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OWN to make U.S. version of “Don’t Tell The Bride”

Joint venture cable net OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network is to make a U.S. version of Renegade Pictures' BBC3 factual entertainment series Don't Tell The Bride.
May 27, 2011

Joint venture cable net OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network is to make a U.S. version of Renegade Pictures’ BBC3 factual entertainment series Don’t Tell The Bride.

The network has commissioned Shed Media U.S. to make an eight-episode adaptation of the UK format, which is originally from Renegade and DRG.

True to the UK version, the series will give eight cash-strapped couples money to create the wedding of their dreams, the catch being that the bride and groom can’t see each other for the month leading up to the nuptials and the groom has to plan the whole wedding in secret with the help of his best man.

Discovery – which runs OWN as a JV with Winfrey’s Harpo Productions – already has links to the Renegade Pictures format, with a local version of Don’t Tell The Bride running on its lifestyle channel TLC in Norway.

The news comes after DRG earlier this year penned a host of deals for the format, including selling it to Germany’s RTL2, which commissioned an eight-episode run to be made by Eyeworks Pictures.

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Meagan Kashty is an associate editor of realscreen, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Meagan is an award-winning business journalist. Prior to joining the realscreen team, Meagan was online editor of Canadian Grocer, named Magazine of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Business Media Awards. She can be reached at mkashty@brunico.com, and you can follow her on Twitter @MegKashty

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