighting – celebrities including Jimmy Kimmel, Paul Rudd, Snoop Dogg, Sarah Silverman and more. The series… Read

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Studio71 Names Andrew Strauser SVP Of Unscripted Content

Studio71, a Red Arrow Studios company, has hired veteran television executive Andrew Strauser as SVP of unscripted content. In his new position, Strauser will be responsible for developing and producing unscripted content for Studio71 across all platforms, reporting to Rabih Gholam, President of Unscripted. Strauser most recently served as Head of Unscripted for Jennifer Lopez's production company, Nuyorican (World of Dance) where he oversaw all creative and development… Read

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‘Queer Eye’, 4 Other Unscripted Series Renewed By Netflix

Netflix has picked up a second season of its rebooted reality format Queer Eye, along with four other unscripted series Dope, Drug Lords, Nailed It! and The Toys That Made Us. The second season of Dope will premiere April 20, the others are yet-to-be announced. Queer Eye stars Antoni Porowski (Food & Wine), Bobby Berk (Interior Design), Karamo Brown (Culture), Jonathan Van Ness (Grooming) and Tan France (Fashion), who all are returning for Season 2. The series touches on… Read

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Epix Taps Rachel Brill As Head Of Unscripted Programming

Veteran television executive Rachel Brill has joined Epix as SVP, Head of Unscripted Programming. The new position reunites Brill with Michael Wright, President of Epix, with whom she previously worked at Turner and to whom she reports. Brill is based at Epix’s L.A. office at MGM’s headquarters and begins her new job immediately. At Epix, Brill is responsible for development and production of all documentaries and unscripted series. She spent three years working with… Read

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‘Queer Eye’ Producer David Collins On How The Netflix Reboot Will Build Buzz In The Post-Watercooler Age

Queer Eye producer David Collins didn’t get déja vu when he brought the show back on Netflix. Instead, he couldn’t stop thinking about how much has changed since the Bravo version of the show launched in 2003 and became a sensation. On a streaming platform, “We have no commercial breaks!” Collins marveled in an interview with Deadline. “We don’t have recaps and tag-ins and tag-outs. We get to tell a whole story.” Netflix has positioned the return of Queer Eye, which… Read

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‘Bear Grylls: Face The Wild’ & ‘Fly Guys’ Unscripted Series Ordered By Facebook

Facebook Watch is expanding its unscripted slate, ordering docuseries Bear Grylls: Face the Wild for premiere March 21, and Fly Guys, a 10-episode action series featuring some of Europe’s top acrobats and stunt performers, for debut on February 2. Bear Grylls: Face the Wild hails from Electus and renowned survival expert, adventurer and former soldier Bear Grylls. The series features 10 of Grylls’ fans who have been invited to accompany him an an adventure to face the… Read

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Global Road Options ‘Catch Phrase’ Format For China, North & Latin America

Global Road Entertainment has pacted with DRG for quiz show format, Catch Phrase. Under the deal, Global Road (formerly IM Global) has acquired an option for North and Latin America as well as China. Based on a property created by Pasetta Productions and Steven Radosh, Catch Phrase pits three contestants against each other, requiring them to identify well-known phrases and sayings contained in animated picture puzzles, in order to win big cash prizes. It originally had a… Read

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Starz Greenlights Four New Docuseries In Expansion Of Unscripted Programming

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Starz is making its first foray into docuseries, greenlighting four new projects that explore the criminal justice system, a winning youth sports program from LeBron James and Maverick Carter, the world of fashion and the legacy of hip-hop music on American culture. Starz chief Chris Albrecht teased during the Lionsgate earnings call yesterday that the network would be focusing on diversification and would soon be announcing its move into docuseries, an arena that has… Read