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Oxygen bolsters programming slate with originals, Piers Morgan event

By Salina Chignall

APRIL 10, 2018

Cult of Killers (working title)

Produced by IPC and Eureka Productions with Eli Holzman and Aaron Saidman serving as executive producers for IPC and Paul Franklin and Chris Culvenor serving as executive producers for Eureka.

This true crime series exposes the complex mystery behind a murder (or string of murders) committed by members of a vicious cult.

Each episode will zero in on the cult responsible for a homicide, and begin to unravel the cult’s genesis from the leader down to the individual members. Featuring access to law enforcement and former members, first-hand accounts will help explain the cult’s beliefs and how it drove its members to kill.

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Variety

Canadian Singing Competition ‘The Launch’ Sees Out-the-Gate Success on iTunes

Scott Borchetta is lead mentor on the CTV series.

january 12, 2018

Big Machine Label Group head Scott Borchetta’s new Canadian singing show, “The Launch,” is celebrating its first No. 1 just two days after the series’ Wednesday night (Jan. 10) premiere on CTV.

Logan Staats, the first artist chosen by the program’s panel of mentors,  which includes Borchetta, who first signed Taylor Swift to BMLG, Shania Twain and noted songwriter and producer Busbee, saw his single, “The Lucky Ones” (co-written by Bebe Rexha) top Canada’s all-genre iTunes sales chart. (Watch his performance of the song above.)

“The Launch” offers a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to bring a new, original song to life. In the hours after it aired, the show was the top trending topic on Twitter.

 

“Launching Logan and ‘The Lucky Ones’ reinforces the premise of this show: it all starts with a great song,” said Borchetta, who also serves as executive producer. “Pairing that great song with the right artist creates a perfect storm – Logan’s haunting, powerful voice and sheer talent bring this song to life so beautifully. I’m so proud of our first ‘Launch’ artist and single.”

Each episode of “The Launch” begins with a hopeful’s audition before the panel, after which the mentors choose two artists to record the original song and prepare to perform it in front of a live audience. The mentors then choose which artist and recording will immediately be released across the country following the broadcast of the episode each week.

“The Launch” is co-developed and produced by Bell Media in association with Borchetta of Big Machine Label Group, Paul Franklin of Eureka (“Masterchef,” “The Biggest Loser”) and John Brunton and Lindsay Cox of Insight Productions (“The Amazing Race Canada”, “Canadian Idol,” “The Juno Awards”).

Next week’s mentor panel will include Borchetta along with Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland and OneRepublic frontman and acclaimed producer/songwriter Ryan Tedder.


Seven West Media

Big Dell and The Spartans

Wendell Sailor is AUSTRALIAN SPARTAN'S sideline reporter. 

DECEMBER 10, 2017

Dual code rugby legend Wendell Sailor has been confirmed as sideline reporter for Channel 7’s upcoming event TV program, AUSTRALIAN SPARTAN.

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Joining previously announced hosts Edwina Bartholomew and Hamish McLachlan, Sailor will bring viewers all the action as it happens from Australia’s finest athletes as they tackle the world’s toughest obstacle competition. “I’m excited to be in this great show and love seeing people being challenged, working as a team.” Wendell said. A proud Queenslander, Wendell excelled in both Rugby League (playing over a combined 200 games for Brisbane Broncos and Illawarra Dragons) and Rugby Union (over 50 games with Queensland Reds and NSW Waratahs). He also played 37 tests for the Wallabies.

No stranger to Channel Seven, he has appeared on both Dancing With The Stars and Australia’s Greatest Athlete. Inspired by the global fitness phenomenon, AUSTRALIAN SPARTAN is impossible to complete alone, the only way to conquer it is to work together as a cohesive unit of three. Raising the bar on team competitions, groups of friends, families and workmates must join forces to race through a specially-designed spectacular Spartan course engineered to challenge their determination, endurance and will.

The format rights for Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge are held by NBCUniversal International Formats and will be distributed worldwide by NBCUniversal International Distribution.


Seven West Media

september 29, 2017

Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge heads to Australia

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Inspired by the global fitness phenomenon, Spartan Race, this is the world's toughest team-based obstacle course. Impossible to complete alone, the only way to conquer it is to work together as a cohesive unit of three.

Raising the bar on team competitions, groups of friends, families and workmates must join forces to race through a specially-designed spectacular Spartan course engineered to challenge their determination, endurance and will.

Seven’s Director of Production Brad Lyons, said: "It's no secret family entertainment is attracting big audiences and AUSTRALIAN SPARTAN will be the toughest and biggest obstacle course ever seen here. It’s so big and tough that you cannot conquer it alone and we will be pitting teams against each other. This will bring added drama as each member of the team relies on each other to make it through this beast of a course."

Chris Oliver-Taylor, MD Matchbox and Chris Culvenor, CEO Eureka said "We are delighted to combine the talents of Matchbox Pictures and Eureka Productions, to bring AUSTRALIAN SPARTAN to Channel 7. This family series will highlight the strength and stamina of some of the toughest and fittest people in the country. It’s a true test of teamwork."

Over the course of this massive television event, the extreme obstacles will escalate to truly test the most outstanding athletes in the country. In the end, only one team will triumph and rise to become the ultimate Australian Spartans.

With the second hit season of the American format currently broadcast on NBC, the popular competition has also seen a localised version commissioned in Denmark.

The format rights for Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge are held by NBCUniversal International Formats and will be distributed worldwide by NBCUniversal International Distribution.


Media Week

APRIL3, 2017

SBS gets first series from Eureka TV: The Chefs’ Line

The two partners of the production company Eureka TV have been busy juggling a handful of projects they have managed to have commissioned over the past few months.

It has been a hectic first year for the business which was only formally announced in January 2016.

Chris Culvenor and Paul Franklin have worked together for almost 10 years, Culvenor told Mediaweek on a visit to their new Sydney offices. In addition they have opened up in Santa Monica, California.

They first worked together at FremantleMedia Australia and then later at Shine Australia before they both moved to Shine America. Culvenor launched 10 new series during his time at Shine America, where he was executive VP development, more than tripling production output. Franklin is best known as the MasterChef man, the key creative architect behind the MasterChef format changes that were exported globally. He also worked on more than 10 series and worked as executive VP programming at Shine America.

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The Australian


April 3, 2017

SBS turns up the heat with new cooking contest, The Chefs’ Line

Today at 6pm, SBS launches a bold experiment in its crucial lead-in timeslot to the news — but one of the creators of this innovative cooking contest, The Chefs’ Line, won’t be on hand to celebrate.

Chris Cul­venor, co-founder of the production company Eureka, will be half a world away in Cannes selling the format for The Chefs’ Line to the world at the MIPTV festival, backed by global giant FremantleMedia.

One year ago, Eureka had two staff, its founders Culvenor and Paul Franklin, former Endemol Shine executives. They based the company in Los Angeles.

One year later and Eureka, backed by FremantleMedia’s international division, has a thriving Sydney office producing The Chefs’ Line, co-producing The Voice with ITV and soon to air on Channel Nine, and working on a new show for Channel Seven, ­Behave Yourself.

The pair, who previously worked at FremantleMedia Australia, have experience on a slew of unscripted programs including Project RunwayThe Biggest Loser and MasterChef.

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Deadline.com

JANUARY 28, 2016


Ex-Endemol Shine Execs Launch Company, Partner With FremantleMedia

Unscripted veterans Chris Culvenor and Paul Franklin, most recently Endemol Shine’s SVP of Development and EVP of Programming, have formed Eureka, a production company in partnership with FremantleMedia.

The duo has worked together for a decade, including a stint at FremantleMedia Australia. They’ve developed, adapted and produced franchises such as MasterChef, MasterChef Junior, The Biggest Loser, The Voice, Fake Off, The Apprentice, Restaurant Startup, The Face, Project Runway and Minute to Win It.

Eureka, which opened a Los Angeles office in January, has three projects set up at cable networks. Culvenor and Franklin will open their Sydney office in March and will staff up in both locations.

“Chris and Paul are two of the industry’s most highly regarded creatives,” said Rob Clark, Director of Global Entertainment, FremantleMedia. “Their track records in production, development and sales complement our businesses in the US and Australia and we’re looking forward to creating and sharing ideas across our international network.”

Eureka is repped by WME and Ziffren Brittenham.

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TBI Vision

JANUARY 29, 2016

Ex-Endemol Shine execs pact with Fremantle

Former Endemol Shine Group producers Chris Culvenor and Paul Franklin have created an unscripted prodco with FremantleMedia.

The pair, who have worked together for more than a decade, will lead Eureka Productions, which launched this month in Los Angeles. A Sydney office will open in March with “top appointments” for the creative team coming over the next few months.

Three projects with “top tier” cable networks are in development already.

Eureka said it would work with FremantleMedia, which has been building up a new slate of creative talent over the past 12 months with acquisitions and prodco launches, to develop and produce projects that its network of creators, producers and sales teams can “optimise”.

Culvenor and Frankling were most recently Endemol Shine’s senior VP of development and executive VP of programming, respectively, but have also worked together at FremantleMedia Australia. Their credits include local versions of MasterChef, MasterChef Junior, The Biggest Loser, The Voice and The Apprentice.

“At Eureka we’re very excited to bring together the talented creative community that we have collaborated with over the last decade to create series that captivate and surprise audiences,” said Franklin.

“Chris and Paul are two of the industry’s most highly regarded creative,” said FremantleMedia’s director of global formats, Rob Clark. “Their track records in production, development and sales complement our businesses in the US and Australia and we’re looking forward to creating and sharing ideas across our international network.”

Eureka becomes the latest investment for FremantleMedia, following a spate of deals for new indies that have come in the last year.

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Tv Tonight

JANuary 30, 2017


New production company Eureka set for unscripted

Former Endemol Shine unscripted execs Chris Culvenor and Paul Franklin have formed a new LA-based production company Eureka, and are set to open a Sydney office in March.

The duo, who previously worked at FremantleMedia Australia, have formidable credits including MasterChef, Junior MasterChef, The Biggest Loser, The Voice, The Apprentice and Project Runway.

They have also partnered with FremantleMedia (International) to develop and produce projects.

“At Eureka we’re very excited to bring together the talented creative community that we have collaborated with over the last decade to create series that captivate and surprise audiences,” said Franklin.

Rob Clark, Director of Global Entertainment, FremantleMedia, added, “Chris and Paul are two of the industry’s most highly regarded creatives. Their track records in production, development and sales complement our businesses in the US and Australia and we’re looking forward to creating and sharing ideas across our international network.”

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Tv Tonight

JULY 29, 2016

New producers take on The Voice

ITV Studios Australia will co-produce Season 6 of The Voice, formerly produced by Endemol Shine, with Paul Franklin’s Eureka Productions.

Franklin has previously produced The Voice in 2015 and will serve as Supervising Executive Producer on the upcoming season.

CEO and Managing Director of ITV Studios Australia, David Mott said, “Paul is simply one of the best creative talents in the business and highly regarded both here and overseas. I am delighted he will be working alongside ITV to lead the production team of The Voice Australia, his expertise will take The Voice to a new level.”

Franklin, who recently launched Eureka Productions with Chris Culvenor, previously held key executive positions at FremantleMedia and Shine.

“Eureka is extremely excited to be working with the team at ITV, the Nine Network and Executive Producer Leigh Aramberri to supercharge The Voice for a big year in 2017,” said Franklin.

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