Extra: ITV’s magic competition; 3DD, UKTV team up

Today's 'Extra' includes a magical elimination series from Vaudeville and Crook Productions, two historical documentaries from 3DD and an Australian format deal for Lineup Industries. (Pictured: KRO-NCRV's Long Lost Family)
November 19, 2015

3DD Productions teams with UKTV for two copros
UK indie 3DD Productions has partnered with British multi-channel broadcaster UKTV for two one-off documentaries, including the hour-long Hitler’s Olympics, about the 1936 Berlin Olympics; and the 60-minute film Shakespeare: The Legacy, hosted by actor John Nettles and commemorating 400 years of playwright William Shakespeare’s legacy. Both documentaries will premiere on UKTV channel Yesterday in 2016. The indie’s biggest series to date, Murder Maps (4 x 60 minutes), will debut on Yesterday on November 24, and enjoy a U.S. premiere early next year.

Long Lost Family heads down under
Australian free-to-air broadcaster Network Ten has begun production on a localized adaptation of Dutch pubcaster KRO-NCRV’s Long Lost Family (pictured), in which people reunite with their loved ones after a prolonged period apart. The local version of the series will be produced by Melbourne-based WTFN and is slated to premiere in early 2016. Long Lost Family is distributed by Amsterdam-headquartered indie distributor Lineup Industries.

ITV enlists the magic of Vaudeville Productions, Crook Productions
UK broadcaster ITV has ordered the 6 x 60-minute elimination series The Next Great Magician, in which the world’s best magicians compete using their greatest tricks for a chance to win their own television special on ITV. The series, which is set to bow summer 2016, is a copro between illusionist Derren Brown’s Vaudeville Productions and Crook Productions, a subsidiary of Andrew O’Connor and ITV Studios’ Cat’s On The Roof Media. Executive producers include O’Connor, Brown and Matt Crook.

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