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Extra: “Kiss Bang Love” heads to LatAm; “Blue Planet II” makes ratings splash

Kiss Bang Love moves to Latin America Munich-headquartered distributor Red Arrow International and Spiral International have sold the format rights to social experiment series Kiss Bang Love (pictured) to NBCUniversal International Networks ...
November 7, 2017

Kiss Bang Love moves to Latin America

Munich-headquartered distributor Red Arrow International and Spiral International have sold the format rights to social experiment series Kiss Bang Love (pictured) to NBCUniversal International Networks LatAm.

The format will be produced for E! Entertainment Television and is slated to premiere Wednesday (Nov. 8) throughout all of Latin America.

Locally hosted by Venezuelan model and television presenter Patricia Zavala, Kiss Bang Love features single individuals choosing 10 potential mates based on a blindfolded kiss. After choosing the five best kisses, they meet again for a second kiss without blindfolds. Contestants will then select two partners to spend two nights with at a luxury hotel before choosing to whisk one away on a romantic holiday.

Red Arrow and Spiral have also licensed the U.S. version of the series to E! for the region. Produced by Kinetic Content for FYI, the 10 x 60-minute series is hosted by Married at First Sight‘s Rachel DeAlto.

The format has now been licensed to more than 12 territories including the U.S., Australia, Denmark and Germany.

Spiral International distributes the format and U.S. tape of Kiss Bang Love in Latin America on behalf of Red Arrow.

BBC1 fishes for massive ratings with Blue Planet II

BBC1′s oceanic blue-chip juggernaut Blue Planet II has made a big splash with viewers across Britain, according to the UK pubcaster.

The Oct. 29 linear broadcast premiere of the David Attenborough-narrated wildlife series attracted an audience of 14.1 million viewers, becoming the most-watched program of 2017 in Britain to date.

Episode one, “One Ocean”, also pulled in a peak audience of 10.3 million, a 45.7% share, making it the U.K.’s most-watched natural history program in 15 years.

Those numbers also made Blue Planet II the third most-watched program of the past five years, behind only the 2014 World Cup final and last year’s The Great British Bake Off finale. The culinary program, at the time, attracted 13.6 million viewers for the BBC, including 3.4 million 16 to 34 year olds and one million “black and minority ethnic audiences,” driving a 10-year high for share of viewing.

The BBC Studios Natural History Unit-made series came out on top of entertainment stalwart Strictly Come Dancing, which drew 12.3 million viewers, and was more than 2 million viewers higher than the 11.63 million for June’s One Love Manchester concert, previously the year’s largest TV audience.

Blue Planet II spent nearly 1,000 hours filming in all of the earth’s oceans and utilizes new filming technologies to capture previously unseen wild behaviours and previously undiscovered species, including 4K UHD tow cams to film predatory fish and dolphins head-on; UHD suction cams planted on the back of large creatures such as whale sharks and orcas; and a motion control rig, used to shoot underwater time-lapse footage.

Blue Planet II has already been sold to more than 30 countries.

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