Jason Derulo creates BBC3 music competition

Jason Derulo and his manager Frank Harris are the driving forces behind a BBC3 music competition organised by MultiStory Media and ITV America.

The BBC Radio 1 presenter Jordan North will host Project Icon, which follows eight budding singers as they battle to be the finest all-around star.

They will take part in a series of tasks meant to mirror the cutthroat music industry, guided through weekly eliminations by mentors Derulo, Harris, and singer Becky Hill.

The winner will earn a partnership with Jason’s label Future History in the United States, a collaboration with Jason Derulo, and a live performance at BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend in 2023.

Kate Phillips, the BBC’s head of unscripted programming, and Fiona Campbell, the BBC3 controller, commissioned the format, together with commissioning editors Neil McCallum and Jamie Dodds.

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Alaska hires a YouTube executive as creative director

Nutan Velji, a former BBC Studios and YouTube Originals executive, has been named creative director of Alaska TV.

Alaska TV has hired Nutan Velji, a former BBC Studios and YouTube Originals executive, as its creative director. Nutan Velji replaces Alaska co-founder Ian Lamarra, who left this month to launch Soho Studios Entertainment.

She comes to Alaska from YouTube Originals, where she was senior creative executive, commissioning. Her YouTube credits include The Mandela Project, Race Around Britain with Munya, and Seat At The Table with Jack Harries.

Velji went on to say that she’s joining the independent at a “innovative period in its evolution.”

Alaska’s current schedule includes the Snap Original commission I Want To Get Better starring Jameela Jamil (w/t) and a second season of Channel 4’s Emilia Fox-fronted In The Footsteps of Killers.

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Eurovision director requested by BBC

The BBC is looking for a senior head of content production for Eurovision, which will be held in the United Kingdom rather than Ukraine.

The company is looking for a “inspiring” leader with a track record of producing large broadcast shows and co-productions to take on the post starting next month and lasting until June 2023.

The managing director will be in charge of all parts of the Eurovision Song Contest, which takes place in May and features over 40 performances and is projected to draw a global audience of over 100 million people.

They will establish an output and operational plan, coordinate across BBC teams, the European Broadcast Union (EBU), and other stakeholders, and discover methods to deliver a high-quality programme while simultaneously saving money, reporting to the BBC’s director of unscripted Kate Phillips.

In July, the BBC agreed to become the host broadcaster, taking up duties on behalf of this year’s winner, Ukraine, despite the country’s ongoing conflict. UA: PBC, Ukraine’s public broadcaster, will collaborate with the BBC to include Ukrainian aspects into the programmes.

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Vince Staples To Star In And Produce His Own Scripted Comedy Series On Netflix

Rapper Vince Staples is expected to star in his own Netflix written comedy series. The critically acclaimed artist, actor, and creator, as well as Kenya Barris and his Khalabo Ink Society, has received a series order from the streaming service.

The fictitious series, set in Long Beach, California, is partially based on Staples’ life.

Ian Edelman, creator of Entergalactic, and executive producer Maurice Williams will serve as co-showrunners and executive producers alongside Staples, Barris for Khalabo Ink Society, Corey Smyth, and Calmatic. The project offers a reunion for Edelman, Williams, and Barris, who collaborated on Kid Cudi’s animated Netflix special, Entergalactic. Calmatic will also direct the first two episodes of The Vince Staples Show.

Ian Edelman, creator of Entergalactic, and executive producer Maurice Williams will serve as co-showrunners and executive producers alongside Staples, Barris for Khalabo Ink Society, Corey Smyth, and Calmatic. The project reunites Edelman, Williams, and Barris, who all worked on Kid Cudi’s animated Netflix special, Entergalactic.

“I am thrilled to be working on The Vince Staples Show with Netflix and Kenya Barris,” Staples stated. “This is something I’ve been working on for a long time, and I’m glad it’s finally coming to completion.”

“It’s our ambition to collaborate with the finest artists in the world,” said Tracey Pakosta, Netflix Head of Comedy. Vince has already established himself as one of today’s most gifted young artists, and we’re really thrilled to see how his sensibilities – and sense of humour – will transfer into a one-of-a-kind comedy series.”

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