Red Arrow sends Buying Blind abroad
Munich-headquartered distributor Red Arrow International has secured a number of global deals for Buying Blind (pictured), sending the reality format to the Netherlands and Australia.
Created by Kinetic Content, the format follows a family, unable to decide which house to purchase, who provide experts with the power of attorney to pull the trigger on a home.
After interviewing the family together and separately, property and interior design experts set out on a mission to find their perfect home, culminating with families putting in an offer, negotiating the price and completing the purchase.
Each family is then led, blindfolded, to the property where their new house is revealed to them for the first time. Though it’s not necessarily their dream home, the experts have kept money in the budget for renovations to transform their newly purchased home.
Originally produced by Snowman Productions for Denmark’s TV3, the first wave of international sales of the format include Australia’s Nine Network, who have commissioned Endemol Shine Australia to produce the series for broadcast next year; RTL Netherlands, with the search for casting to commence later this month; and broadcasters in France and Belgium picking up the series.
Further sales will be announced in the coming weeks.
Multi-territory deal for Armoza’s Final Four
Israeli producer-distributor Armoza Formats has sent singing competition format The Final Four to New Zealand and Pan Asia.
Context Mediahave acquired the local rights to the format, which will produce adaptations of the series. The deal follows recent commissions by Turkey’s Karga Seven Pictures, CPL Productions in the UK, Fox in the U.S. and by CTC in Russia.
In The Final Four (13 x 90-120 minutes), four finalists are announced in the season premiere as selected by a trio of leading music judges. But in every episode, talented hopefuls will try to steal a seat from one of the final four. Anyone can become a contestant at any time via submissions on the dedicated app, but only the best will be able to challenge the four finalists.
Whizz Kid inks option for Pimp My Ride format rights
UK indie Whizz Kid Entertainment has penned a deal with American agent partner WME to option the format rights to automotive rehab series Pimp My Ride
Originally produced by LA-based prodco Breakfast Anytime Inc., Pimp My Ride pulled in a weekly average audience of five million viewers for Viacom’s MTV when it launched in 2004. The format has since sold to 171 territories around the world.
Breakfast Anytime has recently brought the rights to the format back in-house.
WME negotiated the deal with Breakfast Anytime format consultant Alex Fraser.