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Nigeria Looks to Formats to Boost TV Biz

Nigeria Looks to Formats to Boost TV Biz
Cannes — With the market for global TV formats rapidly evolving, and the balance of power shifting from traditional stalwarts like the U.S., the U.K. and the Netherlands to new players like Turkey, South Korea, Israel, and Japan, Nigerian bizzers are hoping a format boom could emerge from Africa’s most populous nation.

Fourteen years after Ultima Studios struck gold with the Nigerian version of “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire,” paving the way for a surge of unscripted formats like “Big Brother Naija” and “Nigerian Idol,” local producers are energized by a fast-growing TV sector in a country
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Daytime Emmys 2018: Could Wayne Brady (‘Let’s Make a Deal’) win Best Game Show Host for the 1st time after 8 nominations?

Daytime Emmys 2018: Could Wayne Brady (‘Let’s Make a Deal’) win Best Game Show Host for the 1st time after 8 nominations?
Wayne Brady has won 4 Emmys out of 14 career nominations including both daytime and primetime. So it’s perhaps surprising that none of those awards have come in the Daytime Emmys race for Best Game Show Host, where he’s now nominated for the eighth time since 2010 as the presenter of “Let’s Make a Deal.” The series features audience contestants trying to maximize their winnings by making trades with the host. Will there finally be an Emmy waiting for Brady behind door number-two?

Brady actually won his first Daytime Emmy and first Primetime Emmy in the same year: 2003, when he claimed Best Talk Show Host for his daytime series “The Wayne Brady Show” and a few months later Best Variety Performance for the primetime improv series “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” He won a second Daytime Emmy for hosting his talk show in 2004 before its sudden cancellation after three seasons.
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Soap of the Week Results (February 19-23, 2018): 'General Hospital' on Top Again

The results are in from the We Love Soaps "Soap of the Week" poll for February 19-23, 2018. ABC's General Hospital was voted favorite soap opera for the second week in a row.

NBC's Days of our Lives came in second, followed by CBS' The Bold and the Beautiful.

The Favorite Couple this week was Days' Will & Sonny. Gh's Steve Burton (Jason) and Rebecca Herbst (Elizabeth) were Favorite Actor and Favorite Actress.

Check out the complete show rankings below as well as the Top 15 favorite couples, actors and actresses.

Rankshowlast Weektop 31General Hospital (ABC)13132Days of our Lives (NBC)24103The Bold and the Beautiful (CBS)31614The Young and the Restless (CBS)4183

General Hospital's Steve Burton (Jason Morgan) was voted Favorite Actor for the week.

Rankactorlast Weektop 31Steve Burton (Jason), GH3122Chandler Massey (Will), Days2533Roger Howarth (Franco), GH11024Drake Hogestyn (John), Days42135Freddie Smith (Sonny), Days5576Michael
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‘Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?’ Cheating Scandal Stage Play ‘Quiz’ Being Remade For Television By Left Bank Pictures

Exclusive: Charles Ingram, a former British army major, caused a major scandal in the early 2000s after being caught cheating his way to winning £1 million on the game show Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? The incident has been turned into a stage play, Quiz, by rising British writer James Graham and is now set to make its own way to television after Left Bank Pictures began developing it into a drama. The Crown producer is working with Graham — best known for political…
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‘Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?’ Gets Jeremy Clarkson As Host In UK Reboot

This spring, unsure game show contestants may ask the audience, call a friend, or go 50/50 on their guess. But one thing is certain – Jeremy Clarkson will be hosting the UK version of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? when it returns to the airwaves. Clarkson replaces Chris Tarrant for the 20th anniversary of the quiz show, which was cancelled four years ago by ITV. He also hosts The Grand Tour. The new version of the game show is being developed by Sony-owned Stellify Medi…
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Jeremy Clarkson to Host ‘Who Wants to Be a Millionaire’ Anniversary Specials on ITV

Jeremy Clarkson to Host ‘Who Wants to Be a Millionaire’ Anniversary Specials on ITV
Jeremy Clarkson is swapping the high-octane world of fast cars for the high-pressure world of primetime quiz shows. The former “Top Gear” presenter is set to host “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” when the show returns to British screens this spring for a week-long run of special episodes on ITV.

The classic format has contestants answer up to 15 questions as they attempt to win £1 million ($1.4 million). The producers said there would be “new twists and turns” in the 20th anniversary specials, which will be aired over a week.

“I have always loved the show and am thrilled to be involved with its rebirth,
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Unscripted-tv Veteran Ana Mijich Joins UTA (Exclusive)

Ana Mijich has joined United Talent Agency as a New York-based agent in its alternative-tv department. In her new role, Mijich will specialize in the foreign television market, building on her existing knowledge of nonfiction programming in the international space. She will report to Brett Hansen, UTA partner and head of alternative TV.

Mijich most recently spent 13 years at Michael Davies’ company Embassy Row, where she served as head of international development and acquisitions. Following Embassy Row’s acquisition by Sony Pictures Entertainment, Mijich’s transitioned into a role in international development, working closely with Sony Pictures International.

During her time at Embassy Row,
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Soap of the Week Poll (February 26-March 2, 2018)

It is time to vote in our new Soap of the Week reader poll! Vote for the daytime drama, actor, actress and couple that were your favorites this week. In the last poll, General Hospital was voted the favorite show by our readers for the second week in a row. General Hospital's Steve Burton (Jason) and Rebecca Herbst (Elizabeth) were favorite actor and actress, and Days' Will & Sonny were favorite couple.

You can vote for your favorites below (one vote per person per day). This week's poll closes on Wednesday, March 7 at 4 p.m. Et.

Related:

- Lauren Woodland to Visit 'The Young and the Restless' During 45th Anniversary Celebration

- 'General Hospital' Stars Donnell Turner & Laura Wright to Appear on 'Who Wants to Be a Millionaire'

- David Scott Lago & Kelly Kruger Visiting 'The Young and the Restless' During 45th Anniversary Week

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Soap of the Week Poll (February 19-23, 2018)

It is time to vote in our new Soap of the Week reader poll! Vote for the daytime drama, actor, actress and couple that were your favorites this week. In the last poll, General Hospital was voted the favorite show by our readers for the week. General Hospital's Roger Howarth (Franco) and Rebecca Herbst (Elizabeth) were favorite actor and actress, and Gh's Franco & Elizabeth were favorite couple.

You can vote for your favorites below (one vote per person per day). This week's poll closes on Tuesday, February 27 at 4 p.m. Et.

Related:

- Lauren Woodland to Visit 'The Young and the Restless' During 45th Anniversary Celebration

- 'General Hospital' Stars Donnell Turner & Laura Wright to Appear on 'Who Wants to Be a Millionaire'

- David Scott Lago & Kelly Kruger Visiting 'The Young and the Restless' During 45th Anniversary Week

- Gilles Marini
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Clarkson On ‘Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?’; C4 Video Game Order; Danis Tanovic Drama – Global Briefs

The Grand Tour host Jeremy Clarkson is reportedly set to host a remake of gameshow Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? in the UK, four years after it was cancelled by ITV. The show is being developed by Sony-owned production company Stellify Media, which produces the reboot of Blind Date for Channel 5 and recently secured a Jackass-meets-Wipeout gameshow commission for Netflix. Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?, which was originally hosted by Chris Tarrant, previously ran on ITV…
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Judy McGrath Hands Over Reins at Sony-Backed Astronauts Wanted to Michael Davies (Exclusive)

Former MTV Networks CEO Judy McGrath is stepping down from the top role at Astronauts Wanted, the production outfit she formed in partnership with Sony Music Entertainment in 2013.

Astronauts Wanted will part ways with Sony Music and move over to Embassy Row, a production company at Sony Pictures Television where it will continue to operate under the oversight of Michael Davies. McGrath will segue to a new role as an advisor and remain an executive producer on upcoming Astronauts Wanted productions.

“Michael Davies has built a terrific team, brand and business with Embassy Row, and I’m excited to join his venture into scripted content for young adults,” McGrath said in a statement provided to Variety. “We launched Astronauts Wanted with Sony Music Entertainment and I’m happy to stay connected to the Sony family for the next Astronauts adventure.”

Not long after she departed MTV in 2011, McGrath teamed with Sony Music to launch Astronauts Wanted in the
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Chris Harrison Makes Serious Dough From The Bachelor Every Year

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The man behind The Bachelor franchise (and no, we're not talking about Arie Luyendyk Jr. or any of the other bachelors) has been on every single episode since 2002. Chris Harrison has never failed to drop off a date card or let us know when it will be the most dramatic season ever. And you would think that someone with that kind of tenure would make a pretty legit paycheck - and you would be right, but his exact net worth isn't clear. Forbes reported on the world's highest-paid TV hosts in November 2017. Phil McGraw (aka Dr. Phil) tops the chart with $79 million. He's followed by Ellen DeGeneres at $77 million and Ryan Seacrest at $58 million. So where does Harrison fall? Well, he didn't make the list. It only covered hosts who made at least $15 million during a calendar year. Various news outlets have pointed to a 2011 TV Guide article saying that Harrison makes $60,000 per episode.
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TV News Roundup: ‘Queer Eye’ Netflix Reboot Drops First Trailer, Premiere Date (Watch)

In today’s roundup, Netflix announced the premiere date for its “Queer Eye” reboot, and comedian Eddie Griffin is set to premiere a new comedy special on Showtime.

First Looks

Netflix’s reboot of the Emmy-winning reality series “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” launches on Feb. 7. It has been 15 years since the program debuted on Bravo. The new cast includes Antoni Porowski, Bobby Berk, Karamo Brown, Jonathan Van Ness, and Tan France. This season will follow the Fab Five as they form relationships, discuss Lgbtq rights, and share their views on food, fashion, and more. Creator David Collins of Scout Productions will serve as executive producer with partners Michael Williams and Rob Eric. Watch the first trailer below.

Dates

Comedian Eddie Griffin’s new special “Eddie Griffin: Undeniable” premieres on Showtime on Feb. 9 at 10 p.m. Et/Pt, marking Griffin’s 30-year anniversary in comedy. Griffin pays tribute to late comedians Bernie Mac and Charlie Murphy. He also
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Terry Crews Signs With UTA After WME Battle

Terry Crews Signs With UTA After WME Battle
A month after exiting Wme amid a sexual harassment battle, actor Terry Crews has signed with UTA for representation in all areas.

Crews, co-star of Fox’s “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” left Wme in early November after going public with his allegation that he was groped by Wme partner Adam Venit at an industry party in February 2016. He subsequently filed a police report on the incident and is waging a lawsuit against Venit and Wme.

“I have never felt more emasculated, more objectified. I was horrified,” the actor told ABC’s “Good Morning America” last month.

In addition to his acting, Crews is a popular TV host and pitchman. He served stints as host of the syndicated “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire,” Fox’s “World’s Funniest” and the Netflix unscripted series “Ultimate Beastmaster.” He has served as the face of Old Spice for the past eight years, and has an upcoming branded entertainment project with Microsoft for the
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Disney/Fox Deal: How The Battle to Beat Netflix Starts Today, What Happens to the Fox Network, And Other Burning Questions

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Rupert Murdoch is cashing out. The idea of 21st Century Fox being consumed by Disney in a $52.4 billion all-stock deal has shocked Hollywood, where industry players never thought they’d see the powerful Fox behemoth be largely consumed, rather than do the consuming. But as one insider noted, Murdoch is looking toward his final legacy — and turning in his chips while the getting’s good.

“Rupert is 86. He’s looking toward setting up [his family],” one observer said. The industry is rapidly changing, and as the Disney deal currently values the 21st Century Fox assets at more than $66 billion, it’s probably never going to get better than that. Fox shareholders, including the Murdochs, could hold around 25 percent of a new mega-Disney, which will now be supremely positioned to face off with Netflix and other giants in the new media landscape.

The Murdochs got their start in the newspaper business, so it
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The Best Picture Winners of the 21st Century, Ranked from Worst to Best

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The Best Picture Winners of the 21st Century, Ranked from Worst to Best
The 21st century is less than two decades old, but its first batch of Best Picture winners already paint an extraordinary portrait of a world in flux. From a massive historical epic to an intimate digital indies — from a musical that riffs on showbiz standards to period drama that reflects on present crises — these 17 films range from “problematic” to “perfect” and hit all points in between. More than that, they illustrate Hollywood’s evolving definition of greatness, and the relationship between the film industry and the times that forge it.

Read More:2018 Oscar Predictions

Here are the 17 Best Picture winners of the 21st century, ranked from worst to best.

17. “Crash”

Brokeback Mountain” deserved better, but the Academy didn’t know it. Paul Haggis’ painfully obvious ensemble drama about racial prejudices in Los Angeles was a smug, one-note drama designed to make white liberals feel good about themselves. (It took a
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First Look: Dance Trio Cash Cash and Conor Maynard Drop 'All My Love' Music Video

Cash Cash and Conor Maynard released the new dance hit “All My Love” this summer — now the Edm trio and YouTube star are premiering their music video for the track exclusively with People.

In the clip, a woman consoles her lovesick friend with (what else?) ice cream, takeout and a sexy girls’ night in, complete with pizza, burgers and sweets. The Cash Cash guys — Jean Paul Makhlouf, Alex Makhlouf and Sam Frisch — make cameos as delivery boys, while Maynard plays a snubbed suitor.

“All My Love” dropped in July and hit No. 23 on Billboard’s Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart.
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Watch: Chris Harrison on How The Bachelor Inspired New Millionaire Theme Week

Watch: Chris Harrison on How The Bachelor Inspired New Millionaire Theme Week
Chris Harrison Currently Hosts Who Wants To Be A Millionaire – Check Your Local Listings

Come back every day at 8:30 a.m. Est to watch People Now streaming live from Time Inc. headquarters in New York City, and rebroadcast at 11:30 am Est. Get the absolute latest in celebrity news, real-life people stories & the best of fashion and food.

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Will There Be 2 Bachelors This Season? Chris Harrison Responds

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Peter Kraus won’t be handing out the roses on the upcoming season of The Bachelor, but that doesn’t mean fans have seen the last of him.

People Now caught up with Chris Harrison this week, and the longtime franchise host — who is also hosting the 16th season of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire — opened up the decision to cast Arie Luyendyk Jr. as the next leading man instead, revealing Kraus’ Bachelor journey might not be over just yet.

“Peter was a great guy — and by the way, might be a great ,” said Harrison of the 31-year-old Wisconsin native,
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Who Wants to be a Millionaire: Season 16 of Syndicated Game Show Debuts Next Week

Who Wants to be a Millionaire is back. This week, it was announced they syndicated TV show will return with a new season next week.Hosted by Chris Harrison, the long-running game show features contestants from all walks of life who must answer 14 increasingly difficult trivia questions in order to win $1 million.Read More…
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