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Extra: CBS UK to debut “Jury Room”; deals for Keshet, Armoza

CBS Reality enlists jurors to re-examine murder cases CBS Reality, the JV between CBS Studios International and AMC Networks International UK, has commissioned true crime docuseries The Jury Room from Will ...
April 10, 2017

CBS Reality enlists jurors to re-examine murder cases

CBS Reality, the JV between CBS Studios International and AMC Networks International UK, has commissioned true crime docuseries The Jury Room from Will Hanrahan‘s FirstLookTV.

The 6 x 60-minute series is slated to re-examine murder cases in which convicted killers have maintained their innocence through revelatory new evidence and re-analysis of pre-existing evidence.

Each case is presented as originally seen by the actual trial judge and jury, to 12 members of a specially-selected jury. The series features ex-detective chief inspector Colin Sutton as the prosecution and barrister Matt Stanbury as the defense, while Hanrahan, a former BBC News foreign correspondent, helps the jury connect the dots.

The series premieres May 28 at 10 p.m.

AMCNI-UK director of programming Sam Rowden and Hanrahan serve as executive producers on the series.

Armoza’s “Play Date” heads to Germany

Israeli producer-distributor Armoza Formats has secured the first international agreement for its docureality format Play Date (pictured).

ProSiebenSat.1 Germany will produce a localized version of the Createit Studio- and Armoza Formats-produced format.

The docureality series brings together families who have never met in the search for the perfect play date. Each episode takes place in the home of the host, where parents watch their children execute a planned activity from another room.

At the culmination of each episode, both the parents and kids will rank their play date with the week’s top-rated experience winning a family vacation.

Keshet International closes deals in CEE

Keshet International, the distribution arm of Keshet Media Group, has closed deals throughout CEE for its non-scripted format Who’s On Top.

The variety game show has been licensed by Pink for Serbia, Bosnia and Montenegro. The series is currently in pre-production and has previously been licensed by RCTI in Indonesia.

The entertainment format, which was co-developed by Keshet Broadcasting and Flare Media International, finds three contestants suspended in “air pods” – which are scaling in-studio towers five stories high – faced with trivia questions that can only be answered with either “more” or “less” or “true” or “false.”

With each correct answer, the contestant’s air pod ascends to the next level of the tower while accumulating money. However, if they are wrong, the pod drops to the basement level.

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