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Extra: “Family Feud” heads to Africa; Endemol Shine, Discovery LatAm ink deal

Fremantle takes Family Feud to South Africa, Ghana; Steve Harvey to host Family Feud‘s Steve Harvey will host the game show’s South African and Ghanian versions. In a deal with the format’s ...
August 27, 2019

Fremantle takes Family Feud to South Africa, Ghana; Steve Harvey to host

Family Feud‘s Steve Harvey will host the game show’s South African and Ghanian versions.

In a deal with the format’s owner – global producer-distributor Fremantle – Harvey’s (pictured) international business and media company Steve Harvey Global obtained the rights to license the African versions of Family Feud.

The local versions will be produced by Fremantle’s production partner in the region, Johannesburg-based Rapid Blue, part of BBC Studios’ international family of prodcos.

Harvey has hosted the series’ American version since 2010. Since its inception in 1976, Fremantle has placed the much-loved gameshow in over 70 international markets including the UK, Australia, France, India and Indonesia.

“Bringing Family Feud to Africa has long been a dream of mine,” Harvey said in a statement. “I believe Family Feud will become a household name for local South African and Ghanaian families. And this is just the beginning in Africa. I expect this show to lead to multiple media and business projects in and throughout the continent.”

Production is expected to get underway in the last quarter of 2019 and the show will begin airing in Africa in the second quarter of 2020.

Endemol Shine International signs multi deal with Discovery Latin America

Endemol Shine International, the global distribution arm of Endemol Shine Group, is licensing seasons of a number of non-scripted series to Discovery Latin America.

Seasons one and two of MasterChef Latino and new seasons of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and Trading Spaces will air on the Discovery Home and Health channel across the LatAm region.

MasterChef Latino is produced by Endemol Shine Boomdog, the Spanish language division of Endemol Shine Group’s North American arm, for NBCUniversal-owned Spanish television net Telemundo.

The rebooted home renovation series Extreme Makeover: Home Edition will be hosted by Modern Family actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson. Discovery-owned home improvement network HGTV ordered 10 new episodes of the series from Endemol Shine North America in January.

Based on the original Endemol Shine UK show Changing RoomsTrading Spaces returned to TLC in 2018 after a decade-long hiatus. The series is produced by Authentic Entertainment, a subsidiary of Endemol Shine North America.

Silverlining offers up Prince Albert documentary

UK-based distributor Silverlining Rights is offering its documentary Prince Albert: A Victorian Hero Revealed to channels worldwide following the film’s Aug. 24 premiere on Channel 4.

Produced by London-based indie Spun Gold Television, the film seeks to expose the extent of the power and visionary influence of Prince Albert, husband to Queen Victoria, on Victorian Britain. Bridget Boseley serves as executive producer.

The documentary draws on private papers and diaries, art collections and pioneering photographs – all of which is currently being digitized and will be available online for the public to access.

In Prince Albert: A Victorian Hero Revealed, historian and professor Saul David examines Prince Albert’s influence on culture, governmental policy and international relations.

“SBS Australia came on board quickly with a pre-sale offer and we have strong interest in it as a ready-made in other major territories,” said Silverlining MD Bethan Corney in a statement. “Royal documentaries are of particular interest in Scandinavia, Benelux and the English-speaking territories, but with Prince Albert’s German origins I don’t think it will be long before a channel snaps it up there.”

Silverlining is taking the documentary to MIPCOM 2019 as part of a slate of new titles that include the 3 x 60-minute docuseries Strictly Street Dance from Knickerbockerglory and 60-minute film Secret Life of the Mega Resort from Brinkworth Films.

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Daniele Alcinii is a news editor at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joined the RS team in 2015 with experience in journalism following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and with communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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