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Sales roundup: Kabo Int’l gets “Break-Up”; “Wishing Tree” branches to Vietnam

Kabo takes Newen’s “The Break-Up” French distributor Kabo International has finalized a deal with Paris-based production powerhouse Newen for the factual social experiment format The Break-Up. The 60-minute primetime series seeks to help couples with ...
January 8, 2018

Kabo takes Newen’s “The Break-Up”

French distributor Kabo International has finalized a deal with Paris-based production powerhouse Newen for the factual social experiment format The Break-Up.

The 60-minute primetime series seeks to help couples with their marital problems.

The couple simulate a divorce by splitting their belongings and taking off their wedding rings. Over the course of several weeks, each participating couple will live the single life to focus specifically on themselves and potentially set out to date other people before determining whether their marital problems can be worked out and resolved.

The Break-Up has already been acquired by Global Road Entertainment for the U.S., English-speaking Canada, the UK and South America. KABO International, meanwhile, has secured distribution rights to the rest of the world.

Gil Formats sends Life on Duty to Canada, France

Tel Aviv-based content creator and distributor Gil Formats has signed deals for its primetime fact-ent format Life on Duty with prodcos in two major territories.

Canada’s Bristow Global Media and France’s KM Production have acquired localized versions of the format which follows characters from different emergency services – police, fire and hospital trauma – as they negotiate the challenges of their stressful jobs as well as their home lives.

The format has also been recommissioned for a sophomore season in Spain by Mediaset-owned channel Cuatro following a successful September 2017 launch. Israel’s Channel 10 also aired the series and had also commissioned a second season. Meanwhile, Italy’s Bulldog TV optioned the format in October.

Talpa’s “The Wishing Tree” planted in Asia  

Vietnamese broadcaster HTV3-DreamsTV has acquired primetime family entertainment format The Wishing Tree from ITV-owned Talpa Media.

The deal marks the first time the format has reached Asia; It will be produced in-house by Novel Production and is expected to transmit in Fall 2018.

The series focuses on young children as they hang wishes for someone they believe deserves them on a “wishing tree.”

The Wishing Tree has also planted its roots in just under 10 territories, including the Netherlands, where it first launched; Spain; Germany; Poland; and Brazil, where it has been renewed for a second season by Globo.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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