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Discovery’s Betty Sets Up U.S. Production Arm

London — U.K. TV production company Betty, which is owned by Discovery Communications, has launched a U.S. production arm. The new division will be led by Discovery Networks International senior executive Jon Sechrist.

Betty makes primetime factual entertainment, features, specialist factual, documentary and adventure shows, including “Heston’s Great British Food,” “The Undateables,” “Bear Grylls: Mission Survive,” “Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners” and “The Fabulous Baker Brothers.” It supplies programs to major U.K. broadcasters including BBC, ITV and Channel Four, as well as TLC and Discovery, and its shows have been sold to more than 63 countries.

“Betty creates high-quality television with formats and storylines that can translate to the U.S. market, creating new hit series while broadening their own audience beyond the U.K.,” said Lee Bartlett, president of the Studios Group for Discovery, which oversees Betty. “Jon’s contributions to Discovery Networks International are invaluable and his expertise
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Back to the pit: “BBQ Pitmasters” returns to Destination America

“Maybe some of the best BBQ of any season yet!” Myron Mixon (pictured) told us that when we asked him what to expect from the new season of Destination America’s hit competition series BBQ Pitmasters, which begins April 12. Mixon is back at the judges’ table this season, along with returning judge Tuffy Stone and new judge Moe Cason, a self-taught Pitmaster and fan-favorite contestant from an earlier season. The new season features contestants from Georgia, Texas, North Carolina, Memphis and Kansas City. The premiere episode features Robby Royal from Rescue Smokers returning for a chance at redemption after his … Continue reading →

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Daniel Laikind to Lead Original Media as CEO

Daniel Laikind has been appointed CEO of Original Media, parent company Endemol North America announced today.

The top spot at the unscripted shingle had been left vacant following Charlie Corwin’s hiring as co-ceo and co-chairman of Endemol North America in October of last year. (Cris Abrego also serves as co-ceo/chairman of the studio.) Corwin, who founded Original Media in 2002, called Laikind an “asset to the Original Media team and to Endemol overall.”

“Daniel has had a profound impact on the unscripted genre in both long form and short form and is known for creating edgy, quality content,” Corwin stated. “I love his work. He is very well liked and respected in the creative community and among buyers.”

Laikind joins Original Media after served as prez of development and production at Stick Figure Prods., a production company he co-founded. Shows that have grown on Stick Figure’s slate during
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Tlc's BBQ Pitmasters, season finale sneak peek clip plus bonus recipe

Tlc's BBQ Pitmasters, season finale is a true Texas showdown when the Godfather of Ribs, Johnny Trigg, challenges his closest friends and fiercest rivals to compete in an all-rib Shootout. For the first time ever, the cookers watch the judges reactions, both good and shockingly bad. Tonight, Thursday, Feb. 4 at 10pm / 9c - on Tlc's BBQ Pitmasters, Season Finale. From Tlc: A BBQ Side Dish you can make for Super Bowl Sunday: Surprise Slaw (No Mayo!) A barbecue can feel incomplete without coleslaw. While there are many regional varieties of this favorite side dish, most have two things in common: cabbage and vinegar. Surprise Slaw is no exception. But more unusual ingredients include sunflower
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