CEE networks pick up “Hell’s Kitchen,” “Dancing On Ice”

Broadcasters in Lithuania and Estonia have commissioned local versions of the ITV Studios Global Entertainment formats Hell's Kitchen (pictured) and Dancing On Ice respectively.
July 3, 2012

Broadcasters in Lithuania and Estonia have acquired the rights to ITV Studios Global Entertainment (ITVS GE) formats Hell’s Kitchen (pictured) and Dancing On Ice to produce local versions.

Lithuania’s BTV has commissioned Hell’s Kitchen, which will be produced by a local production company and air in September. The format, in its 10th season on Fox in the United States, is a competitive cooking reality show that airs in more than 350 territories including the United Kingdom, Belgium, Ukraine and Denmark.

Kanal 2 in Estonia has picked up Dancing On Ice, which will be produced by a local production company and air in October. The competitive ice skating format stars 10 celebrities with little or no experience of skating who are coached by well-known champions. The series has aired in 13 countries, including Turkey, Russia, Australia and Norway.

Hell’s Kitchen and Dancing on Ice have already enjoyed ratings success in Ukraine and Greece respectively,” said Tobi de Graaff, director global television dstribution for ITVS GE. “These further commissions illustrate that broadcasters in Central and Eastern Europe value the depth of our format catalog and the expertise we’ve got to offer when adapting a big primetime hit to suit smaller budgets, while making sure the show maintains all its thrills.”

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