Atlas, BBC Worldwide, Keshet seal format deals

Keshet International's UK version of Girlfri3nds (pictured) heads to Canada and Australia, while Atlas Media picks up the format rights to Wham Bam Scam and BBC Worldwide sells Dancing with the Stars into Costa Rica
January 28, 2014

Keshet International’s UK version of Girlfri3nds (pictured) is heading to Canada and Australia, while Atlas Media has picked up the format rights to Wham Bam Scam and BBC Worldwide has sold Dancing with the Stars into Costa Rica.

Keshet International has sold the UK version of its dating format Girlfri3nds to broadcasters in Canada and Australia. TVA Group in Canada picked up the first two seasons of the ITV2 version, to air on its MOI&cie subscription channel, while Foxtel acquired season one for its Lifestyle YOU channel.

Girlfri3nds  follows three women’s quest to help each other find their mate, and captures the good, bad, and ugly as they whittle down their choices to three.

Meanwhile, New York-based Atlas Media has licensed the German format Wham Bam Scam for the U.S. from Global Screen. The scripted reality series, which originally aired on Germany’s RTL, features stories of people lying and cheating.

Finally, BBC Worldwide has licensed the Dancing with the Stars format to Costa Rican broadcaster Teletica.

Teletica will produce the local version, which will air later this year. Actor and Dancing with the Stars Panama judge David Martinez will join the judging panel on the Teletica version.

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