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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
Daniele Alcinii is a news editor at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joined the RS team in 2015 with experience in journalism following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and with communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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