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‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Winner Willow Pill on Historic Win: “This Is My Future and Reign, and It Goes How I Want It to Go”

Willow Pill made history this year when she won season 14 of RuPaul’s Drag Race, becoming the first disabled or chronically ill person (she’s diagnosed with the rare genetic disorder cystinosis) to take home the crown, as well as the first trans non-All Stars winner, having come out during her run on the show. Fans […]

Sony Plans Major Unscripted Content Expansion With $350M Deal for Industrial Media

Sony Pictures Television is making a strategic push into unscripted content, buying a majority stake in Industrial Media that values the company at $350 million. Industrial Media was formed in 2018 in a merger between Core Media Group and Eli Holzman’s The Intellectual Property Corp. (IPC), with Crestview Partners, BlackRock and UTA among its investors. […]

Fredrik Eklund on Why It Was “The Right Moment” to Exit ‘Million Dollar Listing’ Franchise (Exclusive)

On Monday, Fredrik Eklund of Douglas Elliman announced on Instagram that he was leaving Bravo’s Million Dollar Listing New York and Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles after 11 seasons. “I let Andy [Cohen], the producers and executives know last week how grateful I am,” Eklund wrote. “Eternally grateful, I mean what an incredible run we […]

‘Selling Sunset’ Star Emma Hernan: “I’ve Had to Prove Myself More Than Most”

Selling Sunset, the hit Netflix reality show about high-priced real estate in Los Angeles has welcomed two new castmembers for season four: Mexican telenovela actress-turned-real estate agent Vanessa Villela and food-product entrepreneur Emma Hernan. “I joke that Oppenheim Group is Game of Homes,” says the latter of working at the Los Angeles real-estate agency at […]

Texas Bans Reality TV Crews From Riding With Police

If reality cop shows ever make a comeback, they’ll have to do so outside of Texas. The state’s governor, Greg Abbott, on Wednesday signed a bill that would bar law enforcement agencies in Texas from contracting with TV producers to film officers on duty “for the purpose of creating a reality television show” (the text […]

Critics’ Conversation: The Exhilarating Stupidity of Netflix’s ‘The Circle’

Two THR critics delve into 'The Circle,' analyzing just what makes this Netflix reality TV show so brilliantly stupid, trashily satisfying and surprisingly moving.

WarnerMedia Names Dutch Exec Annelies Sitvast Head of HBO Max Unscripted for Europe, Middle East, Africa

Sitvast, who joins WarnerMedia from Dutch channel Net 5, will commission non-scripted and reality shows for WarnerMedia's HBO Max as it prepares to launch across Europe.

MIPTV: Nonscripted Shows Heating Up the Digital Market

A look at the top reality TV formats at the 2021 digital MIPTV market aiming to be the next big thing in non-scripted entertainment. "Buyers are very open to the crazy idea, nothing is too crazy right now."

MIPTV: David Beckham Talks Soccer, Disney+ and His No. 1 Career Moment 

The soccer star spoke of his legacy as a professional athlete and his future as a television producer in a free-ranging and highly personal keynote address for digital MIPTV.

MIPTV: Love, Dogs and Lockdown – the Reality Trends Driving the Global TV Market

Viewer response to COVID-19 has led to a shift in reality TV, with more warm and fuzzy formats hitting the global market at digital MIPTV this year, sparking trends that will continue to shape television post-pandemic.

Menudo Plots Its Return — as a Reality Competition TV Series

Universal Television Alternative Studio is ready to create the next version of the iconic boy band Menudo. The studio, fronted by Toby Gorman, has acquired the rights to Menudo, an hourlong, weekly competition series that will search for and rebuild the band that gave Ricky Martin his start. A network is not yet attached. Mario […]

‘Tiger King,’ ‘Love Is Blind’ Signal Reality Is “Next Battleground” for Streamers, Report Finds

'Tiger King' and 'Love is Blind' signal a new digital reality TV boom, with research showing unscripted series are one of the most commissioned genres among streaming platforms.