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Extra: “The Masked Singer” heads to Mexico; TCB inks deal with Viasat World

Televisa, Endemol Shine Boomdog send The Masked Singer to Mexico Televisa Studios and Endemol Shine Boomdog are co-producing a Mexican adaptation of breakout format The Masked Singer (pictured). The Masked Singer features celebs competing ...
April 8, 2019

Televisa, Endemol Shine Boomdog send The Masked Singer to Mexico

Televisa Studios and Endemol Shine Boomdog are co-producing a Mexican adaptation of breakout format The Masked Singer (pictured).

The Masked Singer features celebs competing against one another in a singing competition. But there’s a twist: each singer is cloaked, head to toe, in an elaborate costume to conceal their identity.

With each performance, the host, panelists, audience, viewers and even the other contestants are left trying to identify the singer behind the mask. Each week, one singer is eliminated, revealing who was behind the mask as the series progresses.

The format was licensed from Mun Hwa Broadcasting Corp. (MBC) in South Korea.

Televisa Studios and Endemol Shine Boomdog will produce the new version together for Spanish-speaking markets.

TCB Media Rights closes four-show deal with Viasat World

London-based rights-ownership and distribution company TCB Media Rights has signed a four-title deal with European pay-TV operator Viasat World at MIPTV in Cannes.

The deal includes Plane Reclaimers (10 x 60 minutes; Monster Films), Wild Tube (12 x 30 minutes; Spark TV), Mythical Beasts (10 x 60 minutes; Windfall Films for Discovery Science and SBS) and Private Lives (6 x 60 minutes; A Shot Entertainment for UKTV).

Each of the shows will air on Viasat’s services across Central and Eastern Europe, CIS and the Nordic territories.

Talpa, Banijay Asia ink prod deal for Indian market

Talpa Global’s entire format portfolio will be exclusively represented and produced in India by the newly created Banijay Asia, a Banijay Group company, including titles like Divided, Dating in the Dark and The Voice.

“By working together with Banijay Asia, headed up by Deepak Dhar with whom we already have an excellent track record, we can further develop and define our footprint in this key growth market,” said Kim Dingler, managing director of Talpa Global, in a statement.

“His network, execution and strategic approach towards cross-platform content is very much aligned with our view, therefore we look forward to deepening our relationship for the coming years.”

Flame Media launches new advisory service

Flame Media Group has developed a suite of fully-integrated services for content producers and buyers across all platforms, along with a new corporate advisory service focused on independent producers.

Flame Advisory has assembled a team to help producers access government, industry and philanthropic funding, as well as production loans, cash flow facilities, and other resources relevant to the funding of content — all with an eye towards foreign exchange implications of cross-border transactions.

Additionally, the group is now authorized by the Financial Conduct Authority to advise UK companies on mergers and acquisitions and the raising of corporate finance, through Flame Corporate Limited.

The new initiative is led by group CEO and founder John Caldon.

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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