Museum of Me wins Formagination competition
Israeli screenwriter Shiri Zuck’s (pictured, right) Museum of Me has won the seventh annual Armoza Formats-hosted format competition Formagination, which looks to create an “international launching pad” for Israeli creativity.
The dating format received the first place prize of a development and distribution contract with Armoza Formats and up to US$25,000 to produce the format.
Taking the competition’s runner-up prize were Shaul Betser and Hila Bashan for their coaching series Chill. The pair will also receive a scholarship to the International Entertainment Master Class seminar. Meanwhile, Daniella Doron received the people’s vote for her studio entertainment format Freeze.
Formagination finalists presented their format in front of a panel of international judges, including Fabrizio Battocchio, Mediaset Italy’s head of formats; Bence Trunkó, creative director at Paprika Latino Hungary; Lisa Shiloach Uzrad, head of TV at Israel’s Public Broadcaster Corporation; Mira Geshel, content manager at Israel Export Institute; and Avi Armoza, CEO of Armoza Formats.
BBC Earth to launch in Greece
In a joint venture between BBC Worldwide and OTE Group’s pay-TV service Cosmote TV, factual entertainment channel BBC Earth is launching in Greece.
Anchoring the channel’s launch will be the blue-chip oceanic series Blue Planet II, alongside such landmark programming as Astronauts: Toughest Job in the Universe, Life Below Zero, The Hunt and The Weirdest Weathers of the Universe.
All programming on the commercial-free network will be subtitled into the local language.
BBC Earth will offer Greek audiences natural history and science content from BBC Worldwide, featuring the work of some of the world’s foremost factual filmmakers.
BBC Earth will roll out on Cosmote TV beginning Oct. 1.
TLC’s Trading Spaces names design cast
Joining host Paige Davis will be alumni designers Doug Wilson, Carter Oosterhouse, Frank Bielec, Genevieve Gorder, Hildi Santo-Tomas, Laurie Smith, Ty Pennington and Vern Yip.
New faces will include design experts and carpenters Brett Tutor, Joanie Sprague, John Gidding, Kahi Lee and Sabrina Soto.
The design team will use a small renovation budget to help neighbors redecorate and transform a room in each other’s home.
The series 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.
Trading Spaces is slated to broadcast on TLC in Spring 2018.