MGM ups two international distribution execs
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer has promoted international distribution execs Deblina Chakrabarty and Guro Viddal. The pair have been named as executive directors of international television distribution for the company’s Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) division. Chakrabarty will now oversee distribution in Spain in addition to Africa, Belgium, Greece, Ireland, the Middle East and Portugal. Meanwhile, Viddal will continue to manage distribution of all television media in Italy, Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia and Turkey. Both previously served as directors. MGM’s unscripted catalog includes Celebrity Apprentice, Coupled and Generation Gap.
ITV orders series based on Talpa’s “Challenge Me” format
UK broadcaster ITV has ordered the entertainment series Go For It (7 x 60 minutes) from Potato. The series, which is based on Dutch producer Talpa’s Challenge Me format, challenges people to perform “their weirdest and most wonderful skills,” according to a show description. That includes a woman who can identify a vacuum cleaner upon hearing it and a man who can name 20 different goat breeds by milking them. Successful contestants win £1,000 (US$1,470) in cash. Go For It will air on ITV later this year. Executive producers for Potato are Rachael Parker and Michael Kelpie. Challenge Me has been adapted in the U.S., the Netherlands and the Ukraine.
Armoza’s “How To Be” format heads to Poland
Polish broadcaster TTV has ordered a nine-episode series based on Armoza Formats’ celebrity interview show How To Be (pictured). The Polish version of the series will premiere in September under the title Być Jak and is to air weekly. Jake Vision Production is producing and Przemek Kossakowski will host. Developed by Artza Productions and Armoza, How To Be reverses the roles between celebrity and interviewer. The series has been adapted by Norway’s NRK and a Spanish version is set to air on Cuatro this month, while a German version will premiere in late July on ZDF and ZDFneo.