DRG picks up “The Brigade” from Expectation Factual
UK indie television distributor DRG has acquired the exclusive international finished program and format rights to Expectation Factual’s culinary competition series The Brigade (pictured).
The format, recently commissioned for BBC2, features a distinguished chef who acts as a mentor to 10 ambitious chefs looking to prove their merit. Each week the brigade of chefs are trained by the mentor as they head to the heartlands of some of the world’s finest culinary destinations where they will immerse themselves in the local culture and cuisine. As the series progresses, the challenges will become more difficult and the chefs will go head-to-head in a cook-off with a local kitchen at the end of each week.
Meanwhile, the brigade will work and live together as they attempt to demonstrate their skill in order to keep their place, as they can be replaced at any time with a reserve brigade member.
The Brigade is produced by Expectation Factual. Executive producers are Colin Barr and Dominique Foster, the series producer/director is Graham Sherrington. It was commissioned by BBC2 controller Patrick Holland and Clare Sillery, head of commissioning for documentaries. The commissioning editors are Emily Smith and Sillery.
The Brigade will bow in 2019 on BBC2.
Viacom, MTS copro K-Pop ent series for MTV Russia
Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) has teamed with telecommunications company MTS for the reality entertainment series K-pop MTCamp for MTV Russia.
K-pop MTCamp (29 x 30 minutes) will begin airing on MTV Russia in Spring 2019 and the series will culminate with a 1 x 90-minute documentary special following the show’s five winners as they journey to South Korea, the home of K-Pop.
The show will feature 25 contestants who will all live together and perform against one another for a spot on the trip to South Korea.
MTV Russia will also launch a weekly K-pop MTChartShow this month, hosted by Yuri Pak. The show will broadcast in the lead up to the reality series debut and will run for its duration.
The series will be executive produced by Yana Churikova and is being supported by Russian-based reps from the Korean Cultural Center, part of Korea’s Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.
Karoline Meichsner-Sertl named CFO of ZDF Enterprises
Karoline Meichsner-Sertl has been named chief financial officer of German-based ZDF Enterprises, effective Jan. 1, 2019.
Meichsner-Sertl takes over the position from Stephan Adrian, who is stepping down from the position as he takes early retirement. Adrian has been the CFO of ZDF Enterprises since July 2007 with responsibility for the departments of finance, legal affairs, human resources, corporate and more.
Meichsner-Sertl most recently served as VP of legal affairs and authorized signatory at the company. She headed up the legal affairs department at ZDF in March 2009. Prior to that, she served in the rights, acquisitions and strategy departments at ARTE Deutschland, Degeto Film, EM.TV & Merchandising AG and Deutsche Welle.
“With Karoline Meichsner-Sertl, we are delighted to have found an in-house replacement for this position of great responsibility. With her many years of experience in all legal matters within our sector, she is ideally qualified to both take on the co-management of ZDF Enterprises and to generate fresh impetus at the same time,” said Fred Burcksen, president and CEO of ZDF Enterprises, in a statement.