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‘Catchphrase’ Producer Stv Productions Preps UK Remake Of French Entertainment Format ‘The Secret Song’

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Catchphrase and Sex Tape producer Stv Productions is developing a UK adaptation of French entertainment format The Secret Song.

The company, which is the production arm of the Scottish broadcaster, has optioned the format from Vivendi Entertainment.

The series, which was originally created by Dmlstv, airs on TF1 in France. In each show, singers, actors, TV hosts, athletes and comedians have to sit in a chair in the middle of the stage, in the dark, having absolutely no clue about what’s going to happen. But then, the music starts playing, the lights go up, and they are surprised to hear the first notes of a song that means a lot to them.

Separately, ITV Studios Germany has also optioned the format, which has been snapped up in ten countries including Finland.

Stv produces series including ITV entertainment format Safeword, which has been remade for VH1 in the U.S.
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‘Safeword’ Producer Stv Productions Signs With Wme As It Eyes U.S. Expansion

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Exclusive: Safeword and Sex Tape producer Stv Productions is gearing up for an aggressive push into the U.S. and has signed with Wme for representation.

This comes after the company, which is the production arm of the eponymous Scottish broadcaster, hired former Tinopolis and NBC Universal executive David Mortimer as its content chief.

Stv Productions will work with the Hollywood talent agency across genres as it looks to develop dramas and entertainment formats for UK, U.S. and international markets. It was previously repped by CAA but Mortimer has previously worked with Wme during his time at A Smith & Co. and Magical Elves owner Tinopolis, where they were instrumental in helping sell Paradise Hotel to Fox, and via his own Sony-backed indie Fever Media.

MD Mortimer joined Stv at the end of last year and has been tasked with growing the scale of the production business, developing
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Sam Neill’s Captain Cook Pacific Series Head to Ovation in the U.S. (Exclusive)

  • Variety
Ovation has scored a number of factual shows from Sky Vision as Mipcom gets underway, including a series that sees “Jurassic Park” actor Sam Neill hit the high seas.

Arts and culture U.S. cable network Ovation snagged the six-part “The Pacific: In The Wake of Captain Cook with Sam Neill” as part of wider deal with Sky Vision, the content and distribution arm of European pay TV giant Sky.

The six-part documentary series sees Neill, soon to be seen in the remake of “Rams,” retrace Captain Cook’s voyage across the largest ocean in the world, and delve into Cook’s legacy.

Ovation has acquired 75 hours in all and multiple series. Shows heading to the channel include “Antiques Road Trip” and its celebrity spin-off, and magic series “Illusions of Grandeur.” It has also picked up art show “Making Marvels,” which follows the Urban Arts Projects group as they create massive works of art.
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Tinopolis Content Chief David Mortimer To Leave A. Smith & Co & Magical Elves Owner

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Tinopolis Content Chief David Mortimer To Leave A. Smith & Co & Magical Elves Owner
Exclusive: David Mortimer, content chief at Tinopolis Group, which owns American Ninja Warrior producer A. Smith & Co and Nailed It! producer Magical Elves, is leaving the company.

I hear that the former NBC Universal exec has scored a high-profile new job at Scottish broadcaster Stv. Mortimer is set to become content chief at Scottish broadcaster Stv’s production division. As MD of Stv Productions, he will oversee the company’s growth strategy and build on hit formats such as Antiques Road Trip, Celebrity Antiques Road Trip and Catchphrase.

He will be London-based and will work closely with recently installed CEO Simon Pitts, who in May, unveiled a three-year growth strategy that includes investment in production, the launch of a new formats unit and new digital team.

The company said that it wanted to rebrand its production arm to “focus exclusively on developing returning series for both terrestrial and Svod players
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Bargain Hunt and the quest for useless knowledge

Alex Carter Aug 17, 2016

The BBC has a packed line-up of daytime antique shows, but the original Bargain Hunt still provides the most edutainment...

It is an immutable law of the universe that everything everywhere will at some point be bought on Bargain Hunt. That important looking bit you keep in that tin of random things in case you find out what it’s for? In 2064 some antiques expert who hasn’t even been born yet will explain casually that it was used as a stand for rich Moldovan aristocrats' spare eyeballs, or a small portable gardening tool for calibrating parasols. It doesn’t matter if it was actually the plastic thing that keeps your router standing on end.

It’s these genuinely true histories of random objects bought from someone’s car boot that makes Bargain Hunt the most educational of daytime shows - it teaches you about things you
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Celebrity Antiques Road Trip review: John Simpson loses £132.46 on a bucket and a brooch

Martha Kearney and John Simpson pootle around Hampshire in search of some old bargains in this low-stakes challenge. Plus: Ant and Dec return triumphantly in I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here

My relationship with antiques hasn’t always been an easy one. As a kid, I associated old brown furniture with death, dust and places that were less enjoyable to be in than toy shops. But since becoming more antiquated and dusty myself, I’m beginning to see the point of them. Not to the extent of actually willingly going inside an antiques shop, but I do quite like Antiques Roadshow (well, I like playing Guess How Much, and I enjoy watching the disappointed people trying hard not look disappointed). Now, I’m going to get involved with Celebrity Antiques Road Trip (BBC2).

It has cars and celebrities, which should liven things up. It’s got Martha Kearney and John Simpson here,
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