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The beginning of the school is a busy time for Target, and the major retailer wants to ensure college freshman head to the red bull's-eye when it's time to outfit their dorm rooms. To that end, it has partnered with a quartet of YouTube content creators, who serve as the stars of a new web series titled Best Year Ever. Best Year Ever is essentially a short-form version of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. Each episode features some incoming freshmen, designer Veronica Valencia, and one of four featured YouTubers: Todrick Hall, Anneorshine, Mikey Bolts, and iHasCupquake. The assembled group gallivants around Target in search of must-have items for the fall. Unlike some other branded web series, Best Year Ever makes a concerted effort to feature the specific personalities of its charismatic stars. For instance, in one short video, Hall sashays through the aisles while singing a song about Target. Hall's Best »
- Sam Gutelle
Did you ever watch an episode of, say, "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" and there's a young kid in the family and the designer asks "What do you like?" and kid's like "I like baseball and blah blah blah," and then all of a sudden when the reveal happens, the kid's room is Entirely covered in baseball wallpaper and decals and baseballs and paraphernalia and you think, man, they are just gonna outgrow that if you shove it down their throats. We were like that kid -- "I liked the Blue album and 'Pinkerton!'" -- when it comes to Weezer and it was iterated enough that Weezer heard. The Blue album came out in 1994, "Pinkerton" in 1996. The band -- after a number of hit singles, a number of maligned albums, some bonkers pop experiments and funny, fun live shows -- heard the cry "I like those albums" and reissued "Pinkerton »
Top network executives gathered at Variety’s Purpose: The Family Entertainment and Faith-Based Summit at the Four Seasons Beverly Hills on Thursday to discuss whether the word “faith” in TV is still the elephant in the room.
Paradigm agent Michael Van Dyck moderated the panel and posed the question of whether there is still a negative connotation to faith-based entertainment and if content buyers are afraid that faith means lower entertainment quality.
“It’s just having a little faith in the word faith,” Amy Introcaso-Davis, Evp of Programming at the Game Show Network, said.
She explained that this stance will take time for people to get used to, but with the emergence of many successful, faith-based films this year, that question doesn’t seem to be an issue.
Traci Blackwell, VP of Current Programming at The CW went on to say that faith does not just mean religion. “It’s not just a God thing, »
- Nikara Johns
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Extreme Makeover: Home Edition was a staple on Sunday nights on ABC for nearly a decade. The show's ratings faded over the years and the network decided it was time to end the show. NBC recently unveiled their own home renovation program, American Dream Builders. Is this series a hit or will it be cancelled after one season instead?
On American Dream Builders, two teams of designers and builders from around the country must work together to perform major renovations on a pair of homes. Their work is judged and designers/builders are eliminated from the competition. The judges are Nate Berkus, Eddie George, and Monica Pedersen.
The show debuted on March 23rd to a 0.9 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 3.6 million total viewers. This was a poor showing right out of the gate and the numbers got worse and worse for the next »
Banijay Studios North America aims to produce content for numerous platforms in the U.S. and gradually expand into other English-speaking territories and Latin America. Banijay is the parent company of Bunim/Murray Prods., which will remain a separate entity from the L.A.-based studio.
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“David’s expertise, persuasive powers and creative vision will be huge assets to us as we continue to increase our production presence in English speaking markets, a strategic priority for us that will continue to roll out over the coming year,” said Banijay Group CEO Marco Bassetti.
Goldberg left Endemol in December after heading the company’s U.S. arm for 13 years.
“Banijay is a well capitalized, »
- Cynthia Littleton
Los Angeles, CA (March 27, 2014) – The Producers Guild of America (PGA) is pleased to announce the initial slate of speakers confirmed to participate in the 6th annual Produced By Conference (Pbc). Director and producer David Fincher (Gone Girl, Fight Club, SE7EN, The Social Network, The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button) & producer Ceán Chaffin (Gone Girl, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo), producer Norman Lear (“The Jeffersons, “All In The Family”), actor and producer Seth Rogen (Neighbors, Pineapple Express, Knocked Up), and producer Joe Roth (Maleficent, Alice In Wonderland, Snow White And The Huntsman) will participate as featured speakers at the 2014 Produced By Conference, hosted by Warner Bros. Studios on June 7-8. Additional speakers include some of the entertainment and digital industries’ most renowned producers and visionaries. Confirmed speakers are noted below in alphabetical order. Additional speakers will be announced prior to the conference. – Chris Albrecht, CEO, Starz – Natalie Bruss, VP, Digital Strategy, »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Feeling much more like a Bravo show than something destined to rock NBC’s house, “American Dream Builders” represents a hodgepodge of reality concepts, mixing the feel-good uplift of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” with the cutthroat elimination politicking of “The Apprentice” or “Project Runway.” The modest conceit is that two teams of C-list designers — at least, to those unlikely to swoon at the names Vanessa Deleon or Darren Moore — vie to turn around a home remodel in record time, with one of the losers jettisoned each week. Not surprisingly, there’s lots of boastful bravado and sniping, but even a smidgen of originality, alas, isn’t part of the floor plan.
Hosted by Nate Berkus, the premiere immediately splits the dozen designers and home-builders before setting off at a breakneck pace — redesigning two houses on the same street, where the multiple generations living there have outgrown the space. Frantic from the get-go, »
- Brian Lowry
Trading Spaces and Extreme Makeover: Home Edition‘s Ty Pennington is trading a hammer and nails for a kitchen apron. TNT has tapped Pennington to host its new cooking competition show On The Menu with chef Emeril Lagasse as Menu Master. A fall 2014 premiere is planned. In each episode, a group of passionate home cooks will be challenged to create a the next signature dish for that week’s selected restaurant chain, stadium concession stand, or other American food business. The amateur cooks will work in conjunction with professional chefs to create their dishes, from concept to execution. A panel of judges will then determine which dish not only tastes the best, but also fits with the restaurant’s current menu offerings. The winning dish will immediately go on the business’ menu, giving viewers at home the chance to go try the dish the very next day. On The Menu »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Ty Pennington, who’s best known for his work on the home improvement shows “Trading Spaces” and “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” is heading to the kitchen as the host of TNT’s new Mark Burnett-exec produced series, “On the Menu.”
Pennington joins chef Emeril Lagasse, who will mentor the contestants throughout the competition as the show’s “menu master.”
The cooks will work with professional chefs weekly to create new signature dishes for American food businesses, including restaurant chains and stadium concession stands. The winning dish will appear on the business’ menu, giving viewers the opportunity to try the dish the very next day.
“Two TV veterans, Emeril and Ty, who have amazing energy, are coming together for a show that is all about serving up a brand new experience for the viewer,” Burnett said in a press release. “This is going to be fun to watch: Emeril and »
- Andrea Seikaly
Ty Pennington (“Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”) is trading in his tool belt for a kitchen apron as host of TNT's new series “On the Menu.” Also, Chef Emeril Lagasse (“Emeril Live”) is signed on to be the show's Menu Master, Turner said Wednesday. “On the Menu” is television's first cooking show to give viewers the chance to taste the winning dish after every episode, as well as give everyday cooks the chance to have their dish appear in dining institutions across the country, TNT boasted in a press release. Also read: ‘MasterChef Junior’ Renewed by Fox for Third Season In each episode, »
- Tony Maglio
Veteran unscripted executive and producer Eugene Young has joined Ryan Seacrest Prods. as president. He succeeds longtime CEO Adam Sher, who stepped down in November. Young starts in March, reporting to Rsp chairman Ryan Seacrest on creative matters and to COO/CFO Jeff Refold on business and financial matters. Recently appointed Evp Unscripted Programming Izzie Pick Ashcroft will report to Young. Evp Scripted Programming Nina Wass will work closely with Young, and continue to report to Seacrest. “Eugene’s an extremely talented and accomplished television executive, as well as an experienced producer, with a keen understanding of the business — not just where it’s been, or even where we are, but most important, where it’s all going,” said Seacrest. Young called the appointment “the biggest opportunity of my career.” For the past eight months, Young served as co-managing director of Hell’s Kitchen producer A. Smith & Co. Before that, »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Ben Samek has been tapped as chief operating officer, overseeing business development and strategy and the newly launched Endemol Beyond digital channel.
Rob Smith has taken on an expanded role as exec VP of creative affairs, spearheading all unscripted development and current programming for the company.
Samek was previously COO of 51 Minds, the Endemol-owned production imprint that Abrego headed before being tapped co-ceo in October.
- Variety Staff
Zap2it: What drew you to "Building Wild"?
Paul Dimeo: I came off 'Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,' and there we were building homes. And the story behind 'Extreme' was always we would send our families away. They would go to Disneyland. ... And when these families would come back -- and over a decade I heard this -- the families would come back and say, 'Jeez, we really wish we were here.' And they were really, truly missing the best part of it. They're missing an entire community coming together to build them this house. They're away, so they have no idea who's doing what.
So when George (Verschoor, the show runner) and I were talking about what were some of the great things you could take away from that, well the fact that you could have your client working with us, meeting everybody and having their friends come. »
A four-seat Atv shimmies, sways and weaves its way up a mountainside path, at one point nearly depositing a passenger into the sea of mud it's navigating. All on board can see their breath, a constant reminder that winter is not far off.
It's a cold, clammy, bumpy ride to the top of the former Timber Ridge Ski Resort in Windham, Vt., on this rainy late October morning, where a crew of builders is laboring mightily to finish up a project for the new National Geographic Channel series "Building Wild," premiering Tuesday, Jan. 14.
On this day, the project in question is a 400-square-foot cabin built around a 20-foot-high concrete pier that used to hold the return pulley for the ski lift. It comes outfitted with a bar and a snowboard ramp for its father/son owners, a wood stove tied into the pier to radiate heat throughout, and a makeshift »
15 items from 2014
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