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Marcus/Glass rolls out global Let’s Make a Deal  Marcus/Glass Productions, which recently acquired the IP and all assets for the historic format Let’s Make a Deal, has signed an agreement with ...
December 2, 2021

Marcus/Glass rolls out global Let’s Make a Deal 

Marcus/Glass Productions, which recently acquired the IP and all assets for the historic format Let’s Make a Deal, has signed an agreement with London-based CAN’T STOP Media for the exclusive distribution of the iconic game show in all global territories outside the US, Germany and Canada.

Let’s Make a Deal has been adapted in 23 different territories and has aired almost continuously since its launch in 1963

The show, which is hosted by Wayne Brady in the U.S., is consistently near the top of daytime ratings. It currently airs on CBS in the U.S. In November, ProSeiban1 in Germany launched a reboot, which was met with positive ratings. The U.S. version also airs on Rodgers Broadcasting Stations in Canada.

Earlier this year, Marcus/Glass Productions, owned by entrepreneur and TV host Marcus Lemonis and TV producer Nancy Glassacquired the rights to the catalogue of Hatos-Hall Productions’ game shows.

Team Whistle hires VP of original content development

In New York, global sports and entertainment media company Team Whistle has hired Evan Silverman as its VP of original content development. Silver will help shape the Gen Z- and Millennial-targeted organization’s original content slate, from development and strategy through to execution.

He will be based in New York and report to Noah Weissman, Team Whistle’s SVP of Content. Silver arrives via Bleacher Report’s in-house creative agency and branded content studio, Playmaker, where he served as Senior Director of Creative Strategy.

Whistle has been on a run of late, recently hitting five billion views and seven million hours watched, year-to-date. Branded renewals across originals increased 100% for 2020 to 2021.

Espresso Media lands slew of sales

In the UK, Espresso Media International have announced more than 90 hours of package sales to VOD platforms worldwide.

The docs licensed include 17 hours of content to Spain, Spanish-Speaking US and Latin American territories. Nine of the titles come from Espresso’s space catalogue, including the 2020 Emmy Award-winning When We Were Apollo.

Crackle, meanwhile, picked up 24 titles across a broad range of genres (including social, crime and arts) for U.S. broadcast.

Espresso also inked two package sales with sports-based VOD platforms Extreme International and 360 Sports.

Sphere Media adds to scripted and unscripted teams

Production and distribution group Sphere Media has announced two appointments to oversee Montreal scripted and unscripted teams.
Producer Josée Vallée (Bad BloodTransplant), who joined the Montreal company in 2014, has been promoted to EVP, scripted and feature films, French content. Renaud Chassé has been appointed EVP, unscripted and documentaries, French content, marking his return to Sphere after a stint at Groupe Fair-Play helming Révolution.

A news release says the appointments take effect Monday (Dec. 6) and are part of an effort to increase the creation of original content at Sphere, the parent company of prodcos including Sienna Films and BGM.

Vallée is renowned in the Quebec TV world, with other producing credits including Hubert et FannyThis Life and Épidémie (Outbreak), which was nominated alongside Transplant at the 2021 Rockie Awards. Her current productions include the miniseries Aller simple and the second seasons of CerebrumLes Honorables and Transplant.

Chassé previously worked at Sphere as creative director and content producer, contributing to projects including Génial!Moi j’mange and Les aventures du Pharmachien. He’s also created content for Cirque du Soleil.

With files from Victoria Ahearn, Playback Online
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