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NEW YORK, March 30: South African comedian Trevor Noah has been tapped to succeed Jon Stewart as host of Comedy Central’s Emmy- and Peabody-winning The Daily Show.
SILVER SPRING, March 30: Investigation Discovery (ID) has greenlit a second season of its new show Vanity Fair Confidential, which is currently wrapping up its freshman run.
BURBANK, March 30: Disney XD has ordered a pilot for MTX!, a new live-action adventure comedy.
LONDON, March 30: FremantleMedia will be arriving in Cannes next month with a slate of new formats, including the competition The Most Beautiful Woman.
MAINZ, March 30: ZDF Enterprises has entered into a first-look development and distribution deal with Projector Pictures, which is behind such projects as The Body Farm and Kidnap and Ransom.
PALISADES PARK, March 30: Alfred Haber Distribution has taken on the international rights for Stevie Wonder: Songs In the Key of Life—An All-Star GRAMMY Salute, a two-hour prime-time entertainment special celebrating the music icon.
CANNES, March 30: A detective story set during the time of the Ottoman Empire, Filinta, a highlight from TRT, features themes of justice, friendship and fraternity.
SHERMAN OAKS, March 30: GRB Entertainment has inked deals for several factual series in the Middle East and Africa.
CANNES, March 30: Meant for viewers between the ages of 6 and 9, Five & It is an animated series from the DQ Entertainment International catalogue that follows a group of children after they discover a sand fairy underneath their uncle’s beachfront mansion.
TEL AVIV, March 30: Dori Media Group has secured the worldwide distribution rights for 300 Second Ride, a Studio Glam game show format.
LONDON, March 30: At MIPTV next month, Passion Distribution is set to launch the six-part series Behind the Story with the Paley Center.
CANNES, March 30: Alex Polizzi, the star of Hotel Inspector and The Fixer, brings her business acumen to a brand-new food format, Alex Polizzi: Chef for Hire, distributed by Twofour Rights.
BANGKOK, March 30: Turner Broadcasting System Asia Pacific has partnered with Thai free-to-air broadcaster Channel 3 to host a daily two-hour programming block of POGO-branded content.
LOS ANGELES, March 30: BoPaul Media Worldwide has placed a trio of action movies with Arrow Films in the U.K., while another three films were sold to RTL Nitro in Germany.
CANNES, March 30: Fashionista Kelly Randall Sia leads the action in Bomanbridge Media’s Haute & Saucy.
LONDON, March 30: CBBC has commissioned the docuseries Ice Stars, which tracks the lives of a group of young skaters.
CANNES, March 30: At MIPTV, distributor MediaBiz is offering a slate of new formats developed by Argentina’s Pol-ka Producciones.
CHEVY CHASE, March 30: Travel Channel has promoted executive producer Brian Leonard to VP of programming and development.
PREMIUM, March 27: Cecile Frot-Coutaz, the CEO of FremantleMedia, talks about the high demand for drama, trends in the formats business and the company’s growing children’s programming slate.
LONDON, March 27: Sony Pictures Television Networks (SPT) has reached a deal with Liberty Global to acquire the Film1 group in the Netherlands.
LOS ANGELES, March 27: Rod Perth, president and CEO of NATPE, has extended his contract through February 2016, at which time he will join its board of directors to continue his engagement with the organization.
NEW YORK/TORONTO, March 27: HISTORY has given the go-ahead to a fourth season of Vikings, the hit scripted series created and written by Michael Hirst (The Tudors).
The chairman and CEO shares some of the new developments at the company, which is celebrating its tenth anniversary.
TEL AVIV, March 27: Armoza Formats is collaborating with Israeli production company Abot Hameiri on the new prime-time cooking competition Yum Factor, which will be introduced at next month's MIPTV.
BURBANK/NEW YORK, March 27: Disney Junior has optioned the rights for the best-selling book series Fancy Nancy, which will be developed into an original animated TV movie and series launching in 2017.
LONDON, March 27: Swedish pubcaster SVT has ordered 21st and 22nd seasons of the music game show The Lyrics Board.
TORONTO, March 27: This MIPTV, Breakthrough Entertainment is set to introduce the hour-long documentary Sticks and Stones, which takes a look at the winter sport of curling.
TORONTO, March 27: Peace Point Rights has placed more than 120 hours of factual programming, including Food Truck Face Off, with broadcasters around the globe.
BURBANK, March 27: Tomorrow, Nickelodeon’s 28th Annual Kids’ Choice Awards is set to simulcast for the first time across Nickelodeon, TeenNick, Nicktoons and TV Land, as well as live stream on Nick’s website and app.
LONDON, March 27: ABC Australia has nabbed Inside the Commons, a four-part political documentary series set to air this month.