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The MIPTV ’18 Shopper’s Guide, part two

With MIPDoc and MIPFormats commencing in Cannes on Saturday (April 7) followed by MIPTV on April 9, realscreen presents part two of three of its annual round-up of new non-fiction and unscripted titles from distributors ...
April 3, 2018

With MIPDoc and MIPFormats commencing in Cannes on Saturday (April 7) followed by MIPTV on April 9realscreen presents part two of three of its annual round-up of new non-fiction and unscripted titles from distributors heading to the Croisette. Read part one of our guide here. Watch for part three of the Shopper’s Guide tomorrow, April 4. 

Endemol Shine Group

Global content creator, producer and distributor Endemol Shine Group will unveil two new formats when it lands in Cannes.

From Endemol Shine UK’s Remarkable Television comes All Together Now (pictured), a talent competition series for BBC1. The program sees a range of performers (both groups and solos) taking the stage to perform in front of ‘The 100′, an audience comprised of opinionated singers. The greater the number of The 100 who stand up and sing along, the higher the contestant’s score. At the end of the show, two performers progress to the Grand Final for the chance to win a big cash prize.

Elsewhere, the entertainment format Big Bounce Battle, originally produced by Endemol Shine Netherlands, will hit the French Riviera next week. The format, which was picked up by RTL in Germany and is produced by Endemol Shine Germany, sees contestants race against the clock and gravity as they battle challenging obstacle courses of trampolines.

Flame Distribution

The international distributor heads to Cannes with a slate of 190 hours of factual content from around the world.

Highlighted titles include the fungi-focused science doc from Smith & Nasht, The Kingdom: How Fungi Made the World; the two-part docu-drama Nicholas and Alexandra: The Letters from Back2Back, which offers a revealing look at a previously unknown correspondence between Tsar Nicholas II and his wife, the Empress Alexandra; Mint Pictures’ Food Fighters will follow social entrepreneur and activist Ronni Kahn as she tries to end food waste; and Food Lab from The Cultivate Productions, which features MasterChef’s Ben Milbourne as he explores the food science behind cooking.

Elsewhere, Discovery series Outback Opal Hunters (Prospero Productions; pictured below) follows opal miner crews as they attempt to find fortunes in some of Australia’s harshest and remote landscapes; Off The Beaten Track with Kate Humble (Tatu Pictures) follows BBC presenter Kate Humble along with her dog, Teg, as they explore the Welsh countryside; and six-part art series The Sense of Beauty (Kepach Productions) examines the concept of beauty through history and across cultures.

Rounding out Flame’s catalog are Candid Pictures’ 4K adventure series Conquering Northern China, which follows a host of YouTube vloggers as they ride their custom-built motorcycles across five of China’s northernmost provinces; and Brandy Y Productions’ travel series Seeing Canada, which connects audiences to the iconic nature throughout the Great White North.

outback-opal-huntersFox Networks Group Content Distribution

Fox Networks Group Content Distribution is bringing more than 400 hours of new content to MIPTV this year, across nearly 70 titles.

Among the factual titles leading the distributor’s content slate are Brett Morgan’s critically acclaimed feature-length documentary Jane (90 minutes; pictured below), about the life of primatologist Jane Goodall; tentpole event series One Strange Rock (10 x 60 minutes) from Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Darren Aronofsky, with Jane Root’s Nutopia, which looks at the story of life on Earth from the perspective of astronauts.

Elsewhere, the two-hour-long special Meghan Markle: An American Princess (Spun Gold and Znak&Co, for Fox U.S.) delves into the life of the princess in waiting with interviews with the people who know her – and the Royal Family – best.

Academy Award winning actor Morgan Freeman, meanwhile, will be featured in the 6 x 60-minute series The Story of Us With Morgan Freeman, in which he travels the world to discover how human civilizations developed and why societies are so diverse, while Chain of Command (8 x 60 minutes) goes deep inside the Pentagon to provide an intimate portrait of the war against violent extremism, and journalist Katie Couric dives into issues of racism, terrorism and sexism in America Inside Out with Katie Couric (6 x 60 minutes).

Finally, the hour-long Wild Edens: Russia is a natural history show from Off The Fence that captures the scenery and diverse wildlife that exists across Russia.

Jane GoodallFrance TV

The French programmer and distributor heads to Cannes with a slate of documentaries for MIPDOC and MIPTV.

Documentaries headed to southern France include CC&C’s Apocalypse: Never-Ending War (2 x 45 minutes), which tells the story of the years of conflict that followed the end of World War I, including the collapse of empires and the rise of totalitarianism. Also from CC&C comes the historical docuseries Apocalypse: War Of The Worlds. The 6 x 52-minute program looks at the period between 1945-1991, which was defined by the West and the Soviet Empire.

Also on the slate is the science docuseries The Mysteries Of The Giants (6 x 52 minutes) from French Connections Films. The series looks at the evolutionary history of eight giant prehistoric animals and their modern descendants. Elsewhere, Beyond The Clouds (2 x 45 minutes, Galatee Films) looks at the human toll of the double earthquake that hit Nepal in spring 2015, and The Secret  Life of the Garden (1 x 52 minutes, MFP) looks at the biodiversity found in gardens.

FremantleMedia International

RTL Group’s UK producer-distributor will arrive on the Croisette with a variety of programs that cover the cooking, game show and entrepreneur genres.

First on the slate is the dating show Secret Admirer (pictured below) from Naked Entertainment, which follows dates as they take place between the admirers and the unsuspecting objects of their affections where they admit their true feelings. The series has aired in the UK on Channel 5 and MTV, Bravo in the U.S, and TV3 in Sweden.

The dance competition format Time to Dance from FremantleMedia’s Dutch production house Blue Circle, meanwhile, gives dancers 30-seconds to show off their skills before facing the judges’ verdict. Successful contestants go on to perform a full audition in front of a live studio audience with the chance of winning a cash prize, while the others are sent home.

Also MIPTV-bound are primetime fulfillment series All Your Wishes (FremantleMedia France for M6), in which a top magician uses large-scale illusions to take members of the public on a comedic journey towards making their dreams come true; classic game show Beat The Clock (FremantleMedia North America), in which kids and their adult relatives team up in a timed race as they compete in outlandish challenges under a giant clock; and cooking competition show Recipes From Home (FremantleMedia Portugal for RTL1) where home viewers send in their step-by-step instruction videos of a family recipe, which two teams try to recreate. A celebrity head chef then judges the final dishes in a blind taste test with the winning team staying on.

From Voltage TV comes the talking head show Celebrities Advice Bureau which asks stars to answer problems from the every day to the downright bizarre. Everyone from presenters, athletes, actors, writers and comedians give their frank opinion on various issues.

Finally, The Employables from Eureka for SBS in Australia features a self-made entrepreneur who takes a group of socially disadvantaged job seekers and tries to form the next hottest start-up.

Secret Admirer

On the entertainment side, FMI is bringing the relationship-focused Love in the Countryside (6 x 60 minutes), a Boundless production for BBC2. FMI will distribute the program internationally.

In lifestyle, FMI will land in France with the culinary series Bondi Harvest with Guy Turland, a 10 x 30-minute series from Bondi Harvest TV productions for SBS Food Network Australia. FremantleMedia distributes internationally. Meanwhile, Nigel Slater’s Middle East (3 x 60 minutes; Hungry Gap Productions for BBC2) sees Slater explore the Middle East food scene.

In the factual department, docuseries Indian Summer School (3 x 60 minutes; Naked Entertainment for Channel 4) follows five British boys while they attend an Indian boarding school, while hour-long special The Coronation (Atlantic Productions, Smithsonian Channel and ABC Television for BBC) reveals the history of the Crown Jewels and the ancient ceremony for which they are used.

Meanwhile, the history of the popes through the ages is the focus of the six-part CNN Original Series Pope: The Most Powerful Man in History from Glass Entertainment Group and Rearrange TV productions, while docuseries The Traffickers: Food (8 x 60 minutes; Fusion and Lightbox) explores the global food industry and some of its most pertinent issues affecting food production.

Wrapping up FMI’s offerings are the Tom Hanks executive produced series 1968: The Year That Changed America (4 x 60 minutes; Playtone for CNN), which look back at 1968 and the events that took place in America’s politics, social movements and global relations; and the Ann Curry-hosted docuseries We’ll Meet Again (6 x 60 minutes; Blink Films for PBS), which  follows two people who were affected by events in American history who reconnect.

Gil Formats

The Tel Aviv-based global TV content creator and distributor will showcase factual entertainment format The Silence Breaker at MIPTV.

The format follows men and women in real-time who are experiencing sexual harassment or assault at their workplace. Inspired by the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements, the series follows these individuals as they work to bring their harassment to light via hidden camera footage. Each story wraps with a confrontation with the harasser.

Global Agency

Independent TV content distributor Global Agency will land in the south of France with 11 new formats, including competition series Heritage (pictured below), featuring an old rich widow on the search for the perfect person to leave part of her wealth too; and The Sphere, which features five contestants who compete against each other in the bid to win $US 1,000,000.

Meanwhile, Fashion Auction brings the phenomenon of websites auctioning off second-hand clothes and accessories to television screens, while culinary formats will see kids taking control in the kitchen in Kids Cook The Funniest Things! and provide budding young chefs with a cash prize in Campus Chef.

Rounding out the formats from the Istanbul-based distributor are folklore music contest format Sounds of the Nation, which takes the most loved celebs of the country to their hometown to find local folk singers; DIY format Home Therapy, in which couples look to revive their relationship by completing a home reno project together; reality format Looking for My Mother, which is based on real life stories of children – now adults – who apply search out their biological mother; makeover format Mom, Dad…Please Don’t Wear That!, which features a group of children helping other kids update their parents style; and reality competition format Power of Love, in which contestants compete individually with the goal of finding true love.

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About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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