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Extra: “Radio Gaga” wins Euro commissions; Fred Media recruits Aussie sports series

Radio Gaga wins new commissions in three European territories International indie distributor Lineup Industries has won new commissions in three European territories for the unique format Radio Gaga. It’s also being recommissioned in Beligum. Movistar in ...
March 9, 2017

Radio Gaga wins new commissions in three European territories

International indie distributor Lineup Industries has won new commissions in three European territories for the unique format Radio Gaga. It’s also being recommissioned in Beligum.

Movistar in Spain, DR Denmark and Holland’s NPO3 have all ordered local versions of the feel-good social experiment format that follows a hyper-local radio station. VRT in Belgium has also recommissioned the eight-part series from producer De Chinezen for its third season on the Vancas Channel.

Radio Gaga sees two hosts travel through the country in their mobile radio studio, stopping to set up camp in various small communities. They then spend 48 hours running a radio station for locals, taking everything from song requests to confessions.

“This is just the type of go-to programming that broadcasters want in their schedules. Radio Gaga feels intimate and local but with a universal compassion and warmth. It’s completely compelling,” said Julian Curtis, co-founder of Lineup Industries in a release. “We’ve had a great response to the show and expect to announce further commissions soon.”

Transparent announces new Channel 5 Extraordinary People doc

Transparent Television, part of London indie Argonon, been commissioned to produce the tentatively titled Nelly the Snake Skin for British commercial television network Channel 5.

The doc will feature 32-year-old Nusrit (Nelly) Shaheen as she battles to live a normal life while coping with Harlequin Ichthyosis — a rare skin disorder which causes her skin to grow 10 times faster than normal, giving her scaly, snake-like skin.

The executive producers for Transparent TV are Jazz Gowans and Mark Powell, while the commissioning editor for Channel 5 is Guy Davies.

Fred Media to distribute McGuire Media’s The Recruit

International distribution company Fred Media will bring Australian sports reality show The Recruit to the Sported Miami content market next week and to MIPTV in April.

Produced by McGuire Media’s Jam TV, The Recruit (20 x 60 minutes) follows a group of Australian Rules footballers who failed to be selected in the national draft and gives them a last chance to fulfill their dreams.

High profile athletes make an appearance on the show, including cricket player Shane Warne, and Olympians Ian Thorpe and Cathy Freeman.

On McGuire Media’s new partnership with Fred Media, CEO Cos Cardone said in a statement, “The opportunity to make The Recruit an international success is an exciting prospect, and will no doubt win over a whole new legion of sports fans to our great game.”

About The Author
Meagan Kashty is an associate editor of realscreen, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Meagan is an award-winning business journalist. Prior to joining the realscreen team, Meagan was online editor of Canadian Grocer, named Magazine of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Business Media Awards. She can be reached at mkashty@brunico.com, and you can follow her on Twitter @MegKashty

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