“Wedlocked” travels to Germany, Serbia
Local versions of NBCUniversal’s Wedlocked have been picked up by RTL II in Germany and PRVA in Serbia.
These formats will be the second and third international versions of the series, which sees two families come together to plan their child’s wedding. Over the course of a week, the engaged couples must watch their loved ones plan their big day, with only one opportunity to intervene at the rehearsal dinner.
RTL II’s broadcast pilot, locally known as Voll vertraut – Traumhochzeit mit Hindernissen, will be produced by Tresor. Serbian Ko ti pravi svadbu? will be co-produced by PRVA and Adrenaline Production House and acts as the first format licence deal between PRVA and NBCUniversal International Formats.
Wedlocked was co-developed by NBCUniversal International Formats and MTG. The first local version aired in 2016 on Latvia’s TV3.
Kabo inks deals for true crime, ER doc series
KABO International has secured worldwide distribution rights (outside of Canada and France) to the hospital series On Duty 24/7 (pictured) and true crime docuseries Solved! Forensic Police Files.
Working with Quebec-based Avanti Ciné Vidéo, which produced both series, KABO International will present the series to international buyers at MIPCOM in October.
On Duty 24/7 (24 x 23 and 8 x 46) takes viewers behind the scenes of a busy hospital to witness the challenges that doctors and their teams face daily. This documentary series follows doctors who open up about their personal issues and profession through interactions with patients.
Solved! Forensic Police Files (30 x 45′) calls on on expert testimony and dramatic re-enactments, taking viewers to the heart of police investigations where science plays a preponderant role. Each episode covers a specific crime file and shows how police work and new technologies are interconnected.
“We have been looking for great factual programs to round out our catalogue and we believe that this true crime and a real life ER doc series will resonate with our buyers, and allow us to showcase some of the high-quality productions coming out of Canada. We are delighted to be working again with Avanti as we continue to enjoy this fruitful alliance,” said Arabelle Pouliot-Di Crescenzo, MD, KABO International, in a statement.
Portfolio picks up new reality series
Ahead of MIPCOM, Portfolio Entertainment has announced the acquisition of a number of lifestyle, reality and animated series for international distribution.
The Toronto producer and distributor picked up international rights to Disney Jr. Latin America series Bubu and the Little Owls (minus Latin America) and PBS show Cyberchase (excluding U.S. and Canada). Bubu (26 x 11 minutes) is an animated preschool series featuring a family of owls, while Cyberchase (114 x 30 minutes) is an animated series where the characters travel through cyberspace.
In addition, Portfolio acquired the worldwide rights (excluding Asia and Australia) to Fast Indian Cooking with Sapna (6 x 30 minutes) and all international rights to The Gig Guys (6 x 30 minutes). Fast Indian Cooking follows chef Sapna Anand as she demonstrates how to create Indian-fusion dishes, while The Gig Guys goes behind the scenes of an electronic music festival held on a cruise ship. Both Fast Indian Cooking and The Gig Guys were acquired from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia-based Wildsnapper TV.
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Please be advised that a previous version of this article listed Portfolio’s Bubu as a live-action preschool series and neglected to mention series details regarding Cyberchase. realscreen regrets these errors.