TV

“Rising Star,” “Chef at Your Door” head to Ukraine

Producer-distributor Keshet International has sold a local version of its talent show format Rising Star (pictured) to Ukraine's free-to-air channel 1+1 Ukraine, while Small World IFT has penned a Ukrainian deal for Chef at Your Door.
March 19, 2014

Producer-distributor Keshet International has sold local versions of its talent show format Rising Star (pictured) to Greek net Mega and Ukraine’s free-to-air channel 1+1 Ukraine, with both shows slated to air later this year.

While 1+1 Ukraine will have a multi-season deal starting with a 15 x 90 minute first series produced by Studio Kvartal 95, Mega has commissioned 14 episodes to start, with an as-yet-unannounced local producer. The Greek net also acquired Keshet’s children’s singing show Master Class, to air between late 2014 and 2015.

Rising Star, which has sold to more than 25 territories, is an interactive talent show that allows real-time voting by viewers through a free app that is fully integrated into the show. Home audiences have a direct hand in many of the decisions regarding the performers.

In related news, Ukrainian national broadcaster Inter has commissioned two seasons of the culinary format Chef at Your Door (16 x 45 minutes) from Small World IFT.

Due to premiere on Saturday (March 22), the local version is being produced by 07 Productions and will air under the title Neighbour for Dinner. The series features a host traveling around the country to challenge two neighboring families to create a meal with a celebrity chef and surprise ingredient in a set time period.

The format was originally created by Germany’s Tresor TV and airs on Gulli in France and TVP1 in Poland, where it is produced by Rochstar and airs under the title Sąsiad na widelcu.

In 2012, the Los Angeles-and-London-based Small World IFT signed a strategic expansion deal with entertainment company Content Media Corporation to grow it into a global format sales company.

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