Electus sells dating format Matchmakers ahead of MIP
Electus International, the distribution arm of production studio Electus, has secured local licensing rights to remake the reality dating format Matchmakers from Belgium-based prodco Roses Are Blue with German broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1, who will air a first season in 2019.
Electus has also optioned the format to the Banijay Group across Italy, Denmark and India via its respective local production companies DRYMEDIA, Nordisk Film TV and Banijay Asia; and to Reservoir Productions, a Lagardere Studios company, in France.
Matchmakers sees unsuspecting singles sent on dates by their friends, who secretly pull the strings behind the scenes, overseeing three dates before letting their friends in on what they’ve been up to.
Bert Hamelinck, Anda Ackx and Mathias Coppens serve as executive producers for Roses Are Blue.
The format was first launched by Electus at MIPTV 2018
Endemol Shine sends factual thriller to the Netherlands
Global content creator, producer and distributor Endemol Shine Group has struck the first international deal for its new factual thriller The Heist.
Dutch broadcaster AVROTROS/NPO3 has commissioned Simpel Media, part of Endemol Shine Netherlands, to produce the 8 x 50-minute series.
In The Heist, known locally as De Buit, ordinary citizens commit a heist, pursued by expert detectives, vying for a large cash prize. The series wrapped filming last week and will air in early 2019.
The original The Heist (5 x 60 minutes), created by Endemol Shine UK’s Shine TV, and originally announced as Loot, will debut on Sky One in the UK this fall.
Talos Films, Blue Ant Media partner on The Witches of Salem
U.S. prodco Talos Films has partnered with international content producer, distributor and channel operator Blue Ant Media on the 8 x 60-minute docudrama The Witches of Salem.
Beginning in 1692, in Salem Village Massachussetts, local women were accused of demonic possession and witchcraft, with 20 being executed after a period of mass hysteria.
The Witches of Salem combines official documents and court records from the time with interviews with sociologists, psychologists and cultural historians. It also includes interviews with well-known personalities whose lives have been impacted by “modern day witch hunts.”
Talos and Blue Ant will launch the series at MIPCOM 2018 later this month.