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Extra: “The Four” goes to Kazakhstan; Turkey, Thailand take “Guess My Age”

The Four goes to Kazakhstan Kazakhstani broadcaster KhabarTV has licensed primetime singing competition The Four from Israeli producer-distributor Armoza Formats. Twelve localized episodes will begin broadcasting on KhabarTV in September. The shiny-floor studio entertainment format (13 ...
June 26, 2018

The Four goes to Kazakhstan

Kazakhstani broadcaster KhabarTV has licensed primetime singing competition The Four from Israeli producer-distributor Armoza Formats.

Twelve localized episodes will begin broadcasting on KhabarTV in September.

The shiny-floor studio entertainment format (13 x 90-120 minutes) features four finalists who are announced in the season premiere as selected by the leading music judges. But in every episode, talented hopefuls will try to steal a seat from one of the final four. Anyone can become a contestant at any time via submissions on the dedicated app, but only the best will be able to challenge the four finalists.

The second season of the U.S. adaptation of the Armoza-created format is performing above Fox’s summer ratings, with the latest episode winning its Thursday night timeslot for the channel and ranking No. 1 among all U.S. networks in the 9-10 p.m. slot. In addition, Peru’s Latina is now airing a second live season of the format, following the success of the first season.

Passion Distribution inks CEE sales

London-based Passion Distribution has secured a raft of factual deals across Central and Eastern Europe.

Polish broadcaster TVN has acquired lifestyle titles including property makeover series Where To I Do? (8 x 30 minutes; Bell Media Studios, Motion Content Group) and travelogue Chilli Hunter (8 x 30 minutes; Beach House Pictures), as well as season 35 of award-winning docuseries Unreported World (6 x 30 minutes).

Also in Poland, TVP has taken the hour-long documentaries Big Ben: Saving The World’s Most Famous Clock (ITN Productions), Dara O’Briain Meets Stephen Hawking (Rain Media Entertainment, Big Red Productions) and Cannes: A Glamour Story (Pernel Media).

Finally, Poland’s Canal+ Discovery has picked up The Weather Channel’s docuseries That’s Amazing (8 x 60 minutes).

Elsewhere, Czech documentary channel Kinosvet has taken a 40-plus hour package of mystery and investigation programming including Curious and Unusual Deaths seasons 1 and 2 (19 x 30 minutes), Autopsy: Most Shocking Stories season1 (6 x 60 minutes), Close Encounters seasons 1 and 2 (27 x 30 minutes), and fact-ent series Spies (4 x 60 minutes; Minnow Films, Motion Content Group). Also included are several The Weather Channel commissions including Forecasting the End (6 x 30 minutes; Ping Pong Productions), Secrets of the Earth (9 x 30 minutes; Flight 33) and American Supernatural (8 x 30 minutes; Sirens Media).

In Russia, Nautical has acquired Karl Pilkington-fronted comedy travelogue An Idiot Abroad seasons 1 through 3 (19 x 60 minutes; Mentorn Media) from Mentorn Media, Risk and Me & You).

JSBC takes docudrama Scars of Nanking

Jiangsu Broadcasting Corporation (JSBC) has closed a deal with Viasat World to secure the rights to broadcast the Emmy Award-winning docudrama Scars of Nanking on Viasat History in July 2018.

The deal was negotiated by Viasat World’s Seniha Tunaboylu, head of content and acquisitions, and JSBC’s Li Hanchun, deputy director of international department.

The one-hour docudrama marks the 80th anniversary of the massacre by Japanese invaders during World War II, when American missionaries struggled to save Chinese civilians from slaughter and rape at the hands of Japanese invaders, while attempting to smuggle out evidence of the 1937 Nanking Massacre.

Vivendi sells Guess My Age globally

Vivendi Entertainment has completed deals that will see its shiny-floor format Guess My Age adapted locally in Turkey, Thailand and Poland.

Guess My Age (pictured) sees contestants guess the age of six complete strangers they’ve never seen before – with the help of five hints – for a chance to win US$117,000 (€100,000) over the six-round contest. Clues include “The Song”, which offers a song released on the stranger’s year of birth, and “The Photo”, in which a photo of cultural relevance will appear on screen from the stranger’s birth year.

Turkey’s KanalD will broadcast 13 episodes of the weekly primetime format, hosted by local talent Eser Yenenler, beginning on July 14.

Thai producer Zense, meanwhile, is exercising its option to produce a first series run of 26 episodes for Thai commercial network TV3. The localized adaptation is expected to launch in October.

Finally, Polish production outfit Rochstar has picked up rights to the series for local development.

The deals will bring Guess My Age to a total of 12 countries where the format will have been on air, with over 620 episodes produced globally.

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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