Paige Davis returns to TLC’s Trading Spaces
Paige Davis, the original host of home design series Trading Spaces, is returning for its new season, slated to air in 2018.
Davis (pictured) served as host of the show for several seasons during its original iteration, helping guide homeowners and designers through their reno journeys.
Trading Spaces is produced by Endemol Shine North America subsidiary Authentic Entertainment and is based on the Endemol Shine UK format Changing Rooms for UK pubcaster BBC.
Pact boosts exports focus, appoints export ambassadors
British producers association Pact UK has appointed four industry export ambassadors to help form its export strategy, identify global trends and key markets and build future resources to help their membership grow internationally.
The ambassadors include Denman Rooke, executive chairman October Films; David Flynn, co-founder, Youngest Media; Maartje Horchner, international EVP of acquisitions, all3media; and Tom Brisely, creative director with Arrow Media.
In May, Denman visited China to run a workshop in Nanjing to discuss global content with Chinese broadcasters and producers and returned to China with Pact in June to attend the Shanghai TV Festival.
According to a release, Youngest Media is developing a strong export strategy and their dating show Game of Clones, just sold as a format in France.
All3media’s Horchner has been involved in a variety of Pact industry working groups, including the export accelerator launch and tour in the UK which helped advise companies on creating export strategies and how to get more from distribution.
Brisley recently joined Pact in China to run a workshop on internalizing factual programming. He returned to China with Pact in June to attend the Shanghai TV Festival.
In 2016, Pact launched its export accelerator initiative which asked indies to pledge to double their exports by 2020.
“Exporting should be a priority and play a key part in all business, regardless of size, shape or structure — we are no longer a domestic industry, we are a global industry,” said Dawn McCarthy-Simpson, Pact‘s director of international development, in a statement.
ELEAGUE heads to TBS with Road To The International Dota 2 Championships
Turner and IMG’s premium esports tournament ELEAGUE is heading to TBS with the new series Road To The International Dota 2 Championships.
The four-episode series produced by ELEAGUE will follow professional players and teams vying for esports’ largest prize: over US$21-million.
The series begins by focusing on team life, as the best players in the world train for one of the most prestigious events in esports: The International (Dota 2). In later episodes, the series will explore teams’ experiences, triumphs and failures during the tournament.
Road To The International Dota 2 Championships is slated to air Aug. 4 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on TBS.
Channel 4 airs Bear About the House: Living With My Supersized Pet
UK pubcaster Channel 4 will air a new documentary that looks at the exotic and potentially dangerous animals that owners choose to have as family pets.
Bear About the House: Living With My Supersized Pet (1×60) explores the unusual relationship between owners and their pets, including a bear, crocodile and a one-ton buffalo.
Director Ross Haley uncovers the reasons why owners choose such extraordinary or dangerous animals.
Commissioned by Channel 4′s factual entertainment commissioning executive Lucy Leveugle and made by Barcroft Productions, this exclusive commission for C4 is executive produced by Sam Barcroft, Peter Wyles and Nina Davies.