Armoza signs first deal for Back to Life
Israeli producer-distributor Armoza Formats has closed a deal for its docureality format Back to Life.
Local rights to the emotional format, which was created by Israel’s Channel 10 in partnership with Armoza, have been taken by Polish prodco Rochstar.
Back to Life follows the stories of patients and their families in a race against time as they wait for a lifesaving organ. Each hour-long episode looks at the struggle for survival of those at the top of the waiting list, while discovering the stories of the donors.
Rochstar and Armoza previously worked together to bring primetime reality competition Curvy Supermodel to Poland.
“Back to Life offers a unique opportunity to truly impact life. This is a format that will show audiences the true and emotional journey of those on the transplant list in ways that will highlight this very important social issue. We are looking forward to working with Rochstar to create a local adaptation and are thrilled to have signed the show’s first deal with them,” said Avi Armoza, CEO of Armoza Formats, in a statement.
IM Global Television takes rights to Fittest Family
IM Global Television has acquired North and South American production rights to Kite Entertainment’s Fittest Family.
The series uses physical and scientific testing to find the country’s fittest and strongest families. Twelve families are then chosen to enter an extreme fitness competition. The families compete over six weeks, with the winner taking the title of “Fittest Family” as well as a cash prize.
“As we make the fifth season of Fittest Family in Ireland, we’re thrilled that IM Global Television has picked it up for the U.S. and beyond,” said Darren Smith, MD of Dublin-based Kite Entertainment, in a statement. “With four massive rating series under our belt it’s great to know that Phil Gurin [president of unscripted and alternative at IM Global] and his team share our conviction that Fittest Family can be as big a hit stateside as it’s been here and we look forward to seeing insanely fit families from all over America get to battle it out through some of the toughest fitness tests ever seen on TV.”
Magnify Media owns worldwide distribution rights to Fittest Family.
Next Boy/Girl Band travels to Thailand
Kanta Group Public has picked up Talpa’s competition format Next Boy/Girl Band for Thailand.
The series sees two top record labels take each other on to create the next hit boy or girl band. The talented hopefuls must showcase that they have what it takes to become part of the next pop phenomenon. The record labels continue to search for pop star hopefuls until the last moment, meaning a contestant can be cut at any point.
After its launch in the Netherlands in 2016, the first season of The Next Boy/Girl Band aired in Indonesia in 2017. It will air next year in Thailand and Vietnam.