MIPCOM ’15: TVN takes Scripps’ “Kitchen Crashers”, launches OTT originals

The popular DIY Network series and format, in which kitchens are transformed over the space of a weekend, heads to the Scripps-owned Polish TV network as part of the first major content deal between the two parties.
October 7, 2015

Kitchen Crashers, part of the popular Crashers franchise airing on Scripps’ DIY Network, is headed to Poland, with a local version to be produced for Scripps-owned Polish network TVN.

The local Polish version of the series, titled Polowanie na kuchnię, will feature journalist, interior designer and renovation expert Dorota Szelągowska, and follow her as she surprises unsuspecting shoppers at home improvement stores with the opportunity to have their kitchens transformed over the course of one weekend.

Production on the Polish Kitchen Crashers will begin at the end of this year, with the show slated to air on TVN Style in the spring of 2016.

As part of the deal, the first major content pact since Scripps took a controlling stake in the Polish media group in July, TVN Group is also airing assorted other Scripps series across its portfolio, including House Crashers and Rehab Addict, headed to TVN Style; Backroad Gold, headed to TVN Turbo; and Hotel Impossible, to air on TTV.

“This particular franchise is an exciting one,” said Jim Samples, president of international for Scripps Networks Interactive, in a conversation with realscreen in Cannes. “I think it’s one that’s easily localized, and it’s a format that can be replicated and made very relevant for different markets.

“But there are certainly other formats [that could be localized], and we’re letting TVN lead that process,” he added. They’re excitedly going through our library, and have access to our archives and are looking for ideas.”

“This is a great first step in bringing two trusted brands together,” said Markus Tellenbach, president and CEO of TVN SA, in a statement. “We are excited to adapt a widely successful U.S. format like Kitchen Crashers for our Polish viewers and think it will be very well received. ”

During a morning press conference on Wednesday (October 7), the newly-private TVN also announced the launch of a slate of OTT originals for its service. Currently boasting 1.3 million registered users, the streaming platform will exclusively feature unscripted titles such romantic docureality series My Love Story and millennial-skewing format Start U Up, as well as Polish versions of Web Therapy and Viacom format Lip Sync Battle.

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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.