Extra: Jackknife launches, Asia gets “In Your Ear”

In today's 'Extra' wrap, Electus links with Delbert Shoopman to launch a new prodco, Bomanbridge inks deal for culinary format, and ITN Source launches the 2016 Short Film Competition with Sheffield Doc/Fest and Audio Network. (Pictured: Chef In Your Ear)
February 5, 2016

Electus links with Delbert Shoopman for new production outfit

IAC-owned producer-distributor Electus has teamed with award-winning Bear Grylls Ventures (BGV) producer Delbert Shoopman to launch Jackknife Media. Shoopman will serve as CEO of Jackknife Media, while retaining his title and duties at BGV.

The backing of Electus will provide the new television prodco with the infrastructure to begin selling and producing content immediately.

As co-founder and head of production and branding at the LA-based BGV, Shoopman has developed such hit series as NBC’s The Island, Running Wild with Bear Grylls and Get Out Alive; ITV’s Mission Survive and Survival School; and Dragon TV’s Survivor Games.

Shoopman is represented by CAA.

Bomanbridge Media sends Chef In Your Ear to Asia 

Singapore-based producer-distributor Bomanbridge Media has inked a deal with NBCUniversal for the pan-Asian broadcast rights to Canada’s culinary series Chef In Your Ear (pictured).

The series will broadcast across Asia on NBCU channel Diva.

Originally produced for Food Network Canada by HLP+Partners, Chef In Your Ear sees two celebrity chefs feed recipe instructions for a restaurant-quality dish to two amateur cooks through an earpiece. The professional chefs are unable to smell or taste the food, locked in a soundproof booth, and their novice partners must create the dishes based on their instructions alone.

The series, which is also available as a format, was recently renewed by CJ E&M in South Korea – where it’s known locally as Avatar Chef – for a second season. Mongolia’s Mongol TV has also licensed the format.

ITN Source launches 2016 Short Film Competition

London-based footage licensing firm ITN Source has made its library freely available to documentarians participating in this year’s ITN Source Short Film Competition, in association with Sheffield Doc/Fest and Audio Network.

The competition will see filmmakers creating minute-long original short films using archive footage from ITN Source and music from Audio Network. The top three films, selected by an expert panel of judges, will be screened at Sheffield Doc/Fest in June. The festival’s attendees will then select the winner, who will be presented with a prize of US$1,464 (£1,000).

Last year’s inaugural event saw 71 finished films take part in the short film competition.

Former MTV host Dave Mirra found dead

Dave Mirra, a former pro BMX athlete and host of MTV’s Real World/Road Rules Challenge, has passed away.

The body of the 41-year-old athlete was found with a self-inflicted gunshot wound in the cab of his truck in Greenville, North Carolina, according to the Greenville Police Department. Mirra had been visiting with friends in the area a short time before the incident.

The 24-time X Games medalist had hosted two seasons of MTV’s Real World/Road Rules Challenge between 2004 and 2005.

Mirra is survived by his wife, Lauren Blackwell Mirra, and their two children.

“MTV sends their deepest condolences to his family and friends during this difficult time,” the Viacom-owned network said in a statement.

A previous version of this story stated that Chef In Your Ear was produced by The Format People. That is incorrect. The series is produced by HLP+Partners.

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