The MIPCOM 2016 Shopper’s Guide, part two

An extensive array of non-fiction titles will be launched at Cannes during the 32nd annual MIPCOM market, running Oct. 17-20. Ahead of the excitement, realscreen presents part two of our round-up of titles ...
October 14, 2016

An extensive array of non-fiction titles will be launched at Cannes during the 32nd annual MIPCOM market, running Oct. 17-20. Ahead of the excitement, realscreen presents part two of our round-up of titles heading to the Croisette. Check out part one of our Shopper’s Guide here.

Flame Distribution

The Sydney-based company will be bringing up to 300 hours of new content to MIPCOM 2016, including: Bahama Blue (6 x 46 minutes), an innovative series exploring the wildlife beneath the idyllic turquoise waters and on the islands of the Bahamas; Francis Brennan’s Grand Indian Tour (pictured, above), where the well-known Irish hotelier takes a group of 12 guests on a surprise tour to India; and Confucius Was A Foodie (13 x 60 minutes), in which former Food Network Host Christine Cushing takes viewers on a voyage of fun and delicious discovery of Chinese cuisine.


The UK-based content, production and distribution company is set to bow two new reality entertainment formats at MIPCOM 2016 that are the first projects to come out of its 2015 creative partnership with Naked Entertainment (Freemantle secured a 25% stake in the prodco). Set to air on 5Star in the UK, 100% Hotter (10 x 60 minutes) is the world’s first extreme “make-under” show, wherein contestants have their extreme looks tasked by a panel of experts. Families Gone Wild (4 x 60 minutes), set to air on the UK’s Channel 5,  is a family drama set in the wilderness. Dysfunctional families in need of an extreme remedy are marooned on a tropical desert island with nothing but each other for support.

Meanwhile, Get The F*ck Out Of My House, which has been launched by BlueCircle for RTL 5 (Netherlands). The show features 100 complete strangers who are crammed into an average-sized suburban family home in a bid to become the last person standing and win a jackpot prize.


FremantleMedia’s Get The F*ck Out Of My House

Celebrity Family Feud and Match Game are two game shows That are a part of American broadcaster ABC’s Fun and Games Event block, scheduling which Freemantle wants to bring to broadcast buyers at MIPCOM using its game show catalogue.

Cue the Music, commissioned by SVT, is a game show with its very own play-along app. Sidewalk Karaoke is a musical entertainment format that singles out sidewalk superstars. The Lie Detective (10 x 60 minutes; True North for Channel 4, UK) puts couples in the hotseat for intimate and honest conversations. Finally, Wedding Cake Challenge features a mashup of baking and weddings in a competitive baking format.

Also included are: The X Factor UK 13 (45 x 60 minutes; Thames/Syco for ITV, UK); Fashion Startup (8 x 60 minutes; Weinstein Company for Lifetime, U.S.); The Cars That Made Us (8 x 60 minutes; Voltage TV for Channel 5, UK) I Am Heath Ledger (1 x 120 minutes; Network Entertainment for Spike TV, U.S.); Jamie’s Super Food Family Classics (6 x 60 minutes; Fresh One for Channel 4, UK); House Doctor (45 x 60 minutes; Boundless for Channel 5, UK); and Hairy Bikers’ Chicken & Egg (6 x 60 minutes; BBC for BBC Two, UK).

GoQuest Formats

The non-fiction and fiction formats subsidiary of GoQuest Media Ventures is MIPCOM-bound with a slate of original properties.

Feel-good entertainment format The Ultimate Cinderella provides opportunities to underprivileged women to lead their lives the way they always wanted to, while quiz show format Friends ForNever pits friends against one another to win a jackpot.

GoQuest will also bring two new singing formats to the French Riviera, including Dinner Karaoke, which follows three celebrity hosts into a restaurant unannounced as they search for a surprise karaoke star; and Sing-A-Songwriter, a reality series bringing together all the facets that go into completing an entire song, from singing, composing and songwriting.

Keshet International

The global distribution arm of Israeli media company Keshet Media Group will be bringing a number of unscripted offerings to MIPCOM 2016 as part of its largest slate of programming to appear at the event to date. Keshet’s unscripted programming will be led by the new Abot Hameriri Productions-produced adventure reality format Welcome to the Wild (new format), which sends contestants on a wild journey down the Amazon river

In the true-crime category, Keshet will bring the Woodcut Media-produced documentary Holloway: Women Behind Bars (1 x 44 minutes) about a prison’s notorious female inmates.

Workplace docu-dramas will include medical-oriented Residents (7 x 50 minutes) and police docuseries Blue (6 x 50 minutes), both of which are produced by Koda Communications.


Keshet International’s Manbirth

Keshet’s slate will also include social experiment formats including Boxed (new format) which puts two people in the midst of conflict in a box to help them reach an agreement, and IFA Media-produced ManBirth (8 x 23 minutes), which enables men to go through what their partners experience during pregnancy.

Finally, Keshet will be introducing two concepts driven by the digital era. #TheFeed (6 x 25 minutes), produced by OmerTV and Erez Dan Productions, is a culinary guidebook driven by social media that endeavours to discover the Internet’s most talked about dishes. Uploading Holocaust (1 x 74 minutes) is the first documentary based entirely on YouTube materials. Produced and directed by Udi Nir and Sagi Bornstein, and co-produced by Keshet International, Christian Bettz, BR, RBB and ORF, it will follow the journey of young Israelis to Poland to learn about the Holocaust.

Metro International

The London-based distributor will introduce two documentary films to buyers at the Croisette.

Ian Roderick Gray and Dylan Harvey’s comedic doc The Banksy Job showcases the art, crime, authentication, ongoing feuds behind a famous statue that, when it is reintroduced to the marketplace, could be worth millions.

Damon Gameau’s That Sugar Film, meanwhile, showcases the director as he indulges in a six-week diet consuming the equivalent of 40 teaspoons of sugar a day.

PBS International

As part of its slate, the American public broadcaster will be bringing new specials from producer Ken Burns, Nova and the U.S. presidential election.

Defying the Nazis: The Sharps’ War, from Burns and co-producer Artemis Joukowsky, tells the little-known tale of Waitstill and Martha Sharp, an American minister and his wife from Wellesley, Massachusetts, who left their children behind in the care of their parish to head to Europe on a mission to save dissidents and refugees fleeing the Nazi occupation across the continent before and after the start of World War II.

From Nova comes 15 Years of Terror, which traces the evolution of terror strategies from the destruction of the World Trade Center on 9/11 to today.

Two specials focusing on the polarizing 2016 U.S. presidential election are also on PBS’ MIPCOM docket. The Choice 2016 from Frontline draws on dozens of interviews from those who know Hillary Clinton and DOnald Trump best — as well as authors, journalists and political insiders — to provide and investigative biography of both candidates. Also from Frontline comes Divided States of America, a retrospective miniseries that looks at events during the Obama presidency that have led to deep divisions across the U.S. and examines the America the next president will inherit.

Finally, also included in PBS slate are new episodes from Secrets of the Dead: Airmen and the Headhunters and new series Trading History and current affairs special The Talk.

Passion Distribution

London-based Passion Distribution will be launching over 200 hours of new programming at MIPCOM. New series titles and available formats  include: fixed-rig reality show The Dressing Room (6 x 60 minutes & format), a copro between SVT Productions and GroupM Entertainment for UKTV’s W, which brings viewers into the hidden world of amatuer sport dressing rooms; and The Next Great Magician (6 x 60 minutes & format), produced Derren Brown’s Vaudeville Productions in association with Cook Productions for ITV1, the competition series features the world’s greatest magicians performing their greatest tricks.

Next Great Magician

Passion Distribution’s The Next Great Magician

Other new series titles include Rich Kids of Social Media (6 x 60 minutes), the entertainment series from Popkorn TV for E4, which followed a one-off special for Channel 4.

A selection of documentaries from Tinopolis’ Mentorn Media are also on Passion’s new-to-MIPCOM slate, including The World’s Most Identical Strangers (1 x 60 minutes; working title) for Channel 4, Saddam Goes To Hollywood (1 x 60 minutes) also for Channel 4, The Woman Who Ate A House (1 x 60 minutes) for Channel 5 and The Hipster Handbook (1 x 60 minutes) for BBC 4. Also included are two investigative documentaries from Pernel Media, The Mystery of Fatima and the Third Secret ( 1 x 90 minutes) and Revelations of The Gospel of Barnabas (1 x 90 minutes), both produced by RMC Decouverte.

Passion will also be bringing new content from The Weather Channel: The Weather Channel Top Tens (8 x 60 minutes), is a series of documentary run-downs of the most extreme weather conditions and stories.

The distributor will also be adding two specials to its Dynamo the magician portfolio with Dynamo: Live at the 02 (1 x 90 minutes) and Dynamo: A-Z (1 x 60 minutes).

Portfolio Entertainment

Celebrating 25 years of business, the distribution division of Toronto-based Portfolio Entertainment will have a slate of automotive and culinary series on hand when it arrives in the French Riviera this October.

Car Stories (13 x 30 minutes) offers a look at some of the rarest classic cars as seen through the eyes of their doting owners.

Among the returning titles are culinary programs You Gotta Eat Here (132 x 30 minutes), following host John Catucci’s journey to find the most over-the-top comfort foods; Everyday Exotic (52 x 30 minutes), which trails host Roger Mooking exploration of exotic ingredients; and Chef Abroad (26 x 30 minutes), detailing chef Michael Smith’s journey to explore new food frontiers.

Proper Rights

The Toronto-based distribution company is bringing a new prime-time unscripted series to the Croisette this year. Billy Goes North 12 x 30 minutes) follows the adventures of extermination and pest control expert Billy Bretherton as he leaves Louisiana to tackle some of the North’s most menacing pests and critters. The show is produced by Proper Television for CMT (Canada).  

TCB Media Rights

London’s TCB Media Rights will have 20 new titles for buyers in Cannes.

Among them are History’s Greatest Hoaxes (6 x 60 minutes; Like a Shot Entertainment for UKTV), which examines the world’s greatest hoaxes through the people who set them up and shut them down; Court Justice (10 x 30 minutes; CJZ for Foxtel), which explores the workings of a busy local court; Revolution School (4 x 60 minutes; CJZ for ABC Australia), about everyday Australian kids struggling with learning and the science behind improving education; and Mr vs Mrs: Call the Mediator (3 x 60 minutes; Wild Pictures for BBC2), exploring how professional mediators can help separated couples resolve disputes over money, children and property.

The UK distributor has placed a special emphasis on SBS Australia’s factual catalog, for which it recently signed an exclusive representation deal.

ZDF Enterprises

The sales and distribution arm of German pubcaster ZDF has added six unscripted titles to its 2016 MIPCOM line-up.

Game show formats Four for Family – The Big Family Competition sees three families master various challenges that prove how close each household actually is, while You Can’t Fool Me! attempts to trick the senses of its competitors in nature, and The Game Begins, which sees a team of celebrities pitted against children and challenged to a variety of games.

ZDFE.factual’s slate, meanwhile, includes The Desert Sea (2 x 50 minutes; NHNZ TV, Fox International Channels UK), which details wildlife living under extreme conditions in the deserts in the southwestern corner of the U.S.; Children of the Wild (1 x x 50 minutes), which investigates whether a child can grow up surrounded only by wild and ferocious animals; and The Celts: Blood, Iron & Sacrifice (3 x 50 minutes; Gruppe 5 for the BBC, ZDF/arte and ZDF Enterprises), which examines the life, work and struggles of the Celts during the Iron Age and Medieval Europe.

Zodiak Rights

The international distribution division of Banijay Group will be launching a brand new 4 x 60 series spinoff of the series The Supervet  at MIPCOM called The Supervet – Bionic Specials. Produced by Blast!, each episode will explore the revolution in bioengineering and regenerative medicine behind Professor Noel Fitzpatrick’s pioneering veterinary procedures, focusing on four areas in particular: joint surgery, limb salvage, spinal surgery and regenerative medicine.

The Supervet - Bionic Specials

Zodiak Rights’ The Supervet – Bionic Specials


About The Author
Managing editor with realscreen publication, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Darah is an award-winning journalist who has spent over two decades covering a wide range of issues from real estate and urban development to immigration, politics and human rights, primarily with The Vancouver Sun. Prior to joining realscreen, she was editor of Stream Daily, realscreen's sister publication covering the dynamic global digital video industry. She also served a stint as a war reporter in Afghanistan for television and print, and was a national business blogger with Yahoo Canada.