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
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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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The second day of MIP Formats in Cannes saw TFP partners Michel Rodrigue and Justin Scroggie using the best and worst examples of pitching to reveal how to sell formats.

In a unique presentation, Justin and Michel played a ‘pitcher’ and a ‘buyer’ in a series of short sketches, during which the audience were able to see what they were actually thinking via ‘thought bubbles’ above their heads.  The sketches each revealed a lesson about pitching, which was then explored in more detail after the sketch by the Format People partners.

The session was very well attended and received, as this comment in an email I received from a young producer the following day:

“Can I just say on a personal, business withstanding, note that the presentation that you and Michel delivered was amazing in your do’s and don’ts of pitching, I’m a young producer representing a big company, this was my first MIP and your insight was, not only useful, but well delivered and made me laugh AT least 6 times.”


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Strong launch for “Chef In Your Ear” France 2!


“Chef In Your Ear”, aka “Un Chef A L’Oreille” hits the ground running on France 2, with a 40% increase on the daily stripped slot.

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