“Brilliant Chinese – Path to Glory”ranked #1 across China


“Brilliant Chinese – Path to Glory”ranked #1 across China

LU Wei, vice-president of Canxing/Star China announced the great ratings of its new original talent show “Brilliant Chinese-Path to Glory”.

For the past two weeks, over 120 Million people have watched episodes 5 and 6 of the series, earning a 4.2% market share and this week officially ranked #1 across China.

Brilliant-Chinese-contestants-e1498229711976The show airs in primetime on CCTV-1 Saturday evenings at 8:00 pm CST. On its way to be the next major global Format hit, “Brilliant Chinese – Path To Glory”, is the first Chinese format ready for international distribution with co-development partner Syco, following the announcement of the collaboration in December 2016.

“Brilliant Chinese-Path to Glory takes the talent Format to a new level. Canxing-Star China is thrilled that that our unique variety show has pushed the boundaries showcasing talent from all walks of life. Our Chinese audience can’t wait to choose the winner and we look forward to presenting the format to the rest of the world,” said Iris Xia, Deputy General Manager of Star China International Media Limited.

The Format for “Brilliant Chinese-Path to Glory” was developed with Syco Entertainment and Canxing/Star China, as part of a 3-year development deal signed with Syco with a primary goal to co-develop large scale global entertainment formats with appeal for the Chinese-speaking world; and the potential for international distribution.


“We are delighted with the show, more than 120 million viewers in the last two weeks cannot be wrong. Working with our friends in China has been a joy and we look forward to even greater success moving forward” said Nigel Hall, Global head of television Syco Entertainment.

“Brilliant Chinese – Path To Glory” takes ordinary members of the public and turns them into television stars. From the fishmonger to the housewife, viewers have been captivated – watching stars being created each week. Four judges representing four categories – Singing, Dance, Variety and Kids – work with their favourites to help members of the public achieve their full potential as artists. The magic happens when all four judges fall in love with an act and the path to glory is opened to the next round. Judges: The four category judges, each specializing in their area of expertise, are: well-known Chinese television personality, Sa Beining as the head judge. He has been a host on CCTV and involved with many television programs and specializes in the Variety category. Overseeing the Kids’ category is Zhu Dan — a well-known Chinese actress and host, appearing on leading provincial satellite channels. The Singing category will be judged by Cai Guoqing, a prestigious Chinese singer who holds the record for the most performances on CCTV1’s Spring Festival Gala. The Dance category is being judged by Huang Doudou, a Chinese professional dancer and choreographer, who won numerous domestic and International dancing competition awards.…

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Justin tackles social experiments at CPH Festival



Viewers are being flooded with so-called ‘experiments’. But will this overkill dilute the genre beyond saving – or can the TV industry find the focus it needs to keep the genre fresh, original, and evolving?

When you turn on your television there’s a good chance you will run into a new ‘social experiment’. Experiments are in high demand among broadcasters around the world and it seems there’s no limit in regard to what you can brand as an ‘experiment’ these days.

But what is a ‘TV experiment’ – and what is less an experiment and more just reality pressure? Which are the hottest examples of the genre at the moment? Why are they so attractive to buyers and viewers? And why do some of them fail?

Format Doctor Justin Scroggie will take the audience on a journey through some of the most – and a few of the least – successful ‘experiments’ on television recently. In his trademark forensic style, Justin will set out to define what a real experiment is, in order to show what works and what doesn’t, and therefore reveal how creators and broadcasters can renew the genre.

Head of programming at TV 2, Thomas Breinholt, and Channel Controller at DR3, Irene Strøyer, are the biggest buyers of experiments in Denmark. They will tell the audience why they order so many experiments and also confess to, whether all of their experiments really are experiments.

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Strong Start for “Chef In Je Oor” on VIER


The premiere of “Chef In Je Oor”, the Flemish adaptation of our hit format “Chef In Your Ear”, had a strong start Monday on VIER,  earning a 17,4% share in 18-44 age-group.  That is the best rated show of the evening on VIER in numbers and share.

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Presented by Belgian cultural icon Gert Verhulst, and filmed on location in the historic Vleeshalle (the former meat market) in Mechelen “Chef In Je Oor” is stripped 4 days a week across 16 episodes for Season 1.

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Michel Hosts KOCCA at LA Screenings

Michel hosts the KOCCA Showcase at the LA Screenings.

The Top 5 broadcasters from South Korea screened trailers of the top 10 performing Korean formats on Wednesday May 17th 2017, 3:30PM at The Intercontinental Hotel’s Grand Ballroom in Century City.  The 90 minutes Screening Showcase was presented by Michel Rodrigue CEO The Format People
from screeners provided by the top 5 Korean Broadcasters.

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Following the screening, KOCCA and the 5 Korean Broadcasters hosted a meet & greet networking cocktail at 5PM.

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Bob Boden new EVP at Entertainment Studios


Byron Allen-owned Entertainment Studios has hired veteran game show producer and TFP consultant Bob Boden as its executive vice president of production and development.
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In his new position, Boden will be involved in all facets of the company’s television productions, including the network’s comedy game show, Funny You Should Ask, said network officials.

Boden will also produce and develop new game and reality projects for Entertainment Studios’ television slate of existing and upcoming projects across multiple platforms – broadcast syndication, cable television, and digital, said the company.

Boden most recently served as executive producer of GSN’s game show The Chase, and previously held positions at ABC, CBS, Game Show Network/GSN, FX, Fox Reality Channel, The Family Channel, Mark Goodson Productions, Dick Clark Productions, and Hasbro Studios.

“I am very excited to have the industry’s preeminent game show guru, Bob Boden, join our team,” said Byron Allen, Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Entertainment Studios in a statement. “Bob’s extensive network executive and production experience makes him a great fit for Entertainment Studios as we continue to grow our global media company and invest in premium content.”

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Simon Lythgoe signs co-pro with T Group


LA-based T Group Productions has unveiled an overall co-production deal with Emmy-nominated producer and TFP consultant Simon Lythgoe.

Lythgoe-DalyUnder the deal, Lythgoe will create, develop and produce unscripted programming with a focus on formats and live events to be co-produced with T Group in the U.S., Canada and United Kingdom.

Lythgoe and his Legacy Productions team will relocate to T Group’s office in Los Angeles, and work with Jenny Daly (right), president of T Group, and Rob Lobl, EVP of development and current programming. Daly and Lythgoe will serve as executive producers on all series.

With over 20 years of television experience, Lythgoe has created and produced formats around the world for broadcast and cable networks such as FOX, CBS, Sky, NBC, ITV, Seven Network, CMT and ABC. As founder and president of Legacy Productions, Lythgoe has created and produced A Chance to Dance for Ovation, Opening Act for E! and Next Superstar for CMT.

Prior to establishing Legacy, Lythgoe had an exclusive overall deal at Fremantle Media North America where he worked on productions such as America’s Got Talent, Can You Duet, Celebrity Family Feud, American Idol among others. He also spent time at Mark Burnett Productions where he produced Steven Spielberg’s On The Lot.

Lythgoe has a history with T Group, having served as an executive producer and showrunner for an upcoming T Group / Roberts Media production, Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings, that premieres May 7 on Freeform.

“Simon is an expert when it comes to creating beautiful premium content,” said Daly, in a statement. “His skill of crafting suspense, authentic emotion and big reveals all under the pressure of live stage performance is one of the best in the business. He’s a perfect addition to the team as we look to further expand into this space.”

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Chef In your Ear to India


April 2: Singapore-based Bomanbridge Media announced the sale of 26 episodes of the English-language finished version of “Chef In Your Ear” to Indian broadcaster AETV 18.

Chef In Your Ear is a cooking competition format in which two professional chefs work with two novice cooks to try and deliver restaurant-quality dishes. The amateurs wear ear-pieces, taking instructions from a chef whom they have been paired with, and who is locked away in a booth, unable to smell or taste the food.

““Chef In Your Ear” is one of those very unique shows that is so fun, yet full of drama as well as instructive. India has a rich food culture and the show is sure to be a hit on AETN 18. Bomanbridge is pleased to represent “Chef In Your Ear” in the Asia Pacific and we hope to soon announce Asian formatted versions in the near future,” said Sonia Fleck, Bomanbridge’s CEO.

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The NRK / Magnify Media reality gameshow “Doctors Vs Internet”, which ‘Format Doctor’ Justin Scroggie helped the Norwegian team to develop last year, has won best studio gameshow at this year’s International Formats Awards in Cannes.

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Celebrating with Ole Hedemann the win by NRK of “Doctors vs Internet” at the International Format Awards.

As Justin spelled out in his recent Casebook, the premise of the show (called “What’s Wrong with You?” in Norway) sees two teams compete to diagnose the medical conditions of real people entering the studio, across three rounds. The twist is that while one team is made up of doctors, the other team are ordinary people with access to Google.

In addition to the award, “Doctors Vs Internet” is having a terrific second season in Norway, with audience share consistently above 40%, and a recent high of 46%!

Another NRK format that Justin assisted with, “Animal Attraction” is currently prepping for a second season.  And after a recent ‘surgery’ in Trondheim in March to examine another three new formats, Justin is excited by the quality and quantity of new and original ideas coming out of Norway.


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