Group Nine taps Jeff Siegel SVP Distribution
Digital-first media company Group Nine Media has appointed former Go90 executive Jeff Siegel (pictured) as SVP of distribution.
In the new role, Siegel will be tasked with shepherding sales and strategy around the company’s growing IP library across platforms worldwide.
Based in New York, he reports into Mickey Meyer, Group Nine’s chief network & IP management officer.
Siegel holds more than 20 years of industry experience, and was most recently head of licensing and syndication at Verizon’s Go90. There, he managed off-platform content licensing and syndication for original programming of the discontinued OTT service.
Prior to Go90, Siegel was VP of international distribution at DEFY Media, and held executive distribution roles at FremantleMedia and MTV Networks.
Group Nine Media is the parent company of such digital brands as Thrillist, The Dodo, Seeker and NowThis. The company recently acquired Emmy-nominated and Sundance Film Festival award-winning production studio JASH.
Armoza pens The Four, I Can Do That! deals
Israeli producer-distributor Armoza Formats has sent its primetime singing competition format The Four to Greek broadcaster Antenna TV (ANT1 TV) and Brazilian network Record TV.
The shiny-floor studio entertainment format (90 or 120 minutes) features four finalists who are announced in the season premiere as selected by the leading music judges. But in every episode, talented hopefuls will try to steal a seat from one of the final four. Anyone can become a contestant at any time via submissions on the dedicated app, but only the best will be able to challenge the four finalists.
Elsewhere, Armoza’s prime time talent series I Can Do That! has been optioned by ITV Studios Sweden AB, an ITV company.
I Can Do That! (60-120 minutes) takes a group of competitive celebrities and challenges them to perform live acts each week to prove that there’s nothing they can’t do. Viewers then choose who has given the best performance. The show has now been licensed in over 25 countries and aired in over 90, including the USA, Italy, Germany and Mexico.
KBS boards Never-Ending War copro
South Korean pubcaster KBS has boarded the landmark documentary series Korea: The Never-Ending War.
Directed by acclaimed filmmaker John Maggio, the 2 x 52-minute docuseries utilizes extensive archive and first-hand interviews with those who lived through the Korean War to bring to light a redefined history of the atrocities committed. The film is narrated by Korean-American actor John Cho.
Korea: The Never-Ending War is scheduled to be completed this December.
KBS, WETA/PBS, ARK MEDIA and ZED coproduce the documentary in association with ARTE France, BBC 4, ZDF Info, Foxtel, Télé-Québec, Middle East News, RTBF, RSI, NRK, VRT, AMC Networks International Southern Europe and YESDOCU.
Diversity TV Excellence Awards winners revealed
MIPCOM organizer Reed Midem has unveiled the winners of the 2018 MIPCOM Diversity TV Excellence Awards.
Dedicated to celebrating and promoting “diversity and inclusion in all forms across the international television industry,” the awards recognize scripted and non-scripted series that have been launched in the past 12 months or with a season presenting a marked change to the storyline embracing representation, diversity and inclusion.
The second annual awards ceremony took place on Oct. 16 at the Grand Salon of the Intercontinental Carlton Hotel in Cannes, France.
Unscripted winners follow below:
Representation of Race and Ethnicity, Non-Scripted
Against All Odds: The Fight for a Black Middle Class, PBS (USA), produced by Public Square Media, distributed by Scorpion TV
Representation of LGBTQ, Non-Scripted
My House, VICELAND (USA), produced and distributed by VICE MEDIA
Representation of Disability, Non-Scripted
Different Like Me, BBC3 (UK), produced by Hello Halo, distributed by BBC Studios