Extra: “Enigma Man” heads to Italy; Bravo preps digi-series

In today's 'Extra' wrap, Israeli producer-distributor Armoza Formats sells game show format Who's Asking? to Switzerland, while ABC Commercial sends Enigma Man - A Stone Age Mystery (pictured) throughout Europe.
April 11, 2016

Armoza’s Who’s Asking? goes to Switzerland

Swiss pubcaster RTS has ordered a localized adaptation of game show Who’s Asking? from Israeli producer-distributor Armoza Formats.

Production on the first series, which will be known locally as C’est Ma Question, is slated to begin shortly and will air daily in the second half of this year. Localized versions of the series also air across Israel, India, Thailand and Estonia.

The hour-long game show – which is originally produced by United Studios of Israel – challenges participants to select the individuals asking them questions, and places an emphasis on who is doing the asking as opposed to the answers themselves.

The Swiss adaptation will feature a set that will be available for use as an international hub, as well as an interactive play-along app for viewers that will additionally be offered to other broadcasters looking to adapt the format.

ABC Commercial sends Enigma Man through Europe

Australian distributor ABC Commercial has sent the Electric Pictures-made documentary film Enigma Man – A Stone Age Mystery (pictured), about the human evolutionary story, to Italian pubcaster Rai and Danish pubcaster DR.

The 57-minute film follows a team of Australian and Chinese scientists as they investigate ancient human remains of the Red Deer Cave People from a remote cave in Southwest China. The film sets out to determine whether the anatomically unique bones represent a mysterious species of pre-modern humans that lived among modern humans in China as recently as 14,000 years ago.

ABC Commercial has previously sold the film to a raft of European broadcasters including France Télévisions, Ireland’s RTE, Sweden’s SVT and Finland’s YLE.

Bravo launching standalone digital series

NBCUniversal-owned cable net Bravo will unveil its first standalone digital series, Going Off the Menu, next week (April 18). The series will “air” on and has automotive company Toyota as its launch partner.

The series, produced by Citizen Pictures, follows food documentarian Liza De Guia and underground chef Russell Jackson as they look for Los Angeles’ most exclusive and surprising underground food experiences. It will also run across VOD platforms, Facebook, YouTube and Bravo Now.

“We’re thrilled to satisfy the hunger of our passionate and food-enthused Bravo fans with the debut of Going Off the Menu,” said Lisa Hsia, executive vice president of digital, Bravo and Oxygen Media. “The launch of Bravo’s first-ever standalone digital series marks a continued investment in digital video content by the network in an ongoing effort to attract a broader audience of new consumers while also satisfying our core Bravo viewer.”

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