ITV orders “The Home Game”
UK broadcaster ITV has commissioned the 10 x 60-minute daytime series The Home Game (working title) from Twofour. Each episode of the program features four properties and their owners, who are about to start lengthy renovations. After meeting the individuals, the program cuts from the “before” shots to the final reveals, and audiences see how much each home is worth and what the owner’s budget is. By episode’s end, viewers will have an understanding of how much was spent as well as the home’s new net worth. As there is a ‘game’ element, the owner who has made the most percentage profit wins. The series – which will be distributed by Twofour Rights – was commissioned by Helen Warner. Rachel Innes-Lumsden is exec producing. An air date is yet to be confirmed.
HBO Nordic appoints VP of original programming
Hanne Palmquist (pictured) has been named commissioning editor and VP of original programming at HBO Nordic. Formerly commissioning editor for feature films at the Danish Film Institute, Palmquist’s role is a newly created position for the SVOD service, which caters to viewers in Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland. The exec previously worked as commissioning editor for TV drama and feature films at Swedish broadcaster SVT, and she was also CEO of the Oslo-based Nordisk Film & TV Fond in Norway from 2007 to 2013. Palmquist joins HBO Nordic on August 1, and will be based in Copenhagen. She will report to Antony Root, executive VP of original programming and production for HBO Europe.
Kabo Int’l sends “Cash or Splash” to Thailand, Vietnam
French distributor Kabo International has inked an agreement with Go Quest Media Ventures, which picked up the rights to the entertainment game format Cash or Splash for Thailand and Vietnam. The program finds two teams with a shared hobby or profession going head-to-head in a battle of wits. If they answer questions correctly, they receive cash, but incorrect answers can mean getting bombarded with anything from shaving cream to syrup and pies. Elsewhere, the distributor also renewed an option deal with Nordisk Film TV AB for the family entertainment format Who’s Who? in Denmark.
Greenbird backs Kalel Productions
UK-based production company incubator Greenbird has invested in UK indie Kalel Productions, headed by Nick Parnes. The most recent series on the way from the factual prodco, Stupid Man Smart Phone, is a co-commission by BBC Worldwide for BBC Brit and BBC Three and coproduced with Objective Productions. Parnes established the company after winning £50,000 in BBC3′s Pitch Idol competition, and after striking a copro deal with Objective, produced The Undercover Princes/Princesses and Police Academy UK for the BBC, Eye Spy for Channel 4, and Make Me a Millionaire Inventor for Sky. The Princes and Millionaire Inventor formats also found homes on U.S. television.
“Working with Greenbird is the next stage of Kalel’s development and I’m delighted to get the support to allow my team to focus on the creative execution of our headline-grabbing program ideas,” said Parnes in a statement. “I have enjoyed working with Objective, which has been a great home for Kalel formats, but the time feels right to leave and allow my company’s independence to flourish.” (Barry Walsh)