Armoza Formats has sold the unconventional celebrity interview format How to Be in 10 territories, including Italy’s Mediaset and Norway’s NRK.
The format rights have also been closed with FremantleMedia, Endemol, Zodiak, and ITV Studios for the U.S. and various European territories, according to Armoza.
Created by Israel’s Artza Productions in collaboration with Armoza Formats, the format takes an unconventional journalist host and a celebrity and swaps their roles. The journalist effectively “becomes” the celebrity by immersing himself in the star’s world, even going as far as to physically transform himself into the celeb.
Several pilot and commission deals are currently in negotiation, with production slated to start in early 2013.
“How to Be was our biggest hit this MIPCOM,” said Avi Armoza, CEO of Armoza Formats, in a statement. “Its original twist on the familiar interview premise was a winner with a wide range of our clients and broadcasters. Above all, How to Be allows our favorite people and public figures to tell their personal, emotional, true story in their own words – what could be more compelling TV?”