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Extra: “Matchmaking Kids” heads to Italy; Reshet 13 preps “The Four”

Kabo Int’l, Sky Italia ink licensing deal Distributor Kabo International licensed the deal of the 24 x 45-minute series Matchmaking Kids as well as the 13 x 45-minute series Planning Mom and Dad’s ...
May 30, 2018

Kabo Int’l, Sky Italia ink licensing deal

Distributor Kabo International licensed the deal of the 24 x 45-minute series Matchmaking Kids as well as the 13 x 45-minute series Planning Mom and Dad’s Wedding (pictured).

Matchmaking Kids sees the youngest members of a family forming a selection committee with two close relations, before they meet with 10 candidates to determine whether they are suitable to become their step-parents. Once the kids are won over by two suitors, they’ll meet the single parent, visit the family home and complete a series of challenges that put the two finalists to the test.

In Planning Mom and Dad’s Wedding, children play the role of wedding organizers alongside three seasoned wedding organizers. They make decisions on cake, decoration, location, wedding dress, catering and more.

The two Avanti Groupe factual entertainment series are set to air on Italian network Sky Italia this summer.

Drive Media Rights sells factual and doc series into China

Drive Media Rights, the distribution arm of the production-funding agency Drive, has sold four one-hour films to China’s video sharing platform Bilibili.

Factual films headed to the digital streamer include Marilyn: The Auction of a Lifetime, Building Star Trek, How to Build a Human and Super Scary Plane Landings.

Bilibili has also picked up the SVOD rights to a number of factual series, including 8 Days That Made Rome (8 x 60 minutes), produced by October Films and Krempelwood; Volatile Earth (3 x 60 minutes) from Blink Films; and Why Are We Here? (4 x 60 minutes) from Tern TV.

HuBu Media Group in China also acquired the Free TV rights to Volatile Earth.

Armoza Formats’ The Four heads to Israel

Tel Aviv-based producer-distributor Armoza Formats’ primetime singing competition The Four has been licensed for local adaptation by Reshet 13 in Israel.

This marks the 19th country to pick up the Armoza-created format, which also includes a second season on Fox in the U.S.

The Four is a 13 x 90-120 minute format that sees four superstar-quality finalists announced in the season premiere, flipping the convention of other music competition shows. The four finalists will then have to face talented hopefuls aiming to nab their seat, with anyone becoming a contestant at any point of the series through submissions on a dedicated app.

Syndicado and Little Dot Studios announce content distribution deal

Toronto-based digital distribution company Syndicado and UK digital content studio Little Dot Studios have penned a new deal that will see more than 250 hours of factual content debut on Little Dot’s YouTube channels, including Real StoriesTimeline and Wild Things.

The TV series and documentaries streaming include D-Day Over Normandy, a 60-minute film on personal stories of those who served in WWII. Also part of the deal are The Last Ocean, an 88-minute special on the Ross Sea; and the Exodus Decoded, the 93-minute James Cameron-produced TV film.

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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