Skin Is In
GSN Renews "Skin Wars" for
From the Hollywood Reporter
GSN is betting on more Skin
On the heels of a strong summer ratings performance, the
cable network has renewed the body-painting competition
series for a 10-episode second season.
Rebecca Romijn returns as host, along with judges RuPaul
Charles, Craig Tracy and Robin Slonina.
Skin Wars, which wrapped its freshman run Sept. 24,
delivered the highest-rated finale for GSN to date. And
over the course of the season, the series boosted the
network’s performance among female demos by double
digits and nearly doubled viewership in its Wednesday
time period. It also had a weekly digital after-show,
Skin Wars: The Naked Truth, hosted by YouTube star and
makeup expert Kandee Johnson.
“We are thrilled that young audiences tuned in to
witness the astonishing work of these contestants,” said
Amy Introcaso-Davis, executive vp programming at GSN.
“Skin Wars represents GSN’s commitment to celebrate
artistry through skill-based competition and we cannot
wait for viewers to see what we have in store for them
with season two.”
Skin Wars is executive produced by Michael Levitt, Jill
Goularte and Romijn. Tracy and Slonina are producers.
GSN’s original programming portfolio includes Idiotest,
The American Bible Challenge, the Jerry Springer-hosted
Baggage on the Road and the recently renewed It Takes a
Church and The Chase.
Syndies: Back in
Results for the Week Ending
From TV by the Numbers
Judge Judy was the top
regular weekday syndicated program in Household ratings
for the 26th consecutive week and also won with total
viewers for the week ending September 21, 2014.
Most of the veteran game shows made their season bows.
CTD’s Wheel of Fortune opened with a 6.3, up 9% for the
week and down 2% from last year at this time. CTD’s
Jeopardy! buzzed in with a 6.1, up 7% from the previous
week and 5% from last year. Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud
posted a 5.1, picking up 2% for the week and 11% from
one year ago. Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to be a
Millionaire, with new host Terry Crews, dropped 5% from
premiere and 14% from last year to a 1.9.
by the Numbers
Monday: NBC Back in
CBS Takes Total Viewers
From the Futon Critic
Week two of the 2014-15
season kicked off with NBC (12.045 million viewers, #3;
adults 18-49: 3.5, #1) still on top thanks to new
episodes of "The Voice" (12.740 million viewers, #3;
adults 18-49: 3.9, #2) and "The Blacklist" (10.655
million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 2.8, #T5).
CBS (12.304 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.9, #2)
then claimed the silver with a new "The Big Bang Theory"
(16.177 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.7, #1)
followed by a repeat "The Big Bang Theory" (12.317
million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 3.1, #3), a new
"Scorpion" (13.229 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49:
3.0, #4) and the return of "NCIS: Los Angeles" (9.435
million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T8).
Next up was FOX (6.216 million viewers, #4; adults
18-49: 2.3, #3) with originals from "Gotham" (7.330
million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 2.8, #T5) and "Sleepy
Hollow" (5.102 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.7,
Meanwhile, ABC (12.214 million viewers, #2; adults
18-49: 2.1, #4) served up a new "Dancing with the Stars"
(12.690 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T8) and
the season premiere of "Castle" (11.263 million viewers,
#6; adults 18-49: 2.4, #7).
And finally, The CW (0.914 million viewers, #5; adults
18-49: 0.3, #5) offered up its annual presentation of "iHeartRadio
Music Festival, Night 1" (0.914 million viewers, #11;
adults 18-49: 0.3, #11).
At midnight, Comedy Central's "@midnight" attracted
On Sunday, Food Network rated thusly...
- 8p: Guy's Grocery Games - 1.078 million
- 9p: The Great Food Truck Race (finale) - 1.391 million
- 10p: Cutthroat Kitchen - 1.194 million
TV by the Numbers
Elisabeth Murdoch to
"MasterChef" Producer Will Not
Oversee Three-Way Merger
From Sydney Morning Herald
Elisabeth Murdoch will walk
away from the TV production empire she built when the
planned merger between her Shine Group and two other
companies, Endemol and Core Media, is finalized.
The 46-year-old daughter of media titan Rupert Murdoch
launched Shine in 2001 and has remained in charge of it
for the last two years since its acquisition by 21st
Century Fox - then News Corp - in 2011 for $US675
million ($772 million).
Once the merger is finalized, the younger Murdoch will
step down and former BSkyB content executive Sophie
Turner Laing will assume the title of chief executive
The merged entity will be the biggest production company
in the world.
It will also control some of the most successful
television programming in the world, including Shine's
formats MasterChef, The Biggest Loser and The Face.
Endemol's program library includes the Big Brother
format at the game show Deal or No Deal. Core owns the
reality formats American Idol and So You Think You Can
The content controlled by the Shine-Endemol-Core merged
entity is, however, top heavy with reality formats. The
companies are less productive in the realm of scripted
Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "A Model's Life"
- Gwendolyn Osborne-Smith
moves to TBS for "The Smiths" (...
- Ashley Hebert gives
birth to Bachelorette baby (Us
- "Billy the Board"
goes to Cannes (World
- Craig Ferguson plays
Wichita November 14 (The
- VIDEO WALL: Alex
Trebek... has a brainfart (YouTube)
The Biggest Loser Turns
NBC Plans Month-Long
From the Futon Critic
October will mark the
10-year anniversary month of NBC's popular series "The
Biggest Loser," celebrating over 33,000 pounds lost in
the first 15 seasons of the show. Including the season
16 contestants on the current edition, "The Biggest
Loser: Glory Days" (airing Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET on
NBC), the series has helped 310 contestants dramatically
transform their health and their lives. The series moves
to one-hour episodes starting October 2.
From the heaviest contestant (Michael Ventrella, season
9) weighing 526 pounds, who lost the highest percentage
of weight his season to win the grand prize of $250,000,
to the oldest player (Jerry Hayes, season 7) who at age
63, won the at-home, eliminated contestant prize of
$100,000, the contestants have proven that no obstacle
is too great in learning how to live a healthy
lifestyle. Since the series premiere in October of 2004,
"The Biggest Loser" has also sparked four marriages and
two engagements among contestants who fell in love while
going through their weight loss journeys.
As part of the anniversary celebration during the month
of October, host Alison Sweeney and trainers Bob Harper,
Dolvett Quince, Jessie Pavelka and Jennifer Widerstrom
will be live tweeting along with fan favorite, past
season contestants during episodes of "The Biggest
Loser: Glory Days." Viewers can join the social
conversation and follow along using #BL10years. The
current season features all former athletes, ranging
from former NFL players to Olympic gold medalists to
athletes who were standouts in high school and college.
PEOPLE will also be hosting a "where are they now" photo
gallery on their website, www.People.com, featuring
current photos and updates from popular past season
"The Biggest Loser"
celebrates its 10th anniversary
Friday: Sharks vs. Race
ABC, CBS Split Night
From the Futon Critic
ABC (6.903 million viewers,
#2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) was the demo champ on Friday
thanks to the return of "Shark Tank" (6.884 million
viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T2), a second hour of
"Shark Tank" (7.387 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49:
2.0, #1) and "20/20" (6.439 million viewers, #6; adults
18-49: 1.6, #T2).
CBS (8.363 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T2)
then was the most-watched network with the respective
premieres of "The Amazing Race" (5.519 million viewers,
#7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #7), "Hawaii Five-0" (8.930
million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #5) and "Blue
Bloods" (10.639 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2,
Next up was NBC (6.166 million viewers, #3; adults
18-49: 1.2, #T2) with a rebroadcast of "The Mysteries of
Laura" (4.768 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7,
#T8) and a new two-hour "Dateline NBC" (6.865 million
viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.4, #4).
Meanwhile, FOX (2.178 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49:
0.7, #4) served up a new "Utopia" (1.859 million
viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8) and an "Gotham"
(2.497 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8)
And finally, a new "Masters of Illusion" (1.102 million
viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11) led into repeats
of "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.902 million viewers,
#12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11) and "America's Next Top
Model" (0.594 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2,
#13) on The CW (0.798 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49:
The Futon Critic
More on "Food Truck
Catch It on Food Thursday!
From New York Post
One-time “The Bachelor” star
Jesse Palmer says his new hosting gig on Food Network’s
“Food Truck Face Off” is a far cry from his experience
on the dating show a decade ago.
“This is obviously a completely different genre versus
what I did in 2004,” says Palmer, laughing. “There’s a
lot of heat in this show — but it’s confined to the
That said, the current ESPN college football analyst
thinks there’s plenty of drama and heartache on “Face
Off,” which premieres at 8 p.m. Thursday.
“There’s a lot of emotion,” he says. “It’s the ultimate
reality television — there’s no doubt about it.”
On “Face Off,” two-person teams create and sell
street-friendly fare in a competition to win a
customized food truck for one year. A panel of judges
rates the taste, service and presentation of the teams’
cuisines, which range from Southern-fried to vegetarian
In a final showdown, competitors face off to raise the
most money — and thereby win their coveted vehicle —
alongside other already-established food trucks in
cities including Miami, LA, Austin, Texas, and Palmer’s
hometown of Toronto, Canada.
“I think people think it’s an easy thing — just no
stress, that you’re laughing, having a good time in the
kitchen with your buddy,” says Palmer, a 2001-04
quarterback for the New York Giants. “It could not have
been more the opposite.”
Contestants come from a variety of backgrounds and
levels of expertise. Whether they’re seasoned restaurant
chefs or amateur cooks armed with family recipes, they
must juggle an intense mix of challenges, including long
lines of impatient customers, supply shortages,
technical issues (like suddenly non-functioning propane
stoves) and flavor-starved recipes that turn off the
“It becomes pretty obvious how important winning this
thing is to them and how it can change their lives. But
the challenges they had to go through were very
physically, very emotionally taxing,” he says. “It
sounds cliché, but blood, sweat and tears — all of those
things were shed on this show.”
More on "Canada's
Catch It on CBC Sundays!
From CBC News
Intelligence is about more
than IQ tests and final exams—at least that’s what Jessi
Cruickshank is out to prove as the host of CBC’s new
series, Canada’s Smartest Person.
The 9-part season will see 32 of Canada’s brightest
minds go head-to-head in a series of challenging tests
until only one person remains.
"The challenges we're making these people do are kind of
out of control," said Cruickshank. "We're taking it all
over the map and that's what makes it so fun."
Unlike average quiz shows, Cruickshank says Canada’s
Smartest Person throws out old theories of determining
intelligence. Instead, the competition breaks things
down into six major facets: linguistic, visual, musical,
social, logical and physical.
To truly be 'smart', contestants must be well-rounded
and have a little bit of intelligence in each category.
"It's a whole new way of measuring intelligence. And for
us, it's a really fun way of measuring it," said
The challenges will cover everything from a lie detector
test to an electronic dance challenge to a motivational
speech, where contestants must convince a peewee hockey
team to get up and get inspired to win.
DEAL! for 10th Season
Noel Edmonds' Version of the
World-Famous Game Renewed
From Bristol Post
Hit Bristol TV show Deal Or
No Deal has been commissioned for a 10th series.
The Noel Edmonds-fronted game show where contestants pit
their wits against the mysterious banker has been a
mainstay of Channel 4’s daytime offering for nearly a
Last year it moved from the Paintworks to the Bottle
Yard in Hengrove, the former bottling plant which has
been turned into a film studios.
The show’s latest commission will run through to the end
of 2015, marking its 10th anniversary on UK television.
The deal will see Remarkable Television, part of Endemol,
produce 288 new episodes for Channel 4, bringing the
total number to nearly 3,000.
BBC Studios and Post Production transformed a
3,000-square metre section of the Bottle Yard site into
a permanent home for the show in 2013.
Fiona Francombe, site director of The Bottle Yard
Studios said: “We are delighted to have confirmation of
Deal or No Deal’s recommission.
“The flexibility of the space we have here meant that
BBC Studios and Post Production were able to build an
entirely bespoke studio, which has proven to be a huge
success, meeting all of the production’s needs.
“We love having the show on-site and its fantastic news
that it will now run into its tenth year on our TV
David Conway, acting CEO of BBC Studios and Post
Production, added: “We are excited to be supporting
another series of Deal or No Deal from The Bottle Yard
Studios and providing fully managed studio services once
“Being able to design and build the production
facilities from scratch last year, meant we could work
with Remarkable Television to create facilities that
were tailored to their production needs.
“For us as a media company, Bristol continues to be a
fantastic city to work in. We have an excellent
partnership with the Bottle Yard Studios and are very
much open to offering bespoke, studio services to other
clients from this location.”
Deal or No Deal first launched on Channel 4 in the UK in
2005. Since the show began over £39 million has been
paid out in prize money to over 2,650 contestants.
Monday Lightning Round
... or "Not My Circus"
- Craig Ferguson never
wanted David Letterman's chair (People)
- Chris Soules begins
filming his "Bachelor" season (Christian
- Jeff Probst
is asking for one-liners. Time to play "What's My Zinger!" (Twitter
- LIST ABUSE: 100
people surveyed, top 14 answers on the board. Name a "Family
Feud" question that has given Steve Harvey conniptions (Hitfix)
- Sophia Bush in
regards to a "Jeopardy!" clue... socially just or just
"social justice warrior"? (Empty
- YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*!
UP! not a fan of Donald Trump? Sick of him pretending to
run for president? Congratulations! You were born (screwed)
- NSFW for language)
- Wolfgang Puck not a
big fan of the "Top Chef" (The
The Second Wizard War
Syfy Picks Up Freshman Summer
From the Futon Critic
Syfy has ordered six
additional one-hour episodes of its exciting competition
series, Wizard Wars. The series challenges bright and
innovative young magicians to impress judges Penn &
Teller with mind-blowing, original magic using only a
random assortment of everyday objects. The series is
expected to return in January 2015, showcasing magicians
from Chicago, Philadelphia, Las Vegas and more.
Wizard Wars debuted August 19 to over one million Live
+SD total viewers tuning in, growing substantially in
the timeslot from previous weeks and year-to-year. In
Live +7, the premiere grew to 1.3 million total viewers.
Wizard Wars' first season so far ranks as Syfy's #1 new
unscripted series this year among males. The series has
also demonstrated success on Friday nights with its most
recent encore showing at 10 p.m. ET/PT (Sept. 5) earning
1.1 million total viewers and growing from that week's
Thursday: How To Get
Away With Thursday
All-Shonda Rhimes Lineup Wins
Night for ABC by Less Than 1M
From the Futon Critic
CBS (11.859 million viewers,
#2; adults 18-49: 4.2, #1) held onto the demo crown on
Thursday with its presentation of "Thursday Night
Football Pre-Game" (8.450 million viewers, #5; adults
18-49: 2.7, #5) and "Thursday Night Football" (12.541
million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 4.5, #1).
ABC (11.900 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.5, #2)
then was the most-watched network with the return of
"Grey's Anatomy" (9.776 million viewers, #4; adults
18-49: 3.0, #4) and "Scandal" (11.916 million viewers,
#3; adults 18-49: 3.8, #T2) followed by the launch of
"How to Get Away with Murder" (14.007 million viewers,
#1; adults 18-49: 3.8, #T2).
Next up was NBC (4.399 million viewers, #3; adults
18-49: 1.3, #3) with a new "The Biggest Loser" (4.467
million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.3, #8) and the
season premiere of "Parenthood" (4.262 million viewers,
#8; adults 18-49: 1.4, #7).
Meanwhile, FOX (4.342 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49:
1.1, #4) offered up the season opener to "Bones" (6.218
million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.6, #6) alongside a
rebroadcast of "Sleepy Hollow" (2.466 million viewers,
#9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #9).
And finally, repeats of "The Vampire Diaries" (0.641
million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10) and "The
Originals" (0.568 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49:
0.2, #T10) on The CW (0.604 million viewers, #5; adults
18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night.
On cable, "Project Runway" was the top game with 2.238
million. "@midnight" ended the week with 635,000. "Beat
Bobby Flay" garnered 761,000. "Snack-Off" is ready for
the check with 410,000.
Tug Is War
Israeli Format Heads to Global
From World Screen
Global Agency and Israel's
TV Format Fund are bringing the new game-show format TUG
out to the worldwide market.
The format was created by July August Productions
together with Michael Rothschild. Global Agency has the
exclusive distribution rights. TUG features a game of
tug-of-war. In this game, however, it takes brains
instead of muscle. Two teams of three will go head to
head in a tug-of-war of knowledge. They stand on moving
platforms on top of a money tree on the stage. The
members will then take turns in a trivia-based
Izzet Pinto, the CEO of Global Agency, said: “We are
delighted to partner with TV Format Fund on TUG. They
made a big impression to enter the market last year to
bridge the gap between the television industry and the
world of business finance by producing and re-casting
export-worthy television formats. Israel is one of the
world’s most innovative and creative markets; we are
happy that TV Format Fund has been one of our strong
partners in this region."
"I believe they have all made the right choice by
working with Global Agency," said Rothschild. "As a
worldwide distributor, we offer an outstanding
opportunity to spread the project to many territories.
In addition, the show's authenticity makes it a perfect
acquisition opportunity for us. We can’t wait to present
it to our customers at MIPCOM.”
Nir Shichvager, executive associate and project manager
of TV Format Fund, said: “TV Format Fund is a financial
body that invests in television formats. At the Fund we
welcome and encourage international cooperation, as we
believe that through joining forces internationally we
can leverage each format we invest in, and help it to
reach new and diverse territories and markets. The Fund
strives to maximize the potential of each and every
Happy Friday! Lightning Round
... or "America"
- "Shark Tank", now in
its sixth season, becomes the most American Japanese import
since the Camry (Grantland)
- Randy Jackson's been
voted out of his wife's life.... dawg (TMZ)
- An "American Ninja
Warrior" (the second-most American Japanese import since
the Camry) speaks to a class (WAFF
- Okay, Gwen Stefani...
what is the name of Miranda Lambert's husband AND your
fellow coach? (Reality
- Ben Gleib is a
longtime game show fan. The words "Press Your Luck" come up
a lot during this interview (The
- Todd Newton returns
to KC to host the Mid-America Emmys (Kansas
- Alexander Armstrong &
Richard Osman make a pointless trip to a bookstore next
- LIST ABUSE: 8 game
shows that were really. REALLY. Bad. #3 is a long-runner. (HLN)
- A FEW GOOD MINUTES with
Terry Crews (Rolling
Stone), who says that he could've been in Ray Rice's
shoes if not for a twist of fate (The
Number 1... for 28
CBS Daytime Breaks Its Own
From TV by the Numbers
CBS Daytime ended the
2013-2014 broadcast year #1 for the 28th consecutive
year with LET'S MAKE A DEAL and The Talk both finishing
with their largest audiences ever, while THE PRICE IS
RIGHT, The Bold AND THE BEAUTIFUL and THE YOUNG AND The
Restless delivered their largest audiences in years,
according to Nielsen most current ratings for the
2013-2014 television year.
· LET'S MAKE A DEAL 1 averaged 2.93 million viewers and
LET'S MAKE A DEAL 2 averaged 3.39m viewers, both up +9%
from a year ago to series bests.
· THE PRICE IS RIGHT 1 averaged 4.83m viewers,
increasing +8% and delivering its largest audience since
2004-2005. Meanwhile, THE PRICE IS RIGHT 2, daytime's #1
program, averaged 5.60m viewers, was up +5%, marking its
largest audience since 2006-2007.
by the Numbers
Wednesday: The End and
CBS, NBC Split Night. Again
From the Futon Critic
CBS (8.316 million viewers,
#2; adults 18-49: 2.6, #1) was the network to beat on
Wednesday thanks to the 90-minute premiere of "Survivor:
San Juan del Sur" (9.648 million viewers, #5; adults
18-49: 2.7, #3) followed by the 90-minute finale of "Big
Brother 16" (6.983 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49:
ABC (7.897 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.4, #2)
then claimed the silver with its premiere mix of "The
Middle" (7.392 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 2.1,
#T6), "The Goldbergs" (6.969 million viewers, #9; adults
18-49: 2.3, #5), "Modern Family" (10.935 million
viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.7, #1), "Black-ish" (10.794
million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.3, #2) and
"Nashville" (5.647 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49:
Next up was NBC (9.475 million viewers, #1; adults
18-49: 1.9, #3) with week two of "The Mysteries of
Laura" (9.874 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5,
#T9) followed by the return of "Law & Order: Special
Victims Unit" (10.098 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49:
2.1, #T6) and "Chicago PD" (8.454 million viewers, #6;
adults 18-49: 1.9, #8).
Meanwhile, FOX (3.525 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49:
1.2, #4) served up originals from "Hell's Kitchen"
(3.665 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.3, #11) and
"Red Band Society" (3.385 million viewers, #12; adults
18-49: 1.0, #12).
And finally, the season finale of "Penn & Teller: Fool
Us" (1.510 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #13)
and a repeat "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.382 million
viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #14) closed out the
evening on The CW (1.446 million viewers, #5; adults
18-49: 0.5, #5).
On cable, "@midnight" logged in 658,000. "The Ultimate
Fighter" brought in 433,000.
The Hub: 2010-2014
Discovery Takes Majority
Stake, Will Rebrand "Family Game Night" Network
From TV by the Numbers
(NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) and Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ:
HAS) today announced The Hub Network will become
Discovery Family Channel effective October 13, 2014. The
network will broaden its programming focus to serve
families in primetime and continue to showcase Hasbro
Studios award-winning children’s content in daytime.
During the daytime, Discovery Family Channel will offer
a robust line up of brand new Hasbro Studios’ series as
well as beloved library programming, including MY LITTLE
PONY, LITTLEST PET SHOP and TRANSFORMERS RESCUE BOTS,
while during primetime, the network will serve a growing
family audience that began to develop under The Hub
Network. Primetime programming will draw from
Discovery’s three decades of leadership in creating the
highest-quality, real-world content that appeals to the
entire family in the Natural History, Adventure, Animals
and Science genres. Initial series will include
SUPERHUMAN, TIME WARP, Flying Wild Alaska, AFRICA and
EXTREME ENGINEERING: BIGGEST REVEALS.
“The next chapter of our collaboration will harness the
incredible content strengths of both Discovery and
Hasbro to program Discovery Family Channel with
highly-rated award-winning storytelling around Hasbro’s
brands and Discovery’s most popular non-fiction shows
that appeal to both children and families alike,” said
Hasbro President & CEO Brian Goldner. “Discovery
Communications has a nearly 30-year track record of
building television brands that create maximum value for
advertisers and distributors through their world-class
raft of programming and we look forward to evolving this
Under the executive management of Group President Henry
Schleiff, Tom Cosgrove will assume the role of general
manager of Discovery Family Channel and will manage all
network operations and programming, working closely with
the Hasbro Studios team as the new channel will
prominently feature Hasbro Studios-produced content in
daytime. Schleiff has overseen the successful turnaround
and growth of several networks within the Discovery
portfolio. Previously, Cosgrove served as executive vice
president and chief operating officer of Discovery
Channel and Science Channel and has held senior
leadership positions at ABC Family, Fox Family, Fox Kids
and TV Guide Channel prior to his time at Discovery.
Most recently, he led 3net and 3net Studios.
“Hasbro is a world-class company with franchises and
characters that appeal to kids and families around the
world. They have been terrific partners over the past
several years as we developed our kids television
audience in the U.S., and we look forward to a continued
strong collaboration as we evolve to the Discovery
Family Channel together,” said Discovery Communications
President & CEO, David Zaslav. “Henry’s proficiency in
developing and growing strong brands combined with Tom’s
experience on Discovery’s flagship brand and deep
background in family programming make for a perfect
leadership team to drive the network toward future
The repositioning to Discovery Family Channel builds
upon Discovery’s ongoing strategy to maximize its
portfolio of channels to satisfy viewers and drive value
for distributors and advertisers, while working
alongside quality content partners to create long-term
value. The Hub Network has grown from nearly 56 million
homes in 2010 to approximately 70 million U.S. homes
today. Since launch, the strong performance of Hasbro
children’s content helped lift the network’s total day
P2-11 delivery by +89% and for the past three years, The
Hub Network has consistently been the most co-viewed
children’s cable network among kids 2-11 watching with
adults 18-49--a trend the partners plan to continue with
“Brian and I want to thank the entire team at The Hub
Network for their passion and dedication in building
this brand over the past five years,” added Zaslav.
“They are a fantastic group of executives, guided by a
tremendously creative and inspiring leader in Margaret
Loesch. We are grateful for their work in creating a
channel of which Discovery and Hasbro have been
Discovery Family Channel will continue as a joint
venture of Discovery Communications and Hasbro, with
Discovery Communications taking a 60% ownership position
in the new channel and Hasbro’s stake decreasing to 40%.
The network will be consolidated and managed under the
Discovery portfolio of networks.
by the Numbers
Big Picture Show
Armoza Format Heads to MIPCOM
From World Screen
Talpa Global and Israel's A
Cappella have entered into a partnership regarding the
representation of the game show The Big Picture in the
The show is created by TV host and renowned mentalist
Nimrod Harel and A Cappella. It sees studio players get
the chance to win big money by correctly answering 12
picture-based questions. If a player is unsure of the
answer, he can enlist help from a connected player
selected from among those viewers playing along at home
in real time via The Big Picture App. The technology
will enable the connected player to have their image
show on the TV screen in studio, and they too will get a
shot at winning an amount of the total prize money.
“Although we rarely enter into partnerships on
third-party formats, we made an exception with A
Cappella as we believe The Big Picture is such a unique
connected format that’s going to change the perception
of the game show," said Maarten Meijs, the managing
director of Talpa Global.
Meijs added: "It isn’t a show with an app, it’s a show
that is an app. We have a lot of experience with digital
extensions, such as the multiplatform project Utopia,
and What Do I Know?!, which is offered with an
integrated live play-along app. So we’re technically
ready to launch the first game show in which the viewer,
by using the special Big Picture app, is actually able
to participate on the TV program on-screen in real time
and win big money.”
Einat Shamir, the CEO of A Cappella, commented: “Talpa
is highly experienced in successfully rolling out
formats internationally, and is focused on connected
formats and extending brands to other platforms. The Big
Picture is a game changer and we believe this format
will become the benchmark to how game shows will
interact with their audiences wherever they might be.
After all, the audience at home wants to be an active
participant and influence what they watch on the screen
in real time, and The Big Picture enhances the viewing
habits of our audience, allowing its viewers to take
home the cash prize from the comfort of their couch.
We’re convinced our partnership aimed at taking The Big
Picture all over the world will be a successful one. "
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