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Extra: Trace takes “Fashion Hero”; TV2 Denmark adapts “Taskmaster”

Trace acquires The Fashion Hero Quebec-based prodco Beauty World Search has licensed the streaming rights for its English-language reality series The Fashion Hero (8 x 60) to New York media network Trace. Trace, an Afro-urban ...
November 22, 2017

Trace acquires The Fashion Hero

Quebec-based prodco Beauty World Search has licensed the streaming rights for its English-language reality series The Fashion Hero (8 x 60) to New York media network Trace.

Trace, an Afro-urban media and entertainment group, acquired the non-exclusive rights for its digital and mobile services, which reach more than 60 million subscribers across Sub-Saharan Africa, U.S., France, the Caribbean and the Indian Ocean, according to the company. The series will also be available on Trace’s recently launched SVOD service, which operates globally in territories including the U.S., Europe, Brazil, Caribbean and Sub-Saharan Africa.

Hosted by Brooke Hogan, the series sees participants from around the globe compete before a panel of world-renowned designers, such as Anna Scholz and Christopher Bates, to feature in their upcoming international advertising campaigns.

In June, the series was picked up by Amazon Prime Video (in the U.K., U.S., Germany, Australia and all Nordic territories), while it also streams on Tubi TV and Vudu Movies on Us in the U.S. and airs on cable networks RTL2 (Hungary) and TLT (Venezuela).

Earlier this year, a number of European companies optioned the format rights to The Fashion Hero, including Spain’s Boxfish TV. Prior to that, Singapore-based distributor Bomanbridge Media acquired the finished series and format rights for the Asia Pacific region.

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Denmark makes local version of Taskmaster

London-based producer-distributor Avalon Television has sent comedic game show format Taskmaster (pictured) to Danish commercial broadcaster TV2.

Produced locally by Metronome, the Danish adaptation will consist of 8 x 60-minute episodes and is due to broadcast in 2018.

Sweden’s SVT has also picked up the format for a sophomore run.

Originally created by Avalon’s Alex Horne, the entertainment series features the “Taskmaster”, with the help of his assistant, testing the wit and wisdom of five competitive comedians through a series of strange challenges to be crowned champion.

The Taskmaster format has been localized in the U.S. (Comedy Central), Belgium (VTM) and Sweden (SVT). The format is also in development in six additional territories. The finished program has been sold to New Zealand (TVNZ) and Australia (UKTV).

Gedeon Programmes to produce environmental doc

Paris-based producer Gedeon Programmes has partnered with Germany’s Gebrueder Beetz Filmproduktion to produce the feature-length film The 1,000 Solutions to Change the World.

The doc will follow Bertrand Piccard, a Swiss psychiatrist and balloonist, and his team during the 2017 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP23) in Bonn as they search for innovative and clean solutions to help counteract current environmental concerns in a profitable way and bring them to COP24.

Through the latest in CGI technology, the film will spotlight such technologies as solar energy, smart grid, air taxis and vertical farming.

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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