Bandicoot TV takes local rights to Singerella
UK’s Bandicoot TV has acquired the local rights to Armoza Formats’ prime time factual entertainment format, Singerella.
The 60-minute weekly series features one woman with unfulfilled musical dreams as she’s provided with the opportunity to sing with a music industry icon in front of thousands of people.
The deal marks the first international agreement for Singerella, which was launched at MIPCOM 2018, and is the second singing series developed by Armoza, following last year’s release of The Four.
Zig Zag, CJ ENM, IMTV and BBC Studios partner on Dating Detectives
Danny Fenton’s London-based indie Zig Zag Productions has inked a copro and distribution deal with South Korea-based producer and channel operator CJ ENM, production house IMTV and BBC Studios for a dating and crime procedural mash-up format.
Dating Detectives features real-life detectives as they assist singletons in search of love uncover their ideal partner using real-life investigative techniques.
By utilizing forensics, interrogation and psychological profiling methods, detectives will determine each dater’s inherent goodness, ethics, kindness and generosity. Based on the detectives’ findings, the potential dates will then get whittled down to one and matched up with the show’s contestant.
The format was created by Zig Zag and was co-developed the project with IMTV, with a Korean and English-language broadcast pilot produced. IMTV produced the South Korean version for broadcast on CJ ENM’s general entertainment channel tvN.
BBC Studios Distribution, meanwhile, provided co-funding for the format’s development and holds worldwide distribution rights to Dating Detectives in all territories except the UK and South Korea.
BBC Arts goes back in time with arts and crafts series
BBC Arts is transporting modern-day craftspeople back in time to experience the arts and crafts movement in an upcoming series produced by Lion Television Scotland.
Titled The Victorian House of Arts and Crafts, the series will take a group of six artisans back in time to a remote Victorian bubble where they must revamp an original arts and crafts property. Cut off from modern life, the craftspeople will form a community where they live and work collectively; and redo four key rooms, making everything from scratch and adhering to the rules of the movement.
The team will make hand-printed wallpaper, bespoke craft furniture, furnishings, and ceramics using archives and original source material related to the home and community.
The Victorian House of Arts and Crafts will be executive produced by Lion’s Lisa Hazlehurst and Nick Catliff, with Jeremy Daldry as series editor. It was commissioned by the BBC’s Emma Cahusac.
The Victorian House of Arts and Crafts will air on BBC2 in early 2019
Dorsey Pictures teams with Immersion Neuroscience
Lifestyle TV prodco Dorsey pictures, a Red Arrow Studios company, has partnered with Immersion Neuroscience, a company that measures unconscious audience responses, to test series and concepts through audience impact analysis.
Immersion Neuroscience technology will be used to bring pre-tested Dorsey projects to networks.
The technology was created by Immersion Neuroscience CEO and co-founder Paul Zak, who recently led one of the largest studies on cable television immersion with measurement of 25 different programs, checking his results against existing Nielsen ratings to demonstrate how the platform can predict future television ratings.
Zak’s system aims to cut down on the relatively high failure rates of test audiences who self-report during content testing sessions that haven’t been substantially updated in decades.
“Network executives often lament the guesswork involved in series orders, so we wanted to help find a solution that embraces the best available technology that is a quantum leap past most conventional content measurement and allows networks to make more informed buy decisions,” said Dorsey Pictures founding partner Chris Dorsey in a statement. “We think it will offer network buyers an insurance policy of sorts when choosing which projects to green light.”
“Unlike most conventional content research, which often uses unreliable self-reporting, Immersion goes straight to the brain and measures second-by-second reactions to content and characters and delivers that information in real time,” added Zak. “Networks and advertisers have been focusing on demographics when they should be focusing on neurographics, which is the best predictor of content enjoyment and social shares.”