Global Showbiz Briefs: Plenty Of Glory For E!’s ‘Gutz’; ‘Rising Star’ Heading To Italy; More

Plenty Of Glory For ‘Gutz’ In The Philippines
E!‘s first international reality series, It Takes Gutz To Be A Gutierrez, has been given an early renewal for Season 2. The trials and tribulations of the Filipino showbiz clan broke ratings records throughout the S1 run, becoming the channel’s most watched program in the Philippines since January 2013. At its peak, it made E! the No. 1 channel in its primetime slot among key demographics. The series also performed well in Malaysia. As in cinema, producing for local audiences can be a lucrative business. NBC Universal’s E! is aiming to build a superstar family reality franchise in Asia with the Gutz. The six-episode series gives viewers unfiltered access to the Gutierrez family, which includes former beauty queen Ruffa; her twin brothers, actor Richard and fashionista Raymond; and their parents, veteran screen star Eddie and political aspirant/talent manager Annabelle. The season finale of It Takes Gutz To Be A Gutierrez airs July 6. Here’s a trailer:

Rising Star’ Heading To Italy On Mediaset Canale 5
rising starRising Star has found a broadcast home in Italy. The Keshet International format will be produced for Mediaset Canale 5 by Sony Pictures Television’s local shingle, Toro Produzioni. Eight episodes have been commissioned to air during the 2015 season. Rising Star has sold to over 25 international markets. Brazil, Portugal and the U.S. are currently on air. A second season is planned at home in Israel, where the first broke ratings records.

Picturehouse Bringing ‘More Fool Me’ To Cinemas
Continuing its live event cinema drive, Picturehouse Entertainment will broadcast a performance by U.K. renaissance man Stephen Fry to mark the publication of his new volume Stephen Fryof memoirs More Fool Me. On October 1, Picturehouse will send the broadcast out via satellite to more than 200 cinemas around Britain and 100 around the world. The Royal Festival Hall will be the setting for the performance, which will give audiences a sneak preview into the content of the book. Fry’s previous tome, The Fry Chronicles: An Autobiography was published in 2010 and also had a live cinema component. More Fool Me is billed as a heady tale of the late ’80s and early ’90s, in which Stephen – driven to create, perform and entertain – burned bright and partied hard and damn the consequences. Penguin publishes More Fool Me on September 25.

Brazil Adding ‘MasterChef’ To TV Menu
Shine International and Brazil’s Bandeirantes Networks have pacted to bring MasterChef to Brazil. Produced by Eyeworks and filmed in Sao Paulo, the new primetime series will air locally on Band. Preproduction and casting will begin in the coming weeks. This is the fourth deal for MasterChef in Latin America after Peru, Argentina and Chile. In total, there are more than 45 productions worldwide. The MasterChef format is repped globally by Shine International and is based on a format originally created by Franc Roddam.

Discovery Buys The Living Channel New Zealand
Discovery Communications has increased its presence Down Under with the acquisition of The Living Channel New Zealand Limited, which operates local pay-TV channels The Living Channel and Food TV. They will join Discovery Channel and Animal Planet, which Discovery already distributes in the market via Sky TV. The Living Channel airs programs that cover the home renovation, real estate, gardening and celebrity travel genres. It was founded in 2002. FoodTV spun off from The Living Channel in 2005, and caters to foodies with shows from such chefs and authors as Heston Blumenthal, Jamie Oliver, Nigella Lawson and Rick Stein.

Square One Entertainment Picks Up Four Cannes Films
Germany’s Square One Entertainment has padded out its slate with some sought-after Cannes market titles. The company is aiming to elevate its distribution of high-end art house features and commercial fare and has taken German rights on four pictures to be released in 2015. They are Eli Roth’s Knock Knock with Keanu Reeves; Anton Corbijn’s Life with Robert Pattinson, Dane DeHaan and Joel Edgerton; Boychoir starring Dustin Hoffman, Kathy Bates, Debra Winger, Josh Lucas and Eddie Izzard; and Spooks: The Greater Good with Kit Harington, Peter Firth and Jennifer Ehle. Square One recently released such films as Philomena, All Is Lost and Yves Saint Laurent.

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