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6 items from 2006


WDR chief has words for Jauch

28 December 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

COLOGNE, Germany -- The new head of German public broadcaster WDR is making a name for herself by criticizing one of Germany's most beloved TV personalities: game and talk show host Guenther Jauch.

Jauch, who hosts the top-rated Who Wants To Be a Millionaire and Stern TV on commercial channel RTL, has signed on to replace journalist Sabine Christiansen as host of Germany's leading political talk show on pubcaster ARD.

Jauch's contract, however, must still be approved by ARD's board, which is made up of representatives from Germany's regional channels, including WDR.

In an interview with German weekly Die Zeit, WDR director-to-be Monika Piel attacked Jauch's decision to work for both a commercial and public broadcaster at the same time.

"Either you are with us (the public broadcasters) or you are with the commercial channels," she said.

Piel also said Jauch's many advertising contracts -- the presenter is a TV pitchman for everything from state lotteries to mail-order catalogs -- could represent a conflict of interest. »

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SET going 'Dancing' with Indian series

1 August 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

NEW DELHI -- Sony Entertainment Television will launch an Indian version of BBC1 reality series Strictly Come Dancing, the format that airs in the U.S. as Dancing With the Stars on ABC. The Indian series will be titled Jhalak Dikhla Ja (Show Me Your Moves) and will be co-produced by New Delhi-based game show production house Synergy Communications, SET said. Synergy's credits include the Indian version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, which aired on STAR's Hindi channel STAR Plus. The biweekly show is scheduled to launch in the first week of September. As with its international format, the Indian version will pair a celebrity with a professional dancer who will be judged by a three-member jury and viewer votes. »

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Celador wants to know who wants 'Millionaire'

30 March 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

LONDON -- Who Wants to Be a Millionaire creator Celador is spinning off the brand as a separate company as part of a plan to exit the television business, the company announced Thursday. The move would come as part of a two-stage deal that would see Celador sell off TV production arm Celador Prods. and international distribution business Celador International in order to focus on its radio and film assets. Complete Communications Corp., Celador's parent company, is offering all the intellectual property rights related to Millionaire as well as the U.K. back catalog of finished shows. »

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STAR shuts down Indian 'Millionaire'

27 January 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

NEW DELHI -- STAR announced Friday that it will cease production on the the Indian version of Who Wants To Be a Millionaire, which has been airing on the network's flagship Hindi entertainment channel STAR Plus since last September. Known here as Kaun Banega Crorepati or KBC2, the series -- now in its second season -- is hosted by Indian film superstar Amitabh Bachchan, who was hospitalized last December and operated for an intestinal infection. Though Bachchan was discharged from hospital almost a month ago, his doctors have advised him a further two months rest which has led to STAR canceling shooting for future episodes. The cancellation is expected to hurt advertising revenues for STAR Plus. Industry estimates indicate that KBC 2 had raked in about Rupees 4 billion rupees ($22 million) so far, with a similar amount expected if the show had run its entire length into the summer. »

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Davies signs three-year deal at SPT

3 January 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Sony Pictures Television is entering the primetime unscripted arena in a big way, signing top reality producer Michael Davies and his company Embassy Row in a three-year overall deal. "We've always said we are in the portfolio business," SPT co-president programming and production Zack Van Amburg said. "What is perceived by some as a plateau (in the reality genre) we see as an opportunity to compete and win with good programming. Michael is a great storyteller who has proven that he can create shows that are both unique and compelling." In addition to unscripted programming, where Davies has made his mark with such hits as ABC's Who Wants to Be a Millionaire and Wife Swap, the SPT pact also covers the development of scripted shows. »

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Davies signs three-year deal at SPT

3 January 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Sony Pictures Television is entering the primetime unscripted arena in a big way, signing top reality producer Michael Davies and his company Embassy Row in a three-year overall deal. "We've always said we are in the portfolio business," SPT co-president programming and production Zack Van Amburg said. "What is perceived by some as a plateau (in the reality genre) we see as an opportunity to compete and win with good programming. Michael is a great storyteller who has proven that he can create shows that are both unique and compelling." In addition to unscripted programming, where Davies has made his mark with such hits as ABC's Who Wants to Be a Millionaire and Wife Swap, the SPT pact also covers the development of scripted shows. »

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