“Saturday Night Takeaway” heads to Brazil

Distributor ITV Studios Global Entertainment has inked a deal for a Brazilian version of variety series Saturday Night Takeaway.
July 5, 2016

ITV Studios Global Entertainment (ITVS GE) has sold several formats into the Brazilian market, including Saturday Night Takeaway.

Globo has picked up a 13-episode local run of variety series Saturday Night Takeaway, which will be produced in-house and begin airing as a segment during the Saturday evening show Caldeirão do Huck later in the year.

The variety series originally premiered on ITV in the UK in 2002 and has since been adapted in Finland, Germany, Portugal, China and the U.S. where it aired briefly on NBC last year under the title Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris.

Meanwhile, Globo has also renewed its local version of ITV format Come Dine with Me for a 30-episode fifth season. It will be produced in-house.

Brazil’s SBT has ordered a second, 14-episode season of BBQ Brasil from Formata Production and Content. The show is based on ITVS GE’s BBQ cooking format BBQ Champ and will air early next year. The same network has also picked up a fourth, 15-episode season of cooking competition Hell’s Kitchen, which will premiere in the fall. FremantleMedia Brazil is producing.

Earlier this year, the distributor signed an exclusive format representation deal with Formata. The Brazilian company is representing ITV unscripted formats to Brazilian broadcasters and digital platforms.

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