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Extra: Armoza’s “Surprise Teacher” heads to Norway; Pluto TV serves up Gusto content

Armoza sends Surprise Teacher to Norway Norwegian prodco Teddy TV has taken the local rights to Armoza Formats’ factual entertainment format The Surprise Teacher. Produced by Palomar Productions, The Surprise Teacher features a new celebrity guest ...
September 5, 2018

Armoza sends Surprise Teacher to Norway

Norwegian prodco Teddy TV has taken the local rights to Armoza Formats’ factual entertainment format The Surprise Teacher.

Produced by Palomar Productions, The Surprise Teacher features a new celebrity guest surprising a class of high school students each week to become their substitute teacher. The celebrity will give them a master class that reflects their passion and experiences.

Most recently, the format has been acquired in France by Banijay Productions France and in Spain with Astermedia-owned Verte. The Surprise Teacher recently wrapped its first season on Italy’s RAI2.

Pluto TV serves up Gusto content

Los Angeles-based free-streaming television platform Pluto TV has picked up a roster of Gusto World Media content.

Under the terms of the agreement, eight original series and four specials of Gusto’s will be available on Pluto TV, giving streaming audiences access to 75 hours of Gusto original content.

Pluto TV viewers will enjoy access to season one of Fish the Dish (15 x 30 minutes), The Urban Vegetarian (15 x 30 minutes); Spencer’s BIG 30 (13 x 30 minutes); Flour Power (13 x 30 minutes); One World Kitchen season one (15 x 30 minutes); Crate to Plate (4 x 30 minutes); Licence to Grill seasons one through three (39 x 30 minutes); Cook Like a Chef season one (25 x 30 minutes); Watts Up for the Holidays: Spencer’s Ultimate Christmas Recipes (1 x 60 minutes); Spencer and Robert’s Game Day Buffet (1 x 60 minutes); One World Kitchen Bakes the Holidays (1 x 60 minutes); and One World Kitchen: Our Favourite Holiday Recipes (1 x 60 minutes).

In addition, Bell Media in Canada has teamed with genetics website Ancestry and Gusto World Media to produce the culinary adventure series DNA Dinners.

Each episode of the series will follow participants as they take an Ancestry DNA test to discover their genetic origins. As this occurs, chefs are brought in to explore the cuisine and cooking techniques of each participant’s background.

Based on the format created by Chris Knight and produced by Gusto Worldwide Media, the 16 x 30-minute series is currently in production in Toronto and Ottawa.

CBC acquires rights to Holocaust doc

CBC & Radio-Canada Distribution, the licensing department of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, has picked up the worldwide rights, outside of North America, to Barry Avrich’s feature-length Holocaust documentary that will enjoy its world premiere at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival.

Written, directed and executive produced by Avrich, Prosecuting Evil: The Extraordinary World of Ben Ferencz tells the story of Ben Ferencz, an investigator of Nazi war crimes after World War II and the Chief Prosecutor for the U.S. Army at the Einsatzgruppen Trial during the Nuremberg trials.

Prosecuting Evil will have its Canadian television broadcast debut on the Documentary Channel this November.

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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