ITV, Zig Zag to create Japandemonium
UK commercial broadcaster ITV has commissioned a new entertainment clip series from Zig Zag Productions.
Japandemonium (6 x 30 minutes) will feature some of the funniest and most bizarre pranks pulled on members of the public and celebrities for Japanese game shows. Voiced by radio DJ Melvim Odoom, the series will air later this year across the network.
Makeready appoints head of television
Makeready, a newly launched indie studio and financier for film, television and branded content, has tapped producer and executive Scott Nemes to head the company’s television business.
In the new role, Nemes will oversee all aspects of the shop’s TV development, financing and acquisitions for premium cable, OTT and emerging platforms. He reports into Makeready CEO Brad Weston.
Most recently, Nemes served as senior VP at HBO Cinemax, where he helped launch the rebrand of HBO’s sister network. Prior to this, he held a variety of executive roles with The Film Department, Adelstein Productions and Immortal Entertainment.
Nemes joins former Regency executive Pam Abdy who oversees the company’s worldwide theatrical distribution deal with Universal Pictures and eOne.
Makeready is backed by Entertainment One (eOne) and bolstered by a five-year agreement with Universal Pictures to handle worldwide distribution and marketing on two feature films per year. The company is currently negotiating the rights to Wesley Lowery’s They Can’t Kill Us All, set to be adapted and exec produced by LaToya Morgan; and acquired Undocumented America, a manuscriptfrom journalist Karla Cornejo Villavicencio which weaves storylines of undocumented immigrants across America.
eOne handles the international distribution of television content.
Alshana, Prime Entertainment Group link on doc package deal
French producer and distributor Prime Entertainment Group has secured a major package deal with Ivory Coast-based Alshana TV for 30 hours of documentary programming to be aired across the Pan African territory.
Under the deal, Alshana will acquire Stars! (30 x 4 minutes), a series of short portraits of celebrities; Capetown: The Anti-Gun Squad (1 x 60 minutes); Returning to Senegal (1 x 52 minutes); and docuseries Children of the Desert (10 x 26 minutes).
Most recently, Prime inked a deal for African-related content with BET in France, and has bolstered its footprint in Africa by signing partnerships with MTV Networks Africa, RTI in Ivory Coast, ETV, and the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation.