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Extra: TVNZ gets “The Check-up”; Alfred Haber takes “Help! My House is Haunted!”

TVNZ picks up medical format from Seven Studios New Zealand’s leading free-to-air broadcaster TVNZ has acquired an original medical format from Great Southern Television, a division of Seven Studios. The Check-up sees three young ...
August 14, 2018

TVNZ picks up medical format from Seven Studios

New Zealand’s leading free-to-air broadcaster TVNZ has acquired an original medical format from Great Southern Television, a division of Seven Studios.

The Check-up sees three young doctors conducting state-of-the-art experiments and scrutinizing long-held beliefs, before reaching their own conclusions through a millennial lens.

“We’re looking at health from the perspective of digitally native professional doctors. Their take is radically more progressive – and future focused,” said executive producer Philip Smith in a statement. “We will see that these doctors are challenging preconceived notions and basically cutting through all the bull. And that’s exactly what this fresh, fun series will do – in spades. We will put old school medical myths under a new school microscope.”

The series is funded by NZ On Air and will premiere on TVNZ 1. The initial run will be 10 episodes.

Alfred Haber to distribute haunted house reality series

Alfred Haber Television has secured exclusive worldwide distribution rights (excluding the UK) to Help! My House is Haunted! from Ghost Adventures executive producer Zak Bagans.

Help! My House is Haunted! (pictured) follows three of the world’s leading paranormal investigators as they try to help families who believe they live in haunted houses to reclaim their homes.

The series premiered in the UK on UKTV on July 13. It is produced by My Entertainment and back2back Productions and will be offered by Alfred Haber Television at the forthcoming MIPCOM market in Cannes this October.

Banijay’s Temptation Island goes to Germany

Banijay Group has confirmed that its controversial reality format Temptation Island will launch in Germany on RTL and TV Now in 2019.

The series, produced by Banijay Productions Germany, will see four couples at a crossroads in their relationships spend 14 days apart at a summer resort.

Temptation Island: Temptation in Paradise will place each participant in a situation with plenty to tempt them away from their partners and explore whether they remain faithful, while also updating them on what their other halves have been up to in their absence. After a final 24-hour date with a single of their choice, each participant will be reunited with their partner and faced with the choice to go home together or walk away.

Casting is currently underway.

The German remake of the original Banijay Rights format was commissioned by TV Now, Mediengruppe RTL’s video-on-demand service, and recently picked up by USA Network, to be produced in the Banijay Group U.S. footprint.

Temptation Island is an iconic brand for Banijay Rights, having been in over 15 territories worldwide, and we can’t wait to bring this dramatic and experimental show back to German audiences via RTL and TV Now,” said Arno Schneppenheim, managing director of Banijay Productions Germany. “We are also thrilled to be the first production company creating a show specifically for the new service and are pleased it will play home to the ultimate on-screen relationship test.”

About The Author
Selina Chignall joins the realscreen team as a staff writer. Prior to working with rs, she covered lobbying activity at Hill Times Publishing. She also spent a year covering the Hill as a journalist with iPolitics. Her beat focused on youth, education, democratic reform, innovation and infrastructure. She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from Western University and a Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.

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