Extra: DIY Network preps “Philly Revival”; “Wife Swap” lands in Brazil

DIY Network readies Philly Revival Discovery-owned cable channel DIY Network is prepping a series featuring a jill of all trades aiming to renovate Philadelphia’s historic homes. Produced by Chicago’s The Michael Group, ...
January 16, 2019

DIY Network readies Philly Revival

Discovery-owned cable channel DIY Network is prepping a series featuring a jill of all trades aiming to renovate Philadelphia’s historic homes.

Produced by Chicago’s The Michael Group, Philly Revival features former opera singer-turned-general contractor Rachel Street (pictured) as she spruces up centuries-old homes.

In the season premiere, Street salvages the features of 18th- and 19th-century homes, including custom tile murals, stair banisters and marble fireplace mantles. Street then adds modern amenities to the homes, transforming them into unique properties.

Michael Weber serves as executive producer for the show.

Philly Revival premieres Jan. 26 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on DIY Network.

Banijay Rights’ Wife Swap travels to Brazil

Banijay Rights, the distribution arm of Banijay Group, is bringing the reality series format Wife Swap to Brazil.

São Paulo-based prodco Tele Image is currently producing the 11 x 80-minute localized Brazilian format, which is slated to debut on Brazil’s free-to-air commercial television network TV Record next month.

Additional local adaptations are already underway in Australia, the U.S. and Finland.

Wife Swap was recently recommissioned for a third season by BTV in Bulgaria, and a fourth season for TFX in France, while a second season recently aired on Russia’s U Channel.

The format invites two households to swap wives from different backgrounds for two weeks. The women must adapt to parenting, socializing and running the household according to the other wife’s rules. In the second week, the swapped wives get to run the households as she sees fit. The wives and their spouses eventually hold a joint meeting where they judge each other’s life choices and their impact on the family.

Originally produced by RDF Television for UK’s Channel 4, Wife Swap has been adapted in 27 countries.

Great Pacific Media elevates Wendy McKernan 

Wendy McKernan has been upped to VP at Great Pacific Media.

In her new position, McKernan, who joined the company in 2012, will oversee all facets of production for Great Pacific’s factual and lifestyle programming. In addition, McKernan will work within a team at parent company Thunderbird that is focused on developing fact-based events into scripted projects.

McKernan’s credits include Airshow, Highway Thru Hell and its spin-off, Heavy Rescue: 401. Most recently, she served as a producer on the eighth season of Highway Thru Hell.

The appointment follows the news that long-time exec Alexandra Raffé has stepped down as Thunderbird Entertainment’s SVP of scripted production to launch her own prodco.

From Playback Daily

Former BBC exec Jackie Edwards to head BFI Fund

The British Film Institute (BFI) has appointed former BBC exec Jackie Edwards as head of its Young Audiences Content Fund (YACF).

Edwards will work on the final design and implementation of the fund when she joins the BFI in February. Based out of Leeds, she will report to BFI deputy CEO, Ben Roberts.

Before joining the BFI, Edwards held the position of BBC’s head of children’s acquisitions and independent animation since 2015.

The YACF serves as a youth-focused, government-backed pilot program aimed at delivering high-quality content for children and young audiences that will broadcast on British public service broadcasters and platforms.

The fund aims to help foster the creation of content for children and young audiences that “entertains, informs and reflects their experiences of growing up across the UK today.” It will also support original programming across live-action and animation, and genres including education, arts and culture, factual, fiction and drama, and religion.

For more information on the Young Audiences Content Fund and how to apply, click here.

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Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.