YouTube’s Blue Therapy comes to E4

Billed as a blend of ‘constructed reality and high drama’, Blue Therapy 2 (w/t) follows couples as they discuss issues in their relationships, such as income inequalities, sexual satisfaction and disapproving family, through a series of relationship therapy sessions.

The 6 x 60-minute series will be co-produced by Project Gorilla, and TVC Breakthrough Leader’s Luti Media and Motion Content Group.

Project Gorilla’s Andy Amadi, the creator of the original format, will exec alongside Motion’s head of diversity, equity and inclusion Deep Sehgal

“The producers have a clever way of fusing multiple stories that means we can ensure thoroughly dramatic, joyful and jaw dropping moments by the truck load,” said Molokwu.

“Blue Therapy will offer a window into relationships we rarely see on telly and I’m hoping that combination will lead to the series being as irresistible on E4 as it was online.”

Amadi added: “Creating thought-provoking shows has always been my aim.”

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NBCU’s Pearlena Igbokwe sets out commitment to risk-taking

NBCUniversal will not “stop spending money” on TV shows, according to production chief Pearlena Igbokwe, as she issued a warned about spiralling scripted costs.

Speaking during her keynote at the Banff World Media Festival, the chair of Universal Studio Group (USG) said broadcasters must take risks to secure the best programming and succeed in a homogenised and competitive market.

“It’s a great concern for all of us: how much we make these shows for, how much we’re paying for overall deals. We’re trying to be smart and cost-efficient, but I don’t think you can make decisions based on dollars,” she told delegates.

“Ultimately we are a creative business, and we have to take risks in order to win. I don’t think we’re going to stop spending money on making TV shows.”

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Lightbox shines light on 1st black supermodel for HBO

Lightbox has tied with HBO for a feature doc exploring the life of one of the first black supermodels, Donyale Luna.

The untitled film will document the life of Luna, who was born Peggy Anne Freedman in Detroit, and who went on to become one of the world’s first black supermodels in the 1960s and 1970s, gracing the covers of Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar.

The doc will be produced by Lightbox and HBO, in association with Jeff Friday Media and The American Black Film Festival. It is exec produced by Lightbox’s Jonathan Chinn, Simon Chinn and Jeff Friday and produced by Melissa Kramer, Isoul Hussein Harris and Melanie Sharee, with Nailah Jefferson helming the feature.

Jefferson called it a “dream” to work on a project about Luna: “an iconic woman whose legacy and magic deserve celebration. Black women’s historical contributions have often been forgotten and distorted.”

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Studio Lambert & The Garden land Squid Game gameshow

Netflix has ordered a gameshow based on its South Korean global smash drama Squid Game from Studio Lambert and The Garden.

Ten-part Squid Game: The Challenge will follow contestants as they participate in games inspired by the hit series for a $4.56m cash prize, the biggest financial reward for a reality series, according to Netflix.

The drama’s games will be supplemented by original ones as participants’ strategies, alliances, and character are tested as their rivals are eliminated.