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Sales round-up: deals for “4 Year Olds,” “Filthy Rich and Homeless”

The Secret Life of 4 Year Olds coming to The Netherlands, France Local versions of Banijay Group-owned RDF Television’s series The Secret Life of 4 Year Olds (pictured) are beginning to air or ...
November 16, 2016

The Secret Life of 4 Year Olds coming to The Netherlands, France

Local versions of Banijay Group-owned RDF Television’s series The Secret Life of 4 Year Olds (pictured) are beginning to air or heading into production across Europe.

Zodiak Belgium has produced a six x 35-minute French-language series that debuted on RTBF in October, while France’s TF1 will launch a version before the end of the year, with subsidiary net NT1 premiering a four x 60-minute version. Banijay-owned KM Productions produced the French version. Meanwhile, Zodiak Netherlands produced a six x 45-minute series for NPO1, which will air next year. And a six x 60-minute Spanish version premiered in September on Movistar+.

The Secret Life of 4 Year Olds originally aired in the UK on Channel 4 in 2015. The pubcaster commissioned two seasons and inspired spin-offs such as The Secret Life of Brothers and Sisters. The format has previously been adapted for Flemish-speaking Belgium and Denmark.

Australia’s SBS to adapt BBC Worldwide’s Filthy Rich and Homeless

BBC Worldwide Australia & New Zealand (ANZ) has sold Love Production’s format Filthy Rich and Homeless to SBS in Australia. Blackfella Films is producing three hour-long episodes.

Originally broadcast in the UK on BBC1, the series follows a group of wealthy and homeless people who swap positions for 10 days and nights. The Australian version will feature host Indira Naidoo and Catherine Robinson. The format rights were previously licensed in the Netherlands and the series Famous, Rich and Homeless featuring celebrities has been licensed to Germany, the Netherlands and Spain.

In a statement, SBS director of TV and online content Marshall Heald said the series “shines a light on the issue of homelessness in Australia, something new migrants, refugees and Indigenous Australians are particularly vulnerable to. With the purpose of shaking off misconceptions of poverty and provoking a national debate, this series aims to encourage conversation and ultimately bringing about much-needed change for a part of our society often overlooked or ignored.”

Bomanbridge inks factual deal with China’s Bilibili platform

Singapore-based distributor Bomanbridge Media has sold more than 110 hours of factual content to millennial-targeted Chinese digital platform Bilibili. The package covers travel and nature programs such as Escape or Die; canine series Extraordinary Dog and The Wonder of Dogs; culinary series When Patrick Met Kylie; wildlife series Animal Atlas; and Hidden Britain by Drone featuring Tony Robinson.

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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.

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