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Beauty and the Geek on ITVBe’s FilmOn Channel

21 November 2014 6:02 AM, PST | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Did you watch the American version of the social experiment show “Beauty and the Geek”? If you weren’t on board with the show, catch up on the series with ITVBe’s FilmOn page. “Beauty and the Geek,” now a franchise with shows airing all across the world, features women who fall in the “beauty” category and men who fall in the “geek” category. These two groups–who probably wouldn’t have anything to do with each other outside of this show–are put together into couples to compete for a large cash prize. Here’s more about the show: “What do you get if you put a Chess club captain in a castle with a  [ Read More ]

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Israeli Duo Hit Mip With Global Concepts

4 April 2014 1:44 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Tal Shaked and Einat Shamir were crossing the road together in Cannes two years ago when they decided it was time to make a change.

The two women, both fortysomething mothers who had worked in the Israeli television industry for more than 20 years, were exhausted with the big broadcasters and tired of clawing their way around its male-dominated hierarchy. It was Mipcom, and everyone, it seemed, was hungry for the next big format. Shamir, who worked as head of scripted material at Israel’s Channel 10 for eight years and Shaked, who helped bring programs like “Beauty and the Geek” and “Survivor” to Israeli TV, were longtime friends. Standing on the street in Cannes after another exhausting meeting, the decided this would be their last Mipcom working for other people.

They flew back to Israel, quit their jobs and founded the local outlet A Capella, a boutique content management group that »

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Warner Bros. Sets $273 Mil Deal To Buy Eyeworks’ International TV Operations

11 February 2014 6:27 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

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.”

After the buyout is complete, Eyeworks Group CEO and co-founder Reinout Oerlemans will relocate to the U.S. to become chairman of Eyeworks USA, which is run by producers J.D. Roth and Todd Nelson.

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