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Extra: Poland gets Armoza’s “Mind Blowing”; “The Heist” hits Sweden

Poland hypnotized by Armoza’s Mind Blowing Polish production shop Golden Media has acquired the local rights to the mentalism format Mind Blowing from Israeli producer-distributor Armoza Formats. The 30-minute fact-ent format ...
June 25, 2019

Poland hypnotized by Armoza’s Mind Blowing

Polish production shop Golden Media has acquired the local rights to the mentalism format Mind Blowing from Israeli producer-distributor Armoza Formats.

The 30-minute fact-ent format (pictured) from Art Media, which was launched by Armoza at this year’s MIPTV, features celebrity illusionist Nimrod Harel as he provides a rare glimpse behind the curtains of the supernatural world. Shot in one take and with no special effects, the series enables viewers to watch incredible feats from the perspective of the mentalist himself.

Three seasons of Mind Blowing have already broadcast in Israel.

Passion inks fact-ent, lifestyle sales in CEE

London-based sales house Passion Distribution has secured a raft of sales of more than 130 hours of factual entertainment, lifestyle and documentary programming across Central and Eastern Europe.

AMC Networks International in Central and Northern Europe has acquired a package of 90-plus hours of fact-ent and lifestyle content for its Spektrum Home channel in Hungary and for Spektrum in the Hungarian, Czech and Slovak territories. Titles include World’s Deadliest (13 x 60 minutes; Back2Back Productions), Heroes and Survivors (8 x 60 minutes), seasons one and two of SOS: How to Survive (14 x 60 minutes), seasons one and two of Where To I Do? (16 x 30 minutes; Bell Media Studios & Motion Content Group), and seasons one and two Charlie Luxton’s Homes by the Med (12 x 60 minutes; True North Productions).

Poland’s Polsat Café, meanwhile, has taken The Sex Clinic (6 x 60 minutes) from Firecracker Films for Channel 4′s E4 in the UK , as well as seasons one and two of Price of Fame (10 x 60 minutes) from AMS Pictures for Reelz.

TVN has acquired Dr. Christian: 12 Hours to Cure Your Street (10 x 60 minutes; Firecracker Films for UKTV’s W channel) for the TLC channel in Poland and season 36 of docuseries Unreported World (8 x 30 minutes), produced by Quicksilver for Channel 4.

Elsewhere, Ukraine’s Xsport has picked up seasons eight through 10 of Robot Wars (22 x 60 minutes), which was produced by Mentorn Media, SJP Media and BBC Studios for BBC2.

Arabia with Levison Wood goes global

Sky Vision, a production and distribution wing of Comcast-owned Sky, has sent explorer Levison Wood‘s latest adventure series Arabia with Levison Wood to broadcasters worldwide.

The five-part series has been picked up by a number of international buyers, including Discovery Networks in Asia Pacific and BBC Worldwide. Other territories include Australia, Canada, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Poland, Israel, New Zealand, Croatia, Latvia and Hong Kong.

Produced by Wood’s Blackmane Media, Arabia with Levison Wood follows the British Army officer and explorer on an expedition through the Middle East – from Iraq to Lebanon – to meet region’s people and explore its histories and culture.

Arabia with Levison Wood world premieres on Discovery UK on June 27 at 9 p.m.

Endemol Shine sends factual thriller to Sweden

Swedish pubcaster SVT has acquired the local rights to factual thriller The Heist from global content creator, producer and distributor Endemol Shine Group.

The Nordic adaptation, which will be known locally as Tjuv och polis, marks the third market for the factual series. It will be produced locally by Meter Television, part of Endemol Shine Nordics.

In The Heist, ordinary citizens commit a heist, pursued by expert detectives, vying for a large cash prize. The Swedish version is anticipated to premiere later this year.

The original The Heist (5 x 60 minutes), created by Endemol Shine UK’s Shine TV, and originally announced as Loot, is set to return for a second season on the UK’s Sky One in 2020 following a successful run earlier this year.

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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