Extra: HGTV preps “Unspouse My House”; “Kitchen Impossible” gets Dutch remake

HGTV preps Unspouse My House from 51 Minds HGTV’s upcoming series Unspouse My House proves that not all home renos require a happy couple. Produced by 51 Minds Entertainment, a division of Endemol Shine ...
January 15, 2019

HGTV preps Unspouse My House from 51 Minds

HGTV’s upcoming series Unspouse My House proves that not all home renos require a happy couple.

Produced by 51 Minds Entertainment, a division of Endemol Shine North America, the 6 x 30-minute series features proclaimed breakup expert Orlando Soria (pictured) as he helps newly single clients to overhaul their homes and heal their hearts.

“The concept of Unspouse My House is totally different than anything we’ve done before on HGTV,” said Loren Ruch, senior vice president, programming, projects and specials for HGTV, in a statement. “Orlando Soria is an established designer whose online fans love his humorous, lighthearted take on home design. We believe the series will be a fun new addition to the HGTV lineup next year.”

Unspouse My House is slated to premiere in late 2019 on the Discovery-owned network.

Karine Moses to lead Bell Media Quebec

Bell Media has named the replacement for outgoing Bell Media Quebec president Gerry Frappier, selecting Karine Moses for the top position.

Moses, who has been with Bell Media for more than 20 years, currently serves as president of Bell Media’s outdoor advertising division, Astral, and as VP of Bell Media Sales in Quebec. In her new role, she will oversee all programming, production and scheduling operations for Bell Media’s French-language TV properties, in addition to continuing to lead Astral and maintaining her current sales responsibilities in Quebec. Effective immediately, she’ll report to Bell Media president Randy Lennox.

“I’m committed to continuing the remarkable impact that Gerry Frappier has had on Bell Media and on the industry as a whole, while forging new ground for our business in the province’s ever-evolving media landscape,” said Moses in a statement.

Leading up to his retirement, Frappier, who announced in March he would leave the company, will continue on as a special advisor during the transition.

From Playback Daily

Endemol Shine’s Kitchen Impossible lands in the Netherlands 

Dutch broadcaster RTL Nederland has acquired Endemol Shine Germany’s culinary format Kitchen Impossible

Endemol Shine Netherlands will produce the show, which will be known locally as Herman Tegen De Rest. It is scheduled to premiere on RTL 4 on Jan. 29.

The Dutch version of Kitchen Impossible will feature chef Herman de Blijker, who will compete against a variety of local chefs with the aim of cooking a local specialty of two countries, without knowing the complete list of ingredients perfectly.

The Dutch adaptation marks the third deal for the show, which has also been sold to France. Kitchen Impossible will launch in early February in Germany on Vox.

Boom Kids wins CITV Project Z commission 

Boom Kids, part of the Cardiff-based ITV Studios label Boom, has been commissioned by British free-to-air children’s channel CITV to produce Project Z.

The 8 x 30-minute part-structured reality, part-game show series is based in a world where a catastrophic experiment by the fictional company Itopia has transformed people into zombie-like, dim-witted creatures, known as “Zeds”, who are deadly and infections when in groups.

Each episode will feature five 12-to-13-year-olds who take refuge inside their school as they face a variety of scenarios and challenges in order to either trap Zeds or escape.

The executive producer on Project Z is Angharad Garlick and series producer is Aled Mills.

The BAFTA Children’s award-winning show was originally commissioned by S4C for broadcast in the Welsh language.

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