Hofmann tapped as sole CEO of UFA Group
Bauer is stepping in after 27 years in charge of UFA, and will continue to work with the company as a consultant. He will focus his talents as a producer on the development and production of high-quality film and television projects.
Hofmann will become sole CEO of the German film and television prodco following a two-year transitional period. He will be responsible for all operations and units within UFA, including UFA Show & Factual. In addition, he will work closely alongside FremantleMedia’s global network, including its global production units, and licensing and sales operations.
Hofmann continues to report into Cecile Frot-Coutaz, CEO of FremantleMedia Group, and will remain on FremantleMedia’s operating board.
Talpa sends two formats to China
Chinese prodco 3C Media has secured the co-development rights to docuformats The Story of My Life and Around the World with 80 Year Olds from Netherlands-based Talpa Media.
The Story of My Life features celebrity couples as they embark on a time-travel journey into the future. Professional make-up artists will age each couple 25 and 50 years to determine what they think and how they will react to seeing their loved one age. China marks the 10th country to exploit the talk show-makeover hybrid series since its launch at MIPCOM last year. It has previously been picked up by RTL Group-owned German channel Vox, Russian broadcaster Channel One and Latvian broadcaster Media 360.
Around the World with 80 Year Olds, meanwhile, follows eight senior citizens who have never traveled as they embark on a trip around the world.
ITVS GE, TVNZ reup first look deal
ITV Studios Global Entertainment, the international distribution arm for ITV Studios, has renewed its output deal with New Zealand pubcaster TVNZ.
Under the extended multi-year deal, which renews next year, TVNZ will continue to have first look across all ITVS GE genres including entertainment, fact-ent and documentaries.
The deal was negotiated by Camelia Mowbray ITVS GE’s sales exec for New Zealand and Japan.
“This latest renewal in the Asia Pacific region shows once again that our extensive global catalog remains extremely popular,” said Augustus Dulgaro, EVP for Asia Pacific at ITV Studios Global Entertainment & chief operating officer at ITV Studios Australia, in a statement.