Barcroft inks ITVS GE distribution deal
London-based factual content production and distribution company Barcroft Media has secured a deal with ITV Studios Global Entertainment (ITVS GE) to distribute supercar wrap series The Customiser Is Always Right (20 x 30 minutes; pictured), which was recently commissioned by UKTV for Dave.
The deal also includes four 10 x 30-minute long-form series to be produced by linear TV broadcasters that are based on short-form Barcroft series brands. Featured are Born Different and Hooked on the Look from the Barcroft TV channel; Ridiculous Rides from Barcroft Cars; andBeast Buddies from Barcroft Animals.
Keshet International sells flagship formats to CEE
Global production and distribution company Keshet International has penned a multi-format deal with Georgian commercial broadcaster Rustavi 2.
Included in the deal are interactive talent format Rising Star (Tedy Productions & Keshet Broadcasting) and kids’ musical talent series Master Class. Localized adaptations of both series will telecast across Rustavi 2 in winter 2018 and spring 2018, respectively.
The sales follow Keshet’s agreement with TVP Poland for the Bongo Media-produced shiny floor family game show format Sure or Unsure. The 81 x 20-minute series launched last month on TVP1.
Gil Formats lands U.S. deal for Prank Star
Global content leader Lionsgate has acquired competition series Prank Star from Tel Aviv-based sales firm Gil Formats.
Lionsgate will now produce a localized version of the series for the U.S. marketplace.
The series follows a nationwide search for the country’s funniest people who think they have what it takes to claim the title of the nation’s Prank Star. Once contestants are through the audition process, they’re given specific pranks, hidden camera challenges and comedy scenarios which they must then pull off.
The top pranksters then head to the grand finale where they will perform the most daring prank.
Doctors vs. Internet heads to Denmark
UK-based distribution and rights management company Magnify Media has licensed hit Norwegian format Doctors vs. Internet from Norwegian pubcaster NRK.
The studio-based series will now land on TV2 Denmark’s airwaves, with Banijay-owned Mastiff TV producing a localized 10 x 30-minute version to air on the Danish broadcaster in 2018.
Doctors vs. Internet, which won the best game-show category at the 2017 MIPTV International Format Awards last April, pits a team of doctors against members of the public — armed with laptops — to determine who can most accurately diagnose real-life medical cases.
Twelve territories have now acquired or optioned the format, including in the U.S. by Critical Content; the UK by Finestripe Entertainment; Germany by Bavaria Entertainment; France by Newen’s Production Valley; Australia by Lune Media; English-speaking Canada by Force Four with Bristow Global Media; French-speaking Canada by Trio Orange; Sweden by Nordisk Film & TV; Finland by Aito Media’; and Belgium by Sputnik Media.