Extra: Globomedia taps GM, Bravo launches digital shorts

In today's 'Extra,' Spanish production outfit Globomedia names Javier Pons as GM, Bravo launches digital short series Million Dollar Listing's Ka-Ching!, and The Voice Kids heads to Kazakhstan.
May 13, 2016

Globomedia names general manager

MediaPro Group-owned production outfit Globomedia has appointed former Azteca TV executive Javier Pons (pictured) as company GM.

In his new role, Pons will be responsible for driving the Madrid-based company’s scripted and unscripted series and formats presence in Spain and internationally.

Most recently, the audiovisual executive served as executive producer for Mexico’s Azteca TV. He has previously held GM postings at Spain pubcaster TVE and Barcelona-based production outfit El Terrat.

Globomedia has produced original and adapted titles that air in more than 140 countries. The company has produced 49 series, more than 150 entertainment programs and 13 feature-length films across the fiction and non-fiction spaces.

Bravo launches original digital shorts line-up

NBCUniversal-owned network Bravo Media has launched an original short-form digital video series from World of Wonder Productions.

Million Dollar Listing’s Ka-Ching! features New York City real estate broker Fredrik Eklund as he reveals the stories behind unique manifestations of luxury and wealth, from donuts frosted in 14 karat gold to US$4 million diamond-encrusted sneakers. The 12-part series is available on Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato and Tom Campbell serve as executive producers, with Paul Croce coproducing.

The network will also roll out four additional digital series in the coming months, including The Folio, exploring the latest in beauty and fashion trends; Tipsy by Bravo, providing a fresh twist on classic cocktail recipes; Bravo After Hours, a late-night guided tour to top celebrity hot-spots; and Throwback Bravo, revisiting the most memorable moments of Bravo’s past with host Daryn Carp.

WOWOW readies int’l para-athletes doc “Who I Am”

Japanese pay-TV broadcaster WOWOW has revealed the first batch of para-athletes set to appear in its previously announced para-athletes sports docuseries Who Am I.

The series, which is made in collaboration with the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), chronicles the journey of a raft of para-athletes to the Rio 2016, Pyeongchang 2018 and Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.

The first eight athletes to appear in the series include Marlou van Rhijn (Netherlands, athletics), Daniel Dias (Brazil, swimmer), Ellie Cole (Australia, swimmer), Safet Alibasic (Bosnia and Herzegovina, sitting volleyball), Shingo Kunieda (Japan, wheelchair tennis), Ricardo Alves (Brazil, soccer), Zahra Nemati (Iran, archery) and Tatyana McFadden (U.S., athletics).

Who Am I is slated to premiere in October on WOWOW.

“The Voice Kids” reaches Kazakhstan

ITV-owned Talpa Media has sent feel-good singing competition format The Voice Kids to Kazakhstan. The series will be produced locally by Art Production Centre and is scheduled to air on First Channel EurAsia, which will also air the upcoming season of The Voice.

The kids-focused singing format now has more than 30 localized adaptations in territories such as India, the Netherlands, Australia, Germany, U.S. (Hispanic) and Brazil. The format sees the nation’s best young vocalists trying to impress three of the country’s top recording artists to become the ultimate winner.

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