The MIPTV 2016 Shopper’s Guide, part one

Realscreen's Global 100 has been revealed, our MIPTV Picks have been selected, and it's time now to hit the Croisette. Here, we present our annual round-up of new non-fiction and unscripted titles from distributors heading to the Côte d'Azur.
March 31, 2016

Realscreen’s Global 100 has been unveiled, our MIPTV Picks have been selected, and it’s time now to hit the Croisette for the annual MIPDoc and MIPTV markets. Here, realscreen presents its annual round-up of new non-fiction and unscripted titles from distributors heading to the Côte d’Azur this weekend, and into next week. 


As part of its slate, the Israeli formats developer brings six new unscripted series to Cannes this spring.

Among the MIPTV-bound titles is the in-house produced docu-reality program The Foodies (60 minutes), tracing a group of foodies as they explore new restaurant dishes; game show Wrecking Ball (60 minutes; Armoza, Shenhar Productions and Volley Formats), in which contestants face off against wrecking balls and increasingly difficult questions for a chance to win a cash prize; dating series Date in Reverse (60 minutes; Shenhar Productions and Volley Formats), in which single people experience meaningful relationship milestones in a single day in reverse; lifestyle series The Running Show (30 minutes; Armoza, Sohu and Zipi Rozenblum), a talk show in which the host jogs alongside a variety of celebrity guests; and fact-ent series Marry Me Now (60 minutes; Armoza and Zipi Rozenblum), which follows a different woman as she secretly prepares for a wedding without her groom-to-be’s knowledge and then makes a surprise proposal.

Additionally, docu-reality series Local Heroes (60 minutes; Geronimo for Belgium’s VTM), follows a city’s defence teams, including firefighters, paramedics, bomb squads and drug task forces. The format has already been acquired in the Netherlands and Austria as a ready-made series. A sophomore season has been commissioned for VTM.

Autentic Distribution's Mafia Queens

Autentic Distribution’s Mafia Queens


The Cologne-based distributor is gearing up to introduce the south of France to its new lineup of mafia prima donnas, dictators’ offspring and outrageous adventures.

Topping the slate are Children of Dictators (4 x 52 minutes; Autentic and Spot Productions), providing an exclusive look into the lives of dictators’ offspring from across the globe; and Italian series Mafia Queens (4 x 52 minutes; DocLab/Media Mediterranea and A&E Networks, Leonardo Film, La Compagnie Des Taxi Brousse and Autentic), profiling the lives and criminal careers of female mob bosses.

Elsewhere, Autentic Distribution will also launch a number of documentaries, including Jan Haft’s Magical Moors (1 x 90 minutes, 2 x 45 minutes; Nautilusfilm, BR), featuring various wetland locations across Europe and the wildlife they support; Alistair Lee’s The Citadel (1 x 60 minutes; Posing Production), a portrait of the first ascent of the Citadel Mountain in 4K; and Jan Tenhaven’s Berlin from Above (1 x 52 minutes, 1 x 90 minutes), showcasing the German city from a bird’s-eye-view in 4K.


The distribution arm of Blue Ant Media acquired 75 hours of unscripted content ahead of MIPTV, including titles from Our House Media, Farmhouse Productions and Gryphon Productions.

Among the distributor’s newly acquired factual entertainment series are Airport Impossible (10 x 60 minutes; Our House Media), a behind-the-scenes look at the world’s fastest growing airport; reno show Brojects in the House (13 x 30 minutes; Farmhouse Productions); 100 Day Bach (8 x 30 minutes; Stripe Media), on the building of the ultimate holiday home; and supernatural series Bigfoot Commandos (6 x 60 minutes; Gryphon Productions).

Addition titles include Wrecking Plan (13 x 30 minutes; Hopelite Entertainment), featuring a team of “rough men” dismantling aircraft; landmarks series National Parks Secrets and Legends (8 x 30 minutes; Galafilm); wildlife program New Zealand Hunter Adventures (10 x 60 minutes; New Zealand Hunter Magazine); fish-to-feast series Fish of the Day (10 x 30 minutes; Wild Film); and DIY program Post My Party (13 x 30 minutes; Blue Ant Media and General Purpose Entertainment).

In addition to the factual entertainment series, Blue Ant International also picked up two new doc series: Network Entertainment’s The Cowboy (2 x 45 minutes, plus 1 x 90 minutes) and Distraction Entertainment’s I Am What I Play (1 x 90 minutes).

The distributor will also be bringing Arcadia Entertainment’s 4K series America Over the Edge (13 x  60 minutes) to MIPTV, in addition to to a new season of the prodco’s Hope for Wildlife series. (From Playback)


Heading the list of new series from the London-based indie distributor is the documentary Hitler the Junkie (1 x 60 minutes; Waddell Media for Channel 4, National Geographic Channel International), which examines the more than 70 medications Hitler was taking during the last nine years of his life, and explores whether they played a role in his erratic behavior.

Other titles include World’s Best Beaches (6 x 60 minutes; Wildbear Entertainment), offering photography and archive video to reveal remarkable destinations; and Hell’s Satans (8 x 30 minutes; Standard Arts Inc. for Fusion Network), which shadows a moped gang from Virginia.

Also headed to MIPTV is the veterinarian series Pet Medics: New Zealand (10 x 30 minutes; Rogue Productions), shadowing animal doctors as they make home visits to local islands to care for a variety of creatures; and parenting series Growing Up McGhee (8 x 30 minutes; Figure 8 Films for Up Entertainment), which highlights the challenges of raising sextuplets.

Gil Formats' Breaking the Dress Code

Gil Formats’ Breaking the Dress Code


The IAC-owned distributor is Palais-bound with more than 100 hours of factual content and original series developed by Electus, its creative partners and series acquired through third parties for international distribution.

The firm’s new block of television programming includes Separation Anxiety (14 x 60 minutes; for TBS), a comedic, relationship-based game show where one contestant thinks they’re on a small Internet game show worth US$2,500 while their partner is on the main stage playing for the actual US$250,000 prize; and Winsanity (40 x 60 minutes; for GSN), a game show in which contestants organize a stack of facts in numerical order to win a prize for himself and the audience.

Remaining series and documentaries include 9/11: 15 Years Later (1 x 120 minutes; for TBD), Jules and Gedeon Naudet’s documentary recounting the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center; Swab Stories (8 x 30 minutes; for VH1), following a mobile DNA lab delivering life-changing news in the middle of traffic; Mom vs. Matchmaker (18 x 30 minutes; for Myx TV), pitting a matchmaker with an opinionated mom to handpick suitors for the mother’s children; Jerusalem (1 x 45; for theatrical release), a Benedict Cumberbatch-narrated doc that explores the iconic sites of Israel’s capital city; and Shawn Rech and Brandon Kimber’s true crime doc A Murder in the Park (1 x 90 minutes; for U.S. theatrical release, Showtime and Netflix), about a former death-row inmate given clemency due to the efforts of a college journalism program.


This market will be the second Cannes outing for the Israeli prodco’s fledgling distribution arm, which launched in August. Gil Formats’ MIPTV entry is what CEO Assaf Gil calls “a breath of fresh air to fashion shows around the world.”

The fact ent format Breaking the Dress Code features three fashion stylists competing to find the one perfect outfit for a well-known personality.

Once the identity of a famous guest is revealed to the stylists, the troupe embarks on a three-hour race to compile an outfit “that gives the most accurate statement about the inner self” of the celebrity. The guest is to then fashion the three outfits before deciding on their top pick.

Kabo International's Hot Pepper

Kabo International’s Hot Pepper


French distributor Kabo International will be in Cannes with the game show format Hot Pepper, which was recently acquired from Montreal’s Avanti Ciné Vidéo.

The daily 56 x 30-minute primetime comedy format, which currently airs daily on Canadian broadcaster TVA Network, features a rotating cast of three comedians who compete each week in a series of amusing games focused on the day’s topics, politics and pop culture for the chance to win the audience’s vote and be named “hot pepper” for best one-liners and jokes.

Kabo International will work in association with Les distributions Avanti Ciné Vidéo on the rollout of the show as it extends its reach internationally.

Other titles presented to buyers at this year’s MIPTV market include Who’s Who?, which premieres April 1 on Sweden’s SVT, and Ciao Darwin, which has been airing its seventh season on Mediaset’s Canale 5 in Italy since March 18.


Launched at MIPCOM in 2013 by founder and MD Karen Young, the Brighton, UK-based boutique distributor is back in Cannes with a number of factual offerings.

Headlining the slate is Sex in Strange Places (3 x 60 minutes; True Vision for BBC3), an investigative series in which presenter Stacey Dooley travels to Turkey, Russia and Brazil to reveal the complexities of sex work in these territories. Meanwhile, Addicts Symphony (1 x 63 minutes; Big Mountain for C4) finds James McConnel uniting ten classical musicians struggling with addiction for a one-off performance with the London Symphony Orchestra.

Elsewhere, How the Rich Live Longer (1 x 52 minutes; ITN for Channel 4) finds Dr. Christian Jessen of Embarrassing Bodies exploring a health industry that caters to the rich, while Country Strife: Abz on the Farm (4 x 30 minutes; Tin Can Island for BBC) follows ex-boy band rapper Abz of Five fame and his girlfriend exchanging city life for a new start in the country.

Lastly, F2 Kicks Off (16 x 30 minutes; Renowned for London Live) finds the pioneers behind the ‘Football Freestyle’ movement, Jeremy Lynch and Billy Wingrove, bringing their stunts to the streets.


ProSiebenSat.1 Media-owned distributor Red Arrow International comes to this year’s market equipped with a slate of factual series and formats.

Highlighted formats in the package include My Diet is Better Than Yours (8 x 60 minutes; Kinetic Content & Milojo Productions for ABC), pitting diet experts against one another to help contestants lose weight; dating experiment Kiss Bang Love (Snowman Productions Redseven Entertainment for Prosieben), in which blindfolded singles kiss a group of strangers before choosing one for a romantic getaway; Radio Face (Third Street Studios for BBC), turning ordinary people into TV stars as they debate and share stories while going about their daily lives; social experiment The Day the Cash Came (CPL Productions for BBC), which tests whether low-income people can be trusted to make financial decisions by gifting them a year’s salary in one lump sum with no strings attached; competitive wedding dress series All Hail The Veil (3 x 60 minutes; Half Yard Productions for Channel 4); and comedy game show format Safeword (STV Productions And GroupM Entertainment for ITV2).

Within factual and fact-ent, Red Arrow’s slate includes The Hairy Builder (15 x 30 minutes; CPL Productions for BBC2), a travelogue exploring Britain’s most fascinating buildings; travel series Destination Unlimited (26 x 30 minutes; 7Stories); Mavericks Unlimited (26 x 30 minutes; 7Stories), an adventure series featuring the world’s biggest, fastest and most dangerous machines, buildings and cars; and My Selfie Life (10 x 22 minutes; Nerd TV for Fusion), offering an intimate portrait of young people’s lives.


Amsterdam-based Talpa Global is set to bring 10 formats in a variety of genres to Cannes. Among them is the Dutch celebrity singing competition series It Takes 2, which sees nine stars paired with three professional singers with the intention of forming the ultimate musical group.

Survival competition series SOS: Survival of the Sexes, meanwhile, sees six couples divided into two groups as they journey through the wilderness for 21 days. The format will launch after MIPTV in the Netherlands, but has already generated buzz worldwide.

Additional titles include education series Back2School; This is Not a Hotel, in which young adults who still live at home are forced to stand on their own for the first time; True Traders, a reality competition series in which five competing teams compete to be the best at buying and selling products online; musical reality format Lip Sync Masters; and dance competition Battle on the Dance Floor.

The firm’s slate will also include two projects made in partnership with Vorst Media, including Because We Care, a factual format in which caregivers receive assistance; and The Innocence Project, which follows former convicts who have been acquitted of falsely accused crimes.

TVF International's Inside Buckingham Palace

TVF International’s Inside Buckingham Palace


The London-based distributor will attend the French marketplace with more than 400 hours of new non-scripted programming.

Kicking off the slate is Inside Buckingham Palace (2 x 46 minutes; Wildfire TV for Channel 5), revealing what happens behind the grand exterior of the London landmark; season three of The Food Files (13 x 30 minutes; ActiveTV), following Nikki Muller as she investigates the health benefits and risks of our favorite foods; and Best Walks with a View with Julia Bradbury (8 x 26 minutes; Outdoor Productions & Oh Matron! Productions for ITV), exploring six-mile walks that offer great views, local history and colorful characters.

Also heading to Cannes are the Infield Fly Productions-made The Science of Sleep; 26 new hours of CBS & Litton Entertainment’s Innovation Nation franchise; and the Professor Green trilogy (Antidote Productions for BBC3) including Adam Jessel’s BAFTA Television Craft Awards-nominated doc, Professor Green: Suicide and Me.


German distributor ZDF Enterprises is at the MIPTV market with a number of factual titles.

Heading the list is First Flight: Conquest of the Skies (1 x 50 minutes; Artemis Film, ABC, ZDF and ARTE), which seeks to clarify the first motorized flight between the Wright Brothers in 1903 or Gustave Whitehead two years earlier; docuseries Why Size Matters (2 x 50 minutes in 4K or 10 x 50 minutes; Screen Glue and ZDF), which explores scientific concepts to uncover why things are they way they are and if they could ever be different; and The Lesser Caucasus(1 x 50 minutes; NDR Naturfilm, Terra mater, Channel 1 and Altayfilm), exploring the mountain ranges between Europe and Asia.

ZDF will also introduce a raft of entertainment formats, including You Can’t Fool Me! (90 minutes;, a game show attempting to trick the senses of contestants; and party game-inspired family show The Game Begins! The Big Show for 3 to 99 (180 minutes; Riverside Entertainment), in which a team of celebrities are pitted against children and challenged to a variety of games.

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.