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The MIPTV ’18 Shopper’s Guide, part three

An extensive array of non-fiction titles will be launched at Cannes during the 2018 MIPTV market, running April 9-12. Ahead of the excitement, realscreen presents part three of our round-up of titles heading ...
April 3, 2018

An extensive array of non-fiction titles will be launched at Cannes during the 2018 MIPTV market, running April 9-12. Ahead of the excitement, realscreen presents part three of our round-up of titles heading to the Croisette. Be sure to check out part one and part two of our Shopper’s Guide.

Boat Rocker Rights

The Toronto-based global content distributor is bringing more than 200 hours of new content to Cannes.

Highlighting Boat Rocker’s factual slate are Late Nite Eats (13 x 30 minutes; Crooked Horse), which samples the most popular and delicious specialties available after hours as chef Jordan Andino checks out the revolution in the late-night food scene; and character-driven docuseries Last Stop Garage (24 x 30 minutes; Proper Television), which follows the backwoods mechanical wizardry at CRB Automotive in remote North West River, Labrador.

Cineflix Rights

The UK indie content distributor is launching three new series from producing partner Hoff Productions at MIPTV, including true crime series Ted Bundy: Serial Monster (4 x 60 minutes), which looks at the murderous mastermind and how Bundy outwitted a slew of investigators.

Elsewhere, crime series Alcatraz: The Greatest Escapes (2 x 60 minutes; pictured) features new evidence, never-before-seen archival footage, and interviews with guards and inmates to tell the story of the infamous island prison and those who tried to escape.

Rounding out Cineflix’s stable is Weird, True & Freaky (10 x 60 minutes), which unveils some of the world’s most unbelievable and scariest animal encounters ever caught on camera.

Discovery, Inc.

Discovery, Inc. heads to the French Riviera as a newly created media conglomerate following its March acquisition of Scripps Networks Interactive with a host of premium non-fiction programs to its name.

Anchoring the company’s slate is the space-focused series Above And Beyond: NASA’s Journey to Tomorrowfrom Oscar-nominated director Rory Kennedy, which celebrates the historic institution’s 60th anniversary and its role in space exploration; Discovery Channel engineering series World’s Biggest Ship Builders, which follows an army of engineers building the world’s largest ocean-going cargo vessel; and the Nathaniel Kahn-directed Telescope, which provides an in-depth journey into the creation of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope. 

Further titles heading to the Cannes market this April include investigative competition series Culture Shock Norway, in which 12 Norwegian-Americans compete to determine who amongst them is the most Norwegian through a variety of cultural challenges both new and old; and Science Channel’s Jimmy Pardo-hosted psychological game show Race to Escape, in which contestants race against the clock and opposing teams to solve puzzles and unravel cryptic clues hidden inside themed escape rooms for a US$25,000 cash prize.

GoQuest Media Ventures

India-based indie content distributor GoQuest Media Ventures, through its subsidiary GoQuest Formats, is ascending upon the shores of Cannes with a roster of new formats for worldwide distribution.

The dance competition format My Dance Crew (8 x 45 minutes; pictured below) gives a country’s top celebrities the opportunity to join their own dance crews as they perform weekly live performances. The format is available worldwide, except in Norway.

Travelogue format Hell of A Trip (15 x 45 minutes; available worldwide) features contestants who, before boarding a trip of a lifetime, find out they’ll be joined by someone from the past that has left them scarred. Lifestyle format Ultimate Cinderella (20 x 45 and 10 x 45 minutes), meanwhile, provides deserving women a second chance at life by offering them a physical makeover and a brand-new job. The format is available worldwide.

Also heading to market are music reality format Sing-A-Songwriter (20 x 45 minutes; all rights available except India) challenges participants to create new songs by writing their own lyrics on a particular topic and then placing them into a popular song within a certain period of time; culinary program Kitchen 50-50 (16 x 45 minutes; all rights available except Italy), placing two home chefs that know each other in real life  in a cooking face-off  to win US$10,000.

Finally, dating format Highway of Love (16 x 45 minutes; all rights available) and Dinner Karaoke (16 x 45 minutes; all rights available except India) will also be MIPTV-bound.

Highway of Love features one single man or woman traveling by car and chatting to aspiring partners in separate vehicles to determine if they’ve found love, money or betrayal. At the end of the road, the winning participant chooses between US$500 per/km traveled or a romantic getaway for the couple. Dinner Karaoke, meanwhile, sees three celebrity hosts visit a restaurant unannounced in their search for a karaoke singer among the regular dinners.

My Dance Crew

Java Films

The Parisian indie documentary distributor is bringing to Cannes the acclaimed Spanish true crime docuseries Death in Léon.

Produced by JWP, in association with Movistar, the 253-minute docuseries investigates the murder of Isabel Carrasco, the president of the Provincial Council of León, Spain. The controversial politician was shot to death in May 2014 as she walked from her home to a political party meeting.

Keshet International

The global content company has crafted a strong slate of eight factual entertainment programs and formats from Crackit Productions and Tuesday’s Child Television bound for the Cannes marketplace.

Amongst those titles is the docu-reality format Bad Habits, Holy Orders (4 x 45 minutes; Crackit Productions), in which five party girls abandon booze, boys and smartphones for four weeks in favor of moving into a Catholic convent; My Sexual Fantasy (4 x 60 minutes; Crackit Productions for Channel 5), uncovering the sexual fantasies of ordinary men and women while psychoanalyzing them to reveal what these deepest desires really mean; and hour-long documentary Trouble in Poundland (Crackit Productions  for ITV), which sets out to determine the lengths at which will Poundland go to keep their business afloat.

Other factual titles in KI’s MIPTV library are celebrity prank format Greatest Celebrity Wind Ups Ever (3 x 60 and 6 x 30 minutes; Crackit Productions for Channel 5), providing first-hand accounts from those behind the pranks and the stars at the receiving end;popular factual series My Extreme … Life (2 x 60 and 7 x 60 minutes; Crackit Productions for 5Star), documenting youth as they struggle to find their place in the world; physical game showformat Superstar Dogs (15 x 30 minutes; Tuesday’s Child for Channel 4), in which owners and their dogs team to complete a series of challenges; and docu-reality dating format How Far (14 x 90 minutes; Koda Communications), in which three successful young men in search of love each invite four potential partners to visit their home abroad.

Shiny floor game show format  The Search (30 and 60 minutes; Youngest Media for Keshet Broadcasting; pictured below) will also grace the French Riviera. The series transforms the word search puzzle into a physical game show that puts the contestants’ speed and knowledge – as well as their ability to work together – to test.

The Search

Odin Media

Odin Media is bringing a roster of history and wildlife docs to Cannes this year.

Arctic: The Great Exploration (4 x 52 minutes) features a team of Russian scientists who head to the Arctic to look at climate change in the region. Meanwhile, Northern Spaceport: The Story of Plesetsk (1 x 49 minutes) spends a day in Russia’s Plesetsk cosmodrome to witness the live launch of a rocket.

Also heading to the Palais are Land of Bears (1 x 52 minutes), which follows the relationship between one man and a bear; Straight Talk About Baikal (1 x 44 minutes), which looks at the health of the UNESCO Baikal lake; and The Great Exploration of Siberia (4 x 52 minutes), which examines the history of the Siberia and those who inhabited the region.

Red Arrow Studios International  

The global film and TV distributor is launching a broad slate of top-rated series across formats and factual genres for this year’s MIPTV market.

In factual, Red Arrow is launching the blue-chip 4K primetime documentary Man’s First Friend (1 x 120 minutes and 2 x 60 minutes; Boreales; pictured below). The film combines natural history, science and anthropology to explore the relationship between humankind and dogs, and how the two co-evolved together.

Also at MIPTV are feature documentary For the Love of Spock (1 x 120 minutes), about Star Trek’s iconic character and the actor who played him for nearly fifty years, Leonard Nimoy; Beat N Path (1 x 70 and 3 x 30 minutes; Studio SV), which follows international hip-hop star Lupe Fiasco as he journeys through China to explore his passion for martial arts; and The Pitch (6 x 30 minutes; Tastemade Media for Audience Network), which looks into the world of English soccer and its loyal fans.

The company’s formats slate headed to Cannes includes Code to Love (Drive Studios for DR3 Denmark), a Danish reality experiment that uses big data to crack the code to love; State of Hate (Snowman for Kanal 5 Denmark), looking to end the rivalries between groups of people divided by hate, through a series of intense challenges; and the reality format Buying Blind (created by Kinetic Content; produced by Snowman for TV3 Denmark), which sees a family who can’t decide what house to buy, put their life-savings in the hands of experts to purchase them a home without seeing it.

Mans First Friend

Silverlining

The specialist prodco financier and distribution agent is Palais-bound with a slate of more than 100 hours of brand new content.

Spotlighting the company’s slate is MH370: Inside the Situation Room (1 x 60 minutes; Knickerbockerglory), which features exclusive access to the key people who, four years ago, were at the forefront of the crisis when a Malaysian Airlines passenger jet mysteriously disappeared. The documentary special has been pre-bought by Nine Network (Australia), RMC Découverte (France) and Channel 5 (UK).

Also from Knickerbockerglory is First Time Call Girl (1 x 60 minutes), which follows the highs and lows of 22-year-old Alexis in her first month as an escort.

Adding to Silverlining’s slate are competition format The Great Model Railway Challenge (6 x 60 minutes; for Channel 5), which celebrates one of the most popular and enduring hobbies; Brinkworth Films’ Secret Life of the Hospital, (1 x 60 and 90 minutes), Secret Life of the Cruise Ship (1 x 60 and 90 minutes) and Secret Life of the Airport (1 x 60 and 90 minutes), in which these Channel 5 docs go behind-the-scenes and into restricted access not available to the public.

Rounding out the company’s slate are one-off special How To Make Your Marriage Work (1 x 60 minutes; Curve Media for Channel 4; pictured below), featuring five married couples who share the secrets of their marriage success; and the baboon focused series Troop (13 x 30 minutes; Pelican Pictures).

Also from Knickerbockerglory is First Time Call Girl (1 x 60 minutes), which follows the highs and lows of 22-year-old Alexis in her first month as an escort.

Adding to Silverlining’s slate are competition format The Great Model Railway Challenge (6 x 60 minutes; for Channel 5), which celebrates one of the most popular and enduring hobbies; Brinkworth Films’ Secret Life of the Hospital, (1 x 60 and 90 minutes), Secret Life of the Cruise Ship (1 x 60 and 90 minutes) and Secret Life of the Airport (1 x 60 and 90 minutes), in which these Channel 5 docs go behind-the-scenes and into restricted access not available to the public.

Rounding out the company’s slate are one-off special How To Make Your Marriage Work (1 x 60 minutes; Curve Media for Channel 4; pictured below), featuring five married couples who share the secrets of their marriage success; and the baboon focused series Troop (13 x 30 minutes; Pelican Pictures).

How To Make Youre Marriage Work

Syndicado

Toronto-based digital distribution company Syndicado is taking more than 250 hours of content to this year’s French market.

Syndicado is bringing 97 episodes of Buck Productions’ Rich Bride, Poor Bride (Slice, WE Network), along with other wedding-themed reality TV shows, including Petal Pushers (13 x 22 minutes) and Cake Walk (13 x 45 minutes), as well as Buck’s Keys to the VIP (39 x 22 minutes; for Comedy Network and Fuse TV).

Syndicado is also arriving in the French Riviera with the Russian military parade-meets-sporting spectacle Tank Biathlon (8 x 60 minutes), which premiered on Russia’s linear TV channel Russia 1. Continuing the military theme, Syndicado’s slate also includes Prelude to War, the classic Frank Capra film that took home an Oscar for Best Documentary in 1943.

Syndicado is also representing more than 25 hours of war-themed documentary content with titles such as The Dambusters Raid, Great American Generals, Memphis Belle and Battle of Britain, along with modern day military themed programs like After Desert Storm and Stealth: The Art of Deception. 

The Story Lab

The global investor, producer and distributor of premium entertainment content has packed a raft of formats for showcase at this year’s MIPTV.

Anchoring The Story Lab’s slate is the singing game show format Should I Stay or Should I Go? (60 minutes; Rochford Productions & Whizz Kid Entertainment; pictured below), which features two celeb-captained teams in head-to-head sing-offs vying for the votes of the studio audience, while dating game show Date or Dump (5 x 30 minutes; Youngest Media & The Story Lab UK) features two singletons answering questions about one another, earning money with each correct answer, before deciding to date or dump their partner.

Contestants have the chance to pay off their bills with their skills in the game show Skills to Pay the Bills (3 x 30 minutes; Youngest Media), while reality format Travel Ink (45 minutes; Tuvalu Media)  follows celebrities to a specific destination known for a prolific tattoo artist or a specific culture of getting inked up.

Also joining the slate is the quiz show Every Second Hurts (3 x 30 minutes; Youngest Media), in which two friends work together, one as Brain who will answer questions for cash and the other as Pain, who will endure a variety of painful challenges to earn Brain some valuable thinking time.

Meanwhile, dating series Hall Pass (Phileas Productions & MY Entertainment) comes to market following a recent commission in Germany. The reality format follows couples who are at a crossroads in their relationship and agree to live and behave like they are single for 72 consequence free hours in an attempt to further bond them or tear them apart.

Finally, Gleam Productions’ celebrity challenge series No Sleep No Fomo sees two famous faces dropped into a city with a list of things they’ve been told to do in just 60 hours. There’s no caffeine or drugs allowed, so when so when the celebs need a boost of adrenaline, they can do activities like skydiving and swimming with sharks to keep them going.

SISOSIG_5D_9157-minVisland Media

Producer and distributor Visland Media is arriving in France with more than 30 hours of new content for the five-day market.

Titles include Bagged (19 x 30 minutes; Myx TV), where singletons go on a date with three masked contestants to find out whose personality stands out; Expedition Asia (10×60 minutes; Fox Brazil), an adventure show with the Schurmann family who travel the world to find out who was the first civilization to circumnavigate the globe.

Rounding out the company’s offering are The Glacier Project (1 x 60 minutes), which heads to Alaska with two of the world’s big-wave surfers who face the most dangerous waves ever surfaced; In Pursuit of Passion (7 x 30 minutes), which celebrates the spirit of adventure and the trailblazers who followed their dreams; and World Party (16 x 30 minutes), in which host Guad Venegas travels the world one festival at a time to find out how the world parties.

Zee

Global content hub by Zee, the syndication division of Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited, is bringing a slate of formats to the shores of Cannes, including the documentary Life of Earth from Space (pictured below).

The two-hour 4K/UHD feature documentary delves into the planet’s 4.5-billion-year-old history from the vantage point of space. The past is brought to life through the use of footage and CGI. Life of Earth from Space is a collaboration between Talesmith, ZEEL and the Smithsonian Channel.

Life of Earth from Space

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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