7 items from 2014
As part of its network rebranding, Oxygen Media has unveiled its new logo and tagline –”very real” — which is scheduled to launch October 7.
“This is a dynamic time for Oxygen as we rebrand and reinforce the network as the destination for young female viewers,” Frances Berwick, president of Bravo & Oxygen Media, said in a statement. “With nine new series, we are committed to increasing original programming with vibrant and bold shows that are in line with our new programming filter and target this underserved audience.”
The cable net also announced the greenlight of two new programs, “It Takes A Sister” and “After Happily Ever After,” and three new projects in development, “The Assistants,” “Party Inc.” and “Stranded At Work”:
“It Takes A Sister” (working title)
- Shelli Weinstein
Spike TV has ordered a 10-episode second season of unscripted series Catch A Contractor hosted by Adam Carolla, slated for debut in the fall. Spike also is extending the new episodes to an hour, up from the current half-hour. Carolla, who happens to be a master carpenter, serves as a vigilant watchdog to homeowners who have been cheated by a contractor and left with an unfinished disaster. In each episode, Carolla, along with no-nonsense contractor Skip Bedell and his wife, investigator Alison Bedell, track down shady, evasive contractors, drag them back to their construction disasters and make them finish the job right. Catch A Contractor debuted March 9 and is averaging 1.2 million viewers after seven episodes. Eyeworks USA created the series, with Jd Roth, Todd A. Nelson, DJ Nurre and Brant Pinvidic executive producing. »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
“Bar Rescue” stars bar and nightlife expert Jon Taffer, who uses his tough love approach and experience in the nightclub business to give backers of failing establishments another chance to transform themselves into profitable business owners.
- Nikara Johns
Spike TV has ordered 20 more episodes of original series Bar Rescue starring bar and nightlife expert Jon Taffer. Season 4 is set to debut this fall. Bar Rescue, from the producers of Extreme Weight Loss and Opposite Worlds, follows Taffer as he utilizes his nearly three decades of experience in the restaurant, bar and nightclub business to help give failing establishments one last chance to transform themselves into profitable businesses. A new batch of original episodes (part of season three) kicked off on March 9 at 9 Pm and have averaged 1.8 million viewers, Spike TV says, improving the timeslot +173% with Adults 18-49 and +131% with total viewers. Bar Rescue is produced by Eyeworks USA and Executive Producers Jd Roth, Todd A. Nelson, DJ Nurre, Tim Warren and Jon Taffer. »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Warner Bros. Television Group has entered into an agreement to acquire all Eyeworks’ businesses outside the Us, in 15 countries across Europe, South America, Australia and New Zealand. The deal adds 13 new territories to Wbtv’s network of production companies. Manhattan Beach-based Eyeworks USA — run by producer-CEOs J.D. Roth and Todd A. Nelson — will remain independent. Also read: ‘The Lego Movie’ Snaps a Bright, Colorful Franchise Into Place for Warner Bros. Animation Reinout Oerlemans (pictured, left, with Robbie Williams) will step down as CEO of Eyeworks and become the new chairman of Eyeworks USA. Ronald Goes, executive vice president and head. »
- Tim Molloy
In a big move to expand its overseas production operations, Warner Bros. TV Group has cut a deal to acquire the international production units of Netherlands-based Eyeworks in a deal valued at more than $273 million.
The deal, unveiled Tuesday ayem, will give Warner Bros. TV a foothold in 14 key territories across Europe, South America as well as in Australia and New Zealand. The Eyeworks USA unit will remain independent and is not included in the purchase. Television Business Intl. pegged the price tag at $273.3 million.
Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara said: “Our proposed acquisition of Eyeworks’ 15 local production companies represents a significant next step in our strategy, further strengthening Warner Bros.’ position in global television.”
- Cynthia Littleton
TBS has handed an eight episode order to “Funniest Wins,” an hourlong comedy competition from Marlon Wayans.
Produced by Workaholic/Marlon and Eyeworks USA, “Funniest Wins” follows Wayans and his comedian friends and fam as they search for the funniest multi-talented comedian out there, often pitting YouTube sensations against comedians who have honed their craft on stage. The goal of each seg is to make people laugh, or be sent home.
The season’s winner will nab a cash prize along with the chance to star in an online series for Wayans’ digital comedy destination WhatTheFunny.com.
- AJ Marechal
7 items from 2014
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