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The MIPTV 2015 Shoppers Guide

WIth MIPDoc kicking off in Cannes on Saturday (April 11) followed by MIPTV on April 13, realscreen presents its annual round-up of new non-fiction titles from distributors heading to the Croisette. (Pictured: Passion Distribution's Make You Laugh Out Loud)
April 6, 2015

With MIPDoc kicking off in Cannes on Saturday (April 11) followed by MIPTV on April 13, realscreen presents its annual round-up of new non-fiction and unscripted titles from distributors heading to the Croisette. 

Autentic Distribution

The Cologne-based distributor’s slate includes titles for its ‘Motor Machine’ genre – the latest addition to Autentic’s portfolio. The banner is comprised of the 52-minute doc Macao Gladiators, on the Macao Grand Prix; RTL II’s fact ent series Grip – Beat the Speed, which explores different aspects of the motorized world; and the 45-minute doc The Streamliner Case – Recreating the Mercedes Benz 540K, on the resurrection of an automotive legend.

Elsewhere, Autentic’s natural history offerings include the 52-minute doc Wild River Rhine, which takes viewers from the mouth to the source of the Rhine, as well as the 45-minute doc Poppy’s Promise, which uses camera techniques to explore the world of hamsters and other small critters living in fields.

Beyond Distribution

The international distributor is to launch a line up of content from Canada, the U.S. and Australia at MIP, with Bristow Global Media’s Hockey Wives: Married To the Game - which follows the wives and partners of professional ice hockey players – leading the slate. Also headed to Cannes is Great Pacific Media’s competition renovation series Game of Homes, where four couples must transform derelict houses into show homes for the chance to win the home; and the Follow Productions-made Pati’s Mexican Table, in which Pati Jinich explores the authentic ingredients of Mexican cuisine.

Meanwhile, documentaries include Thought Films’ Beyond Siberia – Riding The Road Of Bones, which follows a group of adventure motorcycle riders pushing themselves and their bikes across 30,000 kilometres for four months; Mad Hive Media’s Transforming Gender, which explores how transgender people are battling discrimination; Bountiful Films’ The Truth About Female Desire, which looks at a generation of women and their sexual expectations; and Dream Street Pictures’ Wild & Dangerous, which explores the issues and controversy around ordinary people turning wild exotic animals into pets.

Finally, Beyond’s roster also features new episodes of franchises such as 7 Productions’ My France With Manu, in which Manu Feildel shares the food, wine and culture of France; Anh Does Italy – also from 7Productions – which follows Anh Do’s adventures in Italy; and Infield Fly Productions’ Myth Or Science: You Are What You Eat, in which Dr. Jennifer Gardy tests common food claims on herself.

Blue Ant - What's for Sale

What’s For Sale…With a View?

Blue Ant International

The Canadian distributor is Palais-bound with more than 100 hours of factual content – its largest slate to date. Series and documentaries include The Big Feed (13 x 30 minutes, 4K), which chronicles the challenges of feeding animals in the zoo; Paranormal Survivor (10 x 60 minutes, HD), which details real-life encounters with the supernatural; Prank You (6 x 30 minutes, HD), on a troupe of pranksters trying to outdo one another; and What’s For Sale… With A View? (pictured, left; 13 x 30 minutes), which follows buyers looking for their dream homes.

Remaining series and docs are Different Drummer: Celebrating Eccentrics (1 x 60 minutes, HD, and 1 x 90 minutes, HD), billed as “a celebration of those who are truly different from the rest of us” and, according to a 10-year study, their increased longevity in life;  and Cities in Blue (8 x 60 minutes, HD), which explores the evolution of one of America’s most iconic music styles.

Meanwhile, Blue Ant International also has a number of new seasons of continuing series. They include Cosmic Vistas Season 5 (6 x 30 minutes, HD), which offers a new perspective on the solar system; and Hope For Wildlife Season 6 (13 x 60 minutes, HD), which follows Hope Swinimer, her staff and volunteers as they rescue, rehabilitate, and release thousands of animals each year while struggling to make ends meet.

Other series include My Retreat Season 2 (13 x 30 minutes, HD), which takes viewers along some of the world’s most scenic shorelines, riverbanks and mountainsides; and What’s For Sale? Season 2 (13 x 30 minutes, HD), in which families look to purchase their dream getaways with the help of realtor Rob Serediuk.

Entertainment One Television

Factual and unscripted projects from eOne include David Attenborough’s The Great Barrier Reef from Atlantic Productions, in which the titular natural history presenter explores the world’s largest living structure.

Other factual series being shopped in Cannes include: Mummies Alive; A Night on Earth: Africa; Tornado Hunters; Journey to the Center of the Brain; Drug Wars; Sports on Fire; Emergency and See No Evil.

FremantleMedia

RTL Group-owned FremantleMedia brings a range of formats to MIPTV this year, including the series The Most Beautiful Woman, which invites women of all ages and backgrounds to take part in a national competition designed to recognize the many faces of beauty; Chef on the Block, which sees professional restaurateurs visit each other’s restaurants and score the restaurants’ food, décor and overall service; 10 Questions You Wouldn’t Ask on a First Date, a reality dating quiz show in which participants on a date can win money by answering heavy-hitting questions about one another correctly; and The Trade Off, in which two professionals from different working environments swap jobs and salaries for two weeks.

Additional formats on the roster include Dogs: Their Secret Lives, in which dogs are filmed at home without their owners on hand to have their behaviors analyzed by a veterinary expert; game show format Cash or Splash, which sees contestants compete for cash prizes by answering questions and completing physical challenges in order to avoid being plunged into frigid water; and finally the dating format Extreme Love - originally created by Israel’s Studio Glam – in which a group of suitors must prove their survival skills to impress a potential date.

FremantleMedia International

The global distribution arm of FremantleMedia brings to the Croisette titles from a variety of genres, including documentaries and lifestyle programming.

Within factual, FMI’s slate includes the CNN, Playtone and Herzog and Company-produced The Seventies (8 x 60 minutes), which examines the tumultuous decade in the U.S.; Koda Communications and Warrior Poets-made Connected (20 x 30 minutes), on the self-filmed journey of six New Yorkers; and Image Impact’s Nigel Marven’s Cruise Ship Adventures (6 x 60 minutes), in which the adventurer makes pit stops along cruise routes to explore animal species.

An Hour to Save Your Life

An Hour to Save Your Life

Remaining factual titles are the Unbreakable International Production-made Bondi Ink (10 x 60 minutes), on the dynamics of an Australian tattoo shop; and the Boundless-produced An Hour to Save Your Life (pictured, right; 6 x 60 minutes), on the critical first hours of emergency medicine.

Elsewhere, lifestyle offerings include Fresh One’s Jamie and Jimmy’s Food Fight Club (6 x 60 minutes), on friends Jamie Oliver and Jimmy Doherty’s culinary endeavors; and FremantleMedia Australia’s Made in Italy with Silvia Colloca (10 x 30 minutes), on the chef’s trips off the beaten track in Europe.

Finally, entertainment titles for FMI include the Thames and Syco-made Planet’s Got Talent (6 x 30 minutes), featuring global highlights from the Got Talent franchise; Thames and Syco’s Britain’s Got Talent (season nine); the Talkback-produced The Keith Lemon Sketch Show (8 x 60 minutes), in which the comedian carries out pop culture spoofs; 495 Productions’ Party Down South (seasons one to three; 40 x 60 minutes), about a group of personalities uniting for a summer in South Carolina; 3BirdMedia’s property series Who Lives Here (10 x 30 minutes); and the Thames Productions-made dating series Take Me Out (8 x 75 minutes).

GRB Entertainment
The producer-distributor has several factual and unscripted projects on tap for MIPTV, including comical clip show Dick Clark’s Bloopers (40 x 30 minutes); the 28 x 30-minute Northern Mysteries, exploring strange facts and mysterious legends; Beyond Human Limits (6 x 60 minutes) which examines strange phenomena such as stigmata and exorcisms; the adventure series Expeditions to the Edge (13 x 60 minutes); and the second season of Full Force Nature (12 x 30 minutes).

Also being shopped this year are the Fox soccer series My Beautiful Game (6 x 30 minutes), and two one-offs: The World Class (60 minutes), which follows four international students who are part of a “global network university”, and Six Degrees of Helter Skelter (105 minutes), which examines the connections between the notorious Manson “family” and Hollywood’s elite.

Looking Glass International

The Australian distributor is headlining its roster of MIPTV content with the reality format The Fashion Hero (13 x 60 minutes) – created and produced by Caroline Bernier and Beauty World Search – which is both an international promotional casting event as well as a television show and series.

Elsewhere, The Precint Studios-produced lifestyle series Restaurant Australia (3 x 60 minutes) follows chefs Neil Perry, Ben Shewry and Peter Gilmore on a culinary journey around the country, while the Tauana Films-produced wildlife series Lionheart (6 x 60 minutes) documents the friendship between Val Gruener and Sirga, a young lioness who was born in captivity and abandoned as a cub.

Orange Smarty

The UK-based indie distributor’s slate includes the six-part travel adventure series African Motorcycle Diaries as well as three seasons of Channel 4′s A Place In The Sun.

Orange Smarty is also bringing a number of one-offs, including the Knickerbockerglory-produced Online and Lying and the Zig Zag Productions-made 40 Year Old Virgins, as well as True Visions’ Curing Cancer, Looking After Mum, Growing Up Poor and No Place to Call Home.

Finally, the company’s arts titles include Hermitage Revealed, Madam and the Dying Swan and the second season of Exhibition On Screen.

Passion Distribution

London-headquartered distributor Passion heads to Cannes with a variety of entertainment and factual programming, documentaries and formats.

The slate features the animal-themed user-generated clip (UGC) series Make You Laugh Out Loud (pictured above; 7 x 60 minutes); Strange Medicine (12 x 30 minutes), which follows Dr. Juan Rivera, who investigates exotic medicines and cures; and Avec Eric (12 x 30 minutes), which looks at the professional life and lifestyle of chef Eric Ripert.

Documentaries include Dara O’Briain Meets Stephen Hawking (1 x 60 minutes), in which O’Briain is granted exclusive access to the academic. The one-hour doc is produced for the BBC by Rain Media Entertainment and Big Red Productions.

Formats headed to Cannes include GSN game show Idiotest, in which two pairs of contestants have the opportunity to face off in several rounds of deceptively simple brain teasers, as well as Family Quiz Box, which sees four families playing the same quiz at the same time from their homes.

Peace Point Entertainment

Canadian distributor Peace Point Entertainment’s MIPTV slate includes Escape or Die!, a 12 x 30-minute docuseries following escape artist Dean Gunnarson as he travels the world and preps his death-defying stunts.

Also on the adrenaline-stoking front, Peace Point is shopping Ice Racer Showdown (12 x 60 minutes), in which, according to Peace Point, “over-confident nine-to-fivers battle each other on ice covered obstacle courses and race-tracks.” Frontier Vets, meanwhile, is a 13 x 30-minute series in which eight final-year veterinary students take on the operation of an animal clinic in a remote community.

The Peace Point factual slate also features second seasons of Colin and Justin’s Cabin Pressure  (13 x 30 minutes) and Bake with Anna Olsen (20 x 30 minutes), and the one-off In Space: 50 Years of Space Exploration.

Red Arrow International

Santas in the Barn

Santas in the Barn

The global distributor arrives in France with reality formats such as Real Men, in which five men – all with regular jobs and families – are put on an intense training regime to improve their health over five months. The format was originally created for Danish broadcaster DR1 by Fjernsynsforeningen.

Also within the factual slate is Santas in the Barn (pictured, left). The Half Yard Productions-made show sees 10 aspiring Santas duke it out in a barn over a number of “festive” challenges to earn the title of the ultimate Santa. Elsewhere, Red Arrow International brings Seo Entertainment-created format Meet My Idol, in which talented children are given the chance to meet and train with their heroes; and the hit Married at First Sight, which sees singles married to strangers at the altar. The series was originally created for DR3 and DR1 by Snowman Productions, and over in the U.S., Kinetic Content produces the show for FYI.

Rounding out the reality selections is 3 AM, in which six characters are tracked over a single night in a major city, building up to 3 a.m. when something important happens to at least one of the subjects. The series was created and produced by Left/Right for Showtime.

Studio Glam

The Israeli format shop has several formats being shopped by other distributors (including the aforementioned Extreme Love, distributed by FremantleMedia), and is self-distributing I Spy, a hidden-camera game show that turns three contestants into spies for a day, recreating challenges pulled from the world of espionage.

Formats being shopped by other distributors include The Selfie Challenge (distributed by Dori Media Group) and Dance With Me (handled by Global Agency).

Tuvalu Media

The Amsterdam-based media company is bringing four titles to MIPTV. Kicking off the slate is Cover Me Classic, in which classical musicians and the nation’s best pop artists get to know each other and interpret each other’s favorite songs. Meanwhile, the game show The Pit - a co-development between Tuvalu and Moser & Van Leeuwen – sees contestants answering 16 questions with the help of various groups such as athletes or housewives in order to win a grand prize.

Meanwhile, the reality entertainment series The Catch finds eight couples competing in fishing challenges in which they must cook their catches on the spot in front of a jury, while talent show I Did It My Way presents contestants performing hit songs in innovative and unexpected genres.

(With files from Barry Walsh)

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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