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Extra: 5Star learns “Dirty Tricks”; Scorpion sells kids wildlife series to Nat Geo

5Star orders up Dirty Tricks from Vice UK commercial broadcaster Channel 5′s 5Star has ordered a new street magic series from Vice Studios. Dirty Tricks (6 x 60 minutes, w/t) features street magic used to con ...
September 21, 2018

5Star orders up Dirty Tricks from Vice

UK commercial broadcaster Channel 5′s 5Star has ordered a new street magic series from Vice Studios.

Dirty Tricks (6 x 60 minutes, w/t) features street magic used to con unsuspecting members of the public through astonishing tricks and scams.

Magician and social media celeb Ryan Tricks will front the series, making a number of guest appearances.

Dirty Tricks is executive produced by Vice Studios’ creative director Yonni Usiskin and Adam Hopkins, and commissioned by Sebastian Cardwell for 5Star.

Nat Geo adds children’s travel series from Scorpion TV

Indie content distributor Scorpion TV has sold the children’s wildlife travel series Siyaya: Come Wild With Us (pictured) to National Geographic Channels for its Middle East and North African feeds.

Set in and around South Africa’s national parks, the series follows young adventurers, often from disadvantaged backgrounds, as they explore caves, run wild rivers, abseil down cliffs and generally discover everything nature has to offer.

Siyaya: Come Wild With Us is produced by Francois Odendaal Productions, of FOP Films, for South African pubcaster SABC.

In addition to the Siyaya: Africa titles, Siyaya: China, Siyaya: USA and Siyaya: Coast to Coast are currently in development, and Scorpion is working with FOP Films to expand the franchise while seeking co-productions with local broadcasters.

“Thanks to its vast network of scientists, researchers, national-park wardens and environmentalists, [FOP Films'] production team has access to locations that are not only surprising, exciting and different, but generally inaccessible to film crews,” said David Cornwall, CEO and founder of Scorpion TV, in a statement.

Banijay Rights’ The Legacy to air in Belgium

Banijay Rights, the leading distribution arm of global producer and distributor Banijay Group, has revealed that its long-running entertainment format, The Legacy, has been picked up in Belgium for the first time.

Locally titled Les Associés, the commission includes 86 episodes (45 minutes) of the game show.

The Legacy has already been expanded to eight territories and has been running for more than 15 years.

In each episode, contestants vie for a cash prize, which is initially split up between each player equally. Soon, contestants work to duel and steal from each other, eliminating the competition one round at a time.

Les Associés is produced by Zodiak Belgium for RTBF and will begin to air Sept. 24 on RTBF’s french-speaking free-to-air channel La Une.

 

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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