Extra: Studio Lambert opens Manchester office; “The Four” heads to India

Studio Lambert heads to Manchester with Dragon’s Den‘s Darrell Olsen British and American prodco Studio Lambert is opening a new regional office in Manchester, dubbed Studio Lambert North, with Dragon’s Den ...
November 1, 2018

Studio Lambert heads to Manchester with Dragon’s Den‘s Darrell Olsen

British and American prodco Studio Lambert is opening a new regional office in Manchester, dubbed Studio Lambert North, with Dragon’s Den exec producer Darrell Olsen named head of unscripted.

Studio Lambert will be moving some of its returning series to the new Manchester office next year and starting production on new projects there as well. No specific titles have yet been announced.

Studio Lambert North will be the company’s third production base, joining offices in London and LA.

Olsen assumes the new role in January and will report to Studio Lambert CEO Stephen Lambert and creative director Tim Harcourt.

He was previously EP of BBC2′s business-centric reality series Dragons’ Den for the last two years, where he had earlier served as series editor.

“Establishing a permanent regional base is a significant step for us,” said Lambert in a statement. “I’m delighted someone with Darrell’s considerable experience and talent has agreed to spearhead our ambitious plans. We appreciate the pressure on UK broadcasters to commission out-of-London and moving the production of some of our returning series to Manchester means Studio Lambert North will get off to a flying start.”

By Frederick Blichert

Hulu launches additional network add-ons 

Hulu has launched additional network add-ons to its live TV subscription streaming service.

Joining the SVOD’s lineup as part of its Entertainment add-on selection are a variety of movies, cooking and lifestyle content. The category will provide viewers with access to live network feeds of LMN (Lifetime Movie Network), FYI, DIY Network, Cooking Channel, CNBC World and more for an additional US$7.99 per month.

Meanwhile, the additional add-on is Hulu’s new Español feature, which provides live programming to Spanish-language news and sports nets, includes ESPN Deportes, NBC Universo, CNN En Español and History Channel En Español. The selection is available to subscribers for an additional US$4.99 per month.

Later this year, Hulu will launch Discovery Networks on its live TV subscription service, adding more networks to the Entertainment and Español add-ons, including Discovery en Español, Discovery Familia, Discovery Family, Science and Destination America.

India takes Armoza’s The Four

Armoza Formats’ singing competition program The Four (pictured) is heading to India with Banijay Asia acquiring the local rights to the format.

Developed and produced by Armoza Formats, the shiny-floor studio entertainment format (90 or 120 minutes) features four talented finalists who will be announced in the season premiere. Selected by the panel of music industry judges, the final four will face competition in every episode from hopeful contestants at any time via submissions on a dedicated app. The competitors must hold onto their spot, and in the finale, one will be crowned the winner when the four finalists challenge one another.

A third season of the series is slated to premiere in Peru this week, with recent commissions in Brazil, Greece and Lithuania.

UKTV’s W on the beat with the women of West Yorkshire Police

British commercial television operator UKTV is prepping an observational docuseries for its W network that follows the women of the West Yorkshire Police.

The UKTV Original The Shift: Women on the Force (6 x 60 minutes) co-produced by Lambent Productions, Flint Television and Harbar 8, will explore the demands and dangers facing officers in modern Britain, and the impact on their lives. Each episode of the series is based around the unfolding stories of three women of all ranks on the force across a single shift.

The Shift: Women on the Force has been commissioned by senior commissioning editor Helen Nightingale, who will executive produce for UKTV, and ordered for W by Richard Watsham, director of commissioning, and Steve North, UKTV’s genre general manager. Executive producers include Ollie Tait for Lambent Productions, Chris Kelly for Flint TV and Dan Clark-Neal for Harbar 8.

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