MasterChef returns to India
Endemol Shine Group’s cooking competition format MasterChef (pictured) has been greenlit in India after a three-year hiatus.
Endemol Shine India will produce a 26 x 60-minute run for pay-TV channel Star Plus, in addition to 12 master class episodes slated for production later this year.
The judging lineup for MasterChef India features Michelin star award-winning Vikas Khanna; Ranveer Brar, India’s first Michelin star winner; and Vineet Bhatia, whose Michelin star restaurants include Zaika and Rasoi.
MasterChef, which recently celebrated its 10th anniversary in the U.S., is set for 53 productions across 35 markets in 2019. The format first launched in the UK in 1990.
RTS puts out call for entries
The Royal Television Society, a Britain-based forum for television and related media, has opened entries for its RTS Programme Awards 2020.
UK productions and international co-productions will be recognized across 29 categories at the ceremony, to be held March 17, 2020.
Factual categories include series and single programs about history, science and natural history and arts.
Other factual categories include single documentary, documentary series, formatted popular factual, and daytime program.
Entries are limited to three per channel. The deadline to submit is Dec. 6.
RTS will also present the Outstanding Achievement Award to a broadcaster for an on-screen or off-screen achievement.
Newen, Anton ink strategic agreement
TF1 Group-owned Newen, a France-based producer-distributor of audiovisual content, has entered a strategic agreement with global producer and financer Anton.
Anton will serve as co-investor in Newen’s distribution rights for both group productions and third-party programs across all genres, including documentary, up to €35 million (US$38.84 million).
Anton has previously co-financed projects with Studiocanal and BBC Studios.