Zodiak Rights has picked up distribution rights for The Super (13 x 30 minutes), a series following a building manager in Nebraska; and Copycat Singers, a format in which fans imitate their idols, ahead of MIPCOM.
The Super, from Candor Entertainment, promises to blend elements from reality shows such as Hoarders, Intervention and Dirty Jobs as it follows Dave Paladino, a manager, security guard, plumber, carpenter and psychologist, who serves as a go-to guy for all his tenants and their problems. It will premiere on HDNet in the U.S. in October.
Philip Sternberg, president of Candor Entertainment, said: “The Super has immense international appeal, offering a raw, unfiltered, and candid look into America’s secret underbelly. These are the stories of the people on the fringe of society. They will shock you, they will touch you, and they will make you laugh.”
Copycat Singers, meanwhile, from Zodiak Media-owned Mastiff Sweden, was originally made for TV3 Sweden (as 8 x 60 minutes) and sees five dedicated fans competing to sing as similarly to their idols as possible, with a cash prize on offer.
Paul Martin, VP of entertainment at Zodiak Rights, said: “Copycat Singers puts a unique twist on the singing format where dedicated fans are unsuspectingly competing with their singing idol which can lead to surprising results.”
The news comes after Zodiak last week acquired the global distribution rights to Firecracker Films’ Susan Boyle: An Unlikely Superstar, as previously reported.