Lionsgate’s Candy Crush sent to MENA region
Global content company Lionsgate has licensed live action interactive gameshow Candy Crush (pictured) to Dubai-based producer-distributor Eagle Films.
Produced by Dubai’s Beelink Productions, the gameshow format will be adapted to an Arabic language version for the Middle East and North Africa region. The 13 x 60-minute adaptation is expected to head into production later this year.
The agreement was brokered by Lionsgate’s SVP of alternative programming sales Ted Bookstaver.
Created and exec produced by Matt Kunitz (Wipeout, Fear Factor), the hour-long Candy Crush series sees teams of two physically competing on enormous interactive game boards that feature next-generation technology for the chance to be crowned “Candy Crush” champions.
The game show was originally launched across CBS earlier this month. The series premiere averaged 4.05 million viewers and won its time period in adults 18-49 (1.1) and adults 25-54 (1.3, tie).
GRB sends Close Up overseas
California-based producer-distributor GRB Entertainment has secured a raft of sales for its roundtable interview series Close Up with The Hollywood Reporter.
Produced by Sundance TV in partnership with The Hollywood Reporter, the entertainment docuseries will now be available for broadcast across Africa’s MNET, Australia’s Foxtel, and Adrenalyn Media in Spain and Andorra.
The program includes exclusive interviews with A-list celebrities and directors from the year’s most acclaimed films and television series. The panelists discuss a range of topics from their individual projects, craft, and true stories of the business that keep them engaged in the industry. Guests include Nicole Kidman, Judd Apatow, Denzel Washington, Emma Stone, Casey Affleck and Justin Timberlake.
DRG slates new deals for Don’t Tell the Bride
UK-based indie distributor DRG has inked a number of international deals for the Renegade Pictures-made wedding series Don’t Tell the Bride.
Recently extended to 18 x 60-minute episodes for Channel 4′s E4, season 11 (12 x 60 minutes) of the wedding-day series has been picked up by Australia’s Foxtel, Germany’s RTL, Belgium’s Medialaan, BBC Worldwide in Africa and Poland, ITV in Asia and the Middle East, Finland’s Sanama TV, Croatia’s HRT, Latvia’s Telecom Media 360, and Italy’s Digicast (pay window), as well as Discovery Networks in Italy, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Latin America and the Caribbean.
Don’t Tell the Bride sees grooms take control of their wedding day, leaving the bride-to-be hoping that her future husband will be able to pull off the wedding of her dreams. The original UK version has now been sold to more than 200 individual territories and it has been remade locally in 17 countries including Australia, France, China, the US, Italy and Turkey.
Alfred Haber sends Madonna: Rebel Heart Tour abroad
U.S. sales house Alfred Haber Distribution has cleared several key sales for the two-hour Showtime television special, Madonna: Rebel Heart Tour.
International broadcasters signed on for the one-off special now include Australia’s Nine Network, France’s NRJ 12, Spain’s Telefonica, Japan’s WOWOW, and the Philippines’ GMA Network.
Shot around the world, the special features a collection of live and behind-the-scenes footage, culminating in performances at the Sydney Olympic Park.
The set list for Madonna: Rebel Heart Tour spans all decades of the superstar’s career, including songs from Rebel Heart to classic fan favorites like “Material Girl,” “Holiday,” and a “Dress You Up” medley that includes “Get Into The Groove,” “Everybody” and “Lucky Star.”