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Extra: “The Wall” moves Down Under; GRB inks sales

Seven Networks closes deal for The Wall Australia’s Seven Network has commissioned a localized adaptation of the shiny floor game show format The Wall (pictured) from global producer-distributor Endemol Shine Group. The series ...
August 14, 2017

Seven Networks closes deal for The Wall

Australia’s Seven Network has commissioned a localized adaptation of the shiny floor game show format The Wall (pictured) from global producer-distributor Endemol Shine Group.

The series was originally produced for NBC in the U.S. by Glassman Media and SpringHill Entertainment, in association with Universal Television Alternative Studio.

Endemol Shine Australia will be handling the adapted production for Seven, which sees teams of two competing for “life-changing amounts of cash” that will be won or lost depending on trivia questions or a bouncing ball descending down a wall with different monetary values.

If a team member answers a question correctly, the ball turns green and the team earns the cash value listed on the slot. If incorrect, the ball turns red and the team loses that amount of cash.

The news follows the recent announcement of the French-Canadian deal with Quebecor Content, having previously rolled out globally in such territories as France, Spain and Germany.

Stuart Burrage joins Isle of Media

Airborne TV co-founder Stuart Burrage has joined the advisory board of the newly minted Isle of Media, an initiative aimed at promoting the Isle of Man as a destination for media related businesses to finance their TV ventures.

Burrage will serve as the company’s executive producer.

He will serve alongside special advisors Catriona Logan, director of Celtic Media Festival; Chris Sharp, chief programming officer and GM at AMC Networks; Frank Hoffman, chief strategy officer of MX1; Simon Kelly, director at Dixcart Management; Mark Rowland, chair of C21, CEO of Formatzone & CrowdFund TV; and Simon Nicholas, audit and advisory director at KPMG.

The board of Isle of Media, meanwhile, consists of Richard Arning, who serves as chair; Dave Beynon and Peter Duke as directors; and Stuart Semark as CEO.

The Government for the Isle of Man offers new media ventures up to 40% in grants in addition to zero corporation tax and capital gains tax, private equity & venture capital, and £50 million in tech funding.

GRB Entertainment sends true crime docs abroad

LA-based distributor and producer GRB Entertainment has sent several true crime documentaries to a raft of international broadcasters.

Heading to the Caribbean via International Media Content Limited is the hour-long doc Black and Blue, which details the police brutality and racial profiling of young black men.

In Poland, Polsat has acquired the 105-minute The Six Degrees of Helter Skelter, detailing the Manson Family and outlining the locations connected to the Sharon Tate and LaBianca murders, while WP1 Grupa has taken Babies Behind Bars, a 90-minute doc following the lives of female inmates at Washington Corrections Center participating in a program allowing them to raise their babies while they serve time.

Danish Broadcasting Corporation in Denmark, and Sony Entertainment Networks in the UK have also picked up Babies Behind Bars.

Sony in the UK has also picked up Until Proven Innocent: The Hannah Overton Story, examining the mysterious salt poisoning death of four-year old Andrew Burd.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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