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Hat Trick sets up “Dinner Date” down under

Hat Trick International has completed a deal to sell the format for culinary dating show Dinner Date into Australia, with Seven Network set to premiere a local version from July 26.
July 20, 2011

Hat Trick International has completed a deal to sell the format for culinary dating show Dinner Date into Australia, with Seven Network set to premiere a local version from July 26.

The show sees a single person invited to be a guest at three dinners, each cooked by a blind date, and originally aired on ITV1 in the UK, where it peaked with an audience of 1.55 million viewers, according to Hat Trick.

Seven Network Australia joins Direct 8 in France, which has also created a local version of the show and is currently airing its second season in primetime.

In addition, the 30 x 60-minute first UK finished series of Dinner Date has been acquired by BBC Lifestyle Africa, Vitaya Belgium, Nelonen Finland, RTE Ireland and BBC Lifestyle Poland. Hat Trick International has retained worldwide distribution rights for the Australian and French versions.

Hat Trick International director of sales Sarah Tong said: “Food and dating shows remain popular the world over. So, as a combination of the two, Dinner Date appeals to both fan bases.”

Hat Trick International is the distribution arm of UK indie Hat Trick.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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