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Viacom partners with Facebook Watch to launch Stax on MTV in the UK

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Launching today and free to play, the quiz show will be broadcast live on the platform three times a week for ten weeks, and sees players answering pop culture questions.

Hosted by MTV news presenters such as Tinea Taylor and Tyler west, players will also have the chance to win a share of a big cash prize.

“We are always exploring new and innovative ways to engage and entertain our audiences, so we’re excited to be working with Facebook Watch as one of their first UK launch partners” commented Joanna Wells, Digital Content Vice President for MTV.

MTV UK reboots cult classic Cribs

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Launched in 2000, the original show achieved global success and included A-listers Kim Kardashian, Naomi Campbell and Beyoncé.

The revival will follow Cribs' previous format and will see popular celebrities showcasing their homes, allowing viewers an insight into their personal lives.

MTV International will also produce Geordie Cribs, five short episodes featuring past and present cast members that will air on Facebook Watch, YouTube and MTV’s international social platforms. The five-minute episodes will be available from 25th of February.

Noisy from Newcastle: Geordie Shore's success

Charlotte Crosby (Credit: MTV)

The tale of boozy, sexed-up Geordies – “I’m fit, I’m flirty and I’ve got double Fs”, as one of the cast memorably declared – has come a long way in a short time.

Geordie Shore – based on the US series Jersey Shore – first hit UK screens in May 2011 and has racked up 163 episodes. The MTV reality show has also sold abroad to more than 80 territories.

On the eve of its 18th series, Geordie Shore was put under the microscope at an RTS North East and the Border “Anatomy of a hit” event in mid-October.

New reality show The Royal World heads to MTV International

The six-part series will see nine aristocratic individuals from the UK, Russia, Austria, Nigeria, Ireland and America live together in a mansion in the British countryside.

The Royal World will take a look at their privileged lives and reveal the people behind the prestigious titles. With royal fever still abuzz following the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the series promises a glimpse at life of young royals as they navigate their way through their twenties as part of society's elite.

Geordie Shore's Charlotte Crosby lands her own reality show

Charlotte Crosby (Credit: MTV).

The tell-all show will follow Charlotte, going behind the scenes to capture heartbreak, hard work and the rekindling of relationships.

From her glamourous lifestyle travelling the world, to being herself at home, nothing will be off limits in this no holds barred series. Other famous faces are also set to make appearances.

The eight part series is set to air in March 2018.

What's next for reality TV?

MTV’s new reality offering is Spring Break With Grandad, which sees eight attractive young singletons head off to Cancun in Mexico for the “greatest vacation of their lives”. The catch? Their grandparents are coming along too.

The RTS spoke to the presenter of the show, Geordie Shore’s Gary Beadle, as well as Made in Chelsea’s Jamie Laing and TV executive Dom Bird about the popularity of the genre, and what comes next.

Single writer or showrunner: what's the best way to succeed in drama?

Hugo Blick and Gina Moriarty

It is the question that British writers and commissioners perennially ask: which system works best – the UK’s single voice or the US’s showrunner model?

Former head of BBC Worldwide Productions turned independent producer Jane Tranter tried to answer this key question with a panel of writers, who outlined their experiences to see how they compared.

She pointed out that, during her seven years in the US, it was not a subject the industry there generally debated openly.

Why Viacom is beefing up Channel 5

Philippe Dauman at this year's Cambridge Convention

The digital revolution will be televised,” argued ­Viacom chief Philippe Dauman in an upbeat address to the RTS Convention. Twelve months after the US media giant bought Channel 5 for £450m, Dauman offered a positive “end-of-term report on our first year as a British public service broadcaster”.

“Today, I am pleased to reaffirm our commitment to upholding the rights and responsibilities that entails. We pledged that we would increase investment and original creative content – we have, and will continue to do so.”