Extra: Japan gets “Gogglebox,” 44 Blue hires casting exec

In today's 'Extra,' Japan's NHK commissions a local version of Studio Lambert's Gogglebox format (pictured), and Hillary Smotherman joins 44 Blue Productions as director of casting.
March 30, 2016

NHK orders Japanese version of Gogglebox

Japanese broadcaster NHK has aired a pilot based on distributor All3Media International’s Gogglebox format, which was originally produced by Studio Lambert for the UK’s Channel 4. In March, the network aired a pilot (pictured) on its main channel to commemorate the 90th anniversary of NHK’s first broadcast. Meanwhile, Mongolia’s Mongol TV is launching a local version (13 x 60 minutes) of the format this spring following a consultancy period with All3Media International. Gogglebox puts cameras in people’s homes as they comment on the best and worst television of the week. More than 30 local versions of the series have been produced globally.

Smotherman joins Wahlburgers producer 44 Blue as director of casting

44 Blue Productions has hired casting producer Hillary Smotherman as director of casting. Previously a casting producer for the company, her credits include Style’s Split Ends, OWN’s Married to the Army and E!’s Hollywood Medium with Tyler Henry. She will continue to work on 44 Blue’s Nightwatch docuseries for A&E, as well as two new series for Oxygen and Fuse and pilots and development projects for other cable networks. The company’s slate includes Wahlburgers, Donnie Loves Jenny and Rock and a Hard Place.

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