Star of “Stranger Things” Nikola Djuricko was asked to present the Serbian edition of NBCUniversal Formats‘ Hollywood Game Night entertainment series. This is the 24th international edition of the series, joining adaptations in the UK, France, Greece, Hungary and Thailand, among others. The show pairs celebrities with contestants as they compete in a variety of board games. The American original was created by Sean Hayes and Todd Milliner and directed by Jane Lynch. The Serbian version will be known locally as “Holivudiranje” and is a co-production between Una Television and NBCUniversal Formats, part of Universal International Studios, a division of Universal Studio Group.
Amps Analysis, which provides data, analytics and insights for the global entertainment industry, has opened its first North American office in Culver City, Los Angeles. “It’s the perfect place to serve the company’s growing list of broadcast and media customers, including major movie studios, streaming players, telecom and pay-TV operators, TV channel groups and technology companies,” the company said in a statement. Led by the General Manager Guy Bissonthe team includes analysts Ben French and Christen Tamisine and Director of Business Development, Jordan Lucoffresponsible for new business and account management.
Ampere MD Dan Stevenson said, “We are extremely proud to have opened our first international office just seven years after the company was founded. Ampere has a global customer base with a significant number based in Los Angeles – our US customers will benefit from having a team on hand to help them with strategic and tactical challenges. I am confident that Ben, Christen, Jordan and Guy will provide data, information, support and advice to our growing list of US based clients. We plan to rapidly grow the Los Angeles team over the next 18 months.
UKTV has put together a new comedy TV script call in partnership with Women’s Pilot Club. The call for entries is open from August 8 to September 11 and invites women to submit original comedy scripts featuring female lead characters over the age of 45. Since 2019, the Female Pilot Club has produced readings of new comedy scripts to live audiences with acclaimed British comedians including Arabella Weir, Tracy-Ann Oberman, Kiell Smith-Bynoe and Robert Webb. This call-out script marks his first collaboration with a broadcaster.
Female Pilot Club was founded to fight inequality as female writers continue to face challenges in pursuing careers in the film and television industry. It was launched with the support of Comedy 50:50 by writers Kay Stonham (“My Family”) and Abigail Burdess (“Tracey Ullman’s Show”) and actor and writer Emily Chase (“Bad Salsa”).
Beyond rights signed an agreement to collaborate with a digital content distribution company OTTera. The partnership will focus on supporting Beyond Rights’ rapidly developing FAST strategy and will see the launch of a suite of branded and IP-based FAST channels worldwide over the coming months. Based in Los Angeles, OTTera offers a white-label service that creates custom OTT (streaming) services to support the monetization of customer content across a range of digital platforms and on any smart device. The company operates over 80 streaming services and over 200 channels, with over 100 million users worldwide.