“Behind Bars” heads to LatAm
Distribution and media agency Quintus Media has signed a deal with Discovery Channel Latin America for the crime docs-series Behind Bars: The World’s Toughest Prisons (pictured).
Set for transmission on Investigation Discovery to almost 50 countries in Latin America and Discovery en Español for the Hispanic market in the U.S., Behind Bars: The World’s Toughest Prisons (6 x 60′) takes viewers to the world’s most notorious and extraordinary prisons.
“I’m delighted that Behind Bars has been acquired by Discovery Latin America. The series offers a unique insight into the inner workings of prison life together with the personalities who live behind bars and I’m confident that it will be compelling viewing for audiences in Latin America. Behind Bars is doing tremendously well having already aired half way around the globe and it’s continuing to conquer even more territories. With its ongoing success we are considering a second season of this captivating series,” said Gerrit Kemming, managing director of Quintus Media, in a statement.
Hat Trick International sets up a “Dinner Date” in South Africa
Leading independent distributor Hat Trick International has secured its latest international match for hit factual entertainment format Dinner Date, it announced today, as SABC in South Africa prepare to debut their own local adaptation.
Produced locally by Phoenix Productions in collaboration with Quizzical Pictures, this new 13-episode series will launch on SABC3 on April 5 in primetime. Originally produced by Hat Trick Productions for the UK’s ITV1 and ITVBe, Dinner Date is now in its eighth series for ITVBe, which has sold to more than 65 countries around the world. The new South African version adds to local adaptations in France (Direct 8), Australia (Channel Seven) and Finland (MTV3).
Dinner Date is a factual entertainment format that follows one person who is given the chance to find true love over three meals… each cooked by a blind date in their own home.
Cineflix Rights sells “The Gun Shop” to networks worldwide
UK distributor Cineflix Rights has closed a series of deals for its documentary The Gun Shop.
The Gun Shop (1×60′, Rogan Productions for Channel 4) uses fixed-rig cameras in a small, family-run gun store in Michigan to provide eye-opening insights into the relationship Americans have with their guns. It is a unique exploration of one of the most fiercely-debated issues in the US.
The doc sold to CBC Canada, Nine Australia, TV2 Denmark, SVT Sweden, YLE Finland, VGTV Norway, Medialaan Belgium, n-TV Germany, and BBC Worldwide’s BBC Brit channel in Poland and South Africa.
Beyond Distribution announces first sales of Mythbusters: The Search
Beyond Distribution has secured its first sales of Mythbusters: the Search (8 x 60′) to Germany’s RTL NITRO & Bell Media Canada.
Due to air on male-skewed RTL NITRO channel in Germany, the first time the series has been acquired by the German broadcaster, it will also air on French-speaking channel 2Tele in Canada,
Produced by Beyond Productions for Discovery Science, Mythbusters: The Search aims to find the next myth-busting superstars, following the international success of the original Emmy-nominated Mythbusters series.
Discovery Science also announced this week the next series of Mythbusters is already in production.
Sold to broadcasters in over 180 territories around the world, including SBS Australia & Mediacorp Singapore, recent sales for the original Mythbusters series have also been secured by Beyond Distribution with Discovery Asia Pacific, Discovery Sweden & TVNZ.
Magnify Media closes deals for “Rescue Dog to Super Dog”
UK-based distribution and rights-management specialist Magnify Media has announced the first format license for UK indie Plimsoll Production’s Rescue Dog to Super Dog (3 x 60 mins).
The show goes into production this spring for French-speaking Belgium public-service broadcaster RTBF, which will produce a three-part series to air later this year.
Rescue Dog to Super Dog sees abandoned rescue dogs trained to become assistance dogs for people with a wide range of challenges. It was originally produced for Channel 4 in the UK by Plimsoll Productions, which is now also working on a 8 x 60 mins US series for Discovery’s Animal Planet. The finished UK show has also been sold to Nippon TV Japan, Manoto TV Iran, MediaWorks New Zealand, RAI Italy, TV2 Denmark and SAT.1 Gold Germany.
Option rights for the format have also been snapped up in Norway (Monster Entertainment), France (EndemolShine) and Australia (Blink TV).
IM Global Television partners with Imagine Group
Full-service television studio IM Global Television has partnered with prodco Imagine Group to launch format and tape sales of the latter’s unscripted series Fit For Fashion and The Apartment.
The Apartment, set in Malaysia and in its fifth season, airing on Sony’s AXN and Sony Channel Asia pan-regional network, draws viewers into the cut-throat world of interior design where 12 up-and-coming designers compete to become the next style superstar.
About to launch its third season also on Sony’s AXN Channel, Fit For Fashion, transforms 12 ordinary men and women from around the globe, into fit, stylish and confident individuals. The contestants face a series of grueling physical and fashion challenges while being guided by celebrity judges, with the winner gracing a magazine cover and taking home $100,000.
The deal was negotiated by IM Global Television’s VP, International Distribution and Co-Productions Tyler Massey and SVP business Affairs, international distribution and co-productions Betty Chen on behalf of IM Global Television and by president and founder, Riaz Mehta and EVP content and production David Gunson on behalf of Imagine Group
Bomanbridge and Small World IFT sign joint distribution on Sing My Song
Following three successful seasons on air in China on CCTV 3, Sing My Song, a songwriting/singing performance format created by Canxing/Star China International Media Limited, is set for launch in the global market, as joint distribution is secured by Bomanbridge Media for the Asia Pacific region and by Small World IFT for the rest of the world.
“Bomanbridge was attracted to the format Sing My Song – an extremely popular Chinese show — due to its musical originality and creativity. Asians love their musicians with a passion and Sing My Song is sure to be a major success outside of China as well. We look forward to bringing news of a format deal for Asia Pac in the near future,” said Sonia Fleck, CEO of Bomanbridge, in a statement.
Sing My Song is a studio-based music contest where original songs are performed by their songwriters.
Mongol TV To produce and broadcast The Voice of Mongolia
Mongol TV has acquired the license of The Voice for Mongolia from Talpa.
Mongol TV will start producing its version in summer 2017 and broadcast in the first quarter of 2018.
“Mongol TV is a pioneer in our country in producing great formats and we are very proud to be both the producer and broadcaster of The Voice in Mongolia. Talpa is a great partner and will support us with guidance to help make our version a major hit, joining all the other great Voices in the world,” said Nomin Chinbat, in a release. “Mongol TV is very excited to be part of the global Format world and we were particularly pleased that the Season 2 finalé of Mongolia’s Got Talent got over 70% of our country to tune-in to Mongol TV. Our team at Mongol TV nurtures so much talent and creativity through its commitment to good entertainment for our viewers.”
GRB Entertainment provides series to Africa and Poland
GRB Entertainment announced a slate of sales for its popular docu-series program and a scripted Tyler Perry comedy, to Africa and Poland.
Poland’s TV Puls acquired the full series of Auction Kings, showcasing one of America’s most successful auction houses.
Econet in Africa picked up two seasons of Tyler Perry scripted comedy For Better or Worse and four docu-series, including 2 Fat 2 Fly, Flex & Shanice, Pregnant & Dating and Twisted Tales of My 9 to 5.
“GRB is pleased to bring TV Puls and Econet some of our top selling shows. We continue to reach every corner of the globe with intriguing, educational and entertaining programming in both the scripted and factual realms, introducing even more new content at MIPTV,” said Michael Lolato, SVP of international distribution, GRB Entertainment, in a statement.