Extra: S4C looks for int’l partnerships; Fremantle Finland names new CEO

S4C pushing for international partnerships Working with more international partners is a core part of S4C’s new strategy, the company’s chief executive Siân Doyle (pictured) said this week. The Welsh broadcaster put ...
April 6, 2022

S4C pushing for international partnerships

Working with more international partners is a core part of S4C’s new strategy, the company’s chief executive Siân Doyle (pictured) said this week.

The Welsh broadcaster put out the call to work with more global partners at MIPTV this week in Cannes. S4C is known for its work in documentaries, formats and true crime. Its past international formats include Cardiff Productions’ Am Dro! (Take a Hike), which was later adapted for BBC Two, and coproductions Ty am Ddim (The Great House Giveaway) for C4 and Gwesty Aduniad (Reunion Hotel) for the BBC, both of which were produced by Darlun and distributed by All3Media International.

“We’re extremely proud to be working with creative independent producers and finding innovative ways of financing, producing and distributing world-class content. With our long-term financial settlement in place we’re open for business and on the lookout for exciting new partners,” said Doyle in a press release.

“Our new strategy will provide us with a brilliant platform to launch the next phase of a collaborative, international strategy which promises to bring the world to Wales and Wales to the world.”

New additions to the channel’s restructured management team include Llinos Griffin-Williams, who joined this week as chief content officer, and Geraint Evans, who takes on the role of director of content and publishing strategy.

Jarko Luoma takes over as Fremantle Finland CEO

Fremantle Finland has named a new CEO, upping Jarkko Luoma to the position from his previous role as head of development and sales in the company.

Luoma, who joined Fremantle in 2019, has 24 years of experience in the Finnish TV industry, including 12 years as head of development and executive producer at Moskito Television Oy and nine years at Van Der Media Oy. He will be replacing outgoing CEO Joonas Hytönen, who stepped down at the beginning of April.

“Both as a creative and as a team leader, Jarkko is capitalizing on a wealth of experience accumulated over decades in the industry,” said Daniela Matei, CEO of Fremantle Nordics and Poland, in a news release. “I am looking forward to working closely with Jarkko in his new position, as we continue to build Fremantle Finland into the place the best creatives want to call home.”

ITV commissions The Singles’ Table from Initial

ITVBe and ITV Hub have commissioned Initial, a Banijay UK company, to produce a new dating series titled The Singles’ Table.

Each entry in the six-episode series sees the show’s cast of five single women invited to a different stranger’s wedding, where they join potential suitors at the singles’ table. The show’s drama is generated by the question of whether they’ll choose to see the suitors again.

The series was commissioned by Peter Tierney, commissioner for ITV, and Paul Mortimer, ITV director of reality and acquisitions. Sharyn Mills will executive produce the series for Initial. Banijay Rights is the international distributor for the series.

“We’re excited not only at the prospect of seeing sparks fly across the singles’ table, but also at the chance of stepping into the lives of six very different and diverse British couples on the happiest day of their lives,” said Katy Manley and Cat Lynch, Initial managing directors.

Mortimer added: “The Singles’ Table is like all the best bits of a wedding day, a girls’ night out and speed dating fused into one exciting new dating format.”

BBC Studios announces Italian versions of The Great Sewing Bee and This Is My House

BBC Studios distribution announced this week that The Great Sewing Bee, an amateur sewing competition format, and This is MY House, a guessing game series, will be adapted for Discovery in Italy.

Blu Yazmine will produce the six-part Italian version of The Great Sewing Bee, which is set to air on Discovery+ in June. It will be known locally as Tailor Made – Chi ha la stoffa? and will be hosted by Tommaso Zorzi. The series had previously been licensed to markets in Spain, Portugal and Norway.

This Is MY House was created by Richard Bacon and Nick Weidenfeld, and produced by Expectation for BBC One. The six-part local version will be produced by Casta Diva, and will be known as Questa è casa mia. Production is underway, with the series set to air next month on Real Time. This is the format’s second international adaptation following its licensing to the Talpa Network in the Netherlands.

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