Lego Masters sold in Dutch, Flemish markets
The Netherlands and Belgium are the latest territories to pick up Endemol Shine Group’s Lego Masters format following deals in the UK, U.S., Australia and Germany.
Endemol Shine Netherlands has been commissioned by RTL in the Netherlands and VTM in Belgium to produce a first series of the show (pictured), which sees building pairs compete to create “eye-popping” Lego constructions.
Casting for the four Dutch and four Flemish pairs is underway.
Originally created by UK indie Tuesday’s Child, Lego Masters has aired two series on British pubcaster Channel 4.
It has been commissioned for a second season in Australia on Channel 9, and was produced in Germany for RTL last year.
U.S. broadcaster Fox recently greenlit the competition series from actor Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment and Endemol Shine North America.
SBS orders Celebrity Mastermind
Australian pubcaster SBS has commissioned a celebrity version of BBC Studios’ Mastermind format.
Host Jennifer Byrne will quiz celebrities on specialist and general knowledge in the 5 x 60-minute special Celebrity Mastermind.
SBS also ordered a second series of Mastermind, returning in 2020.
Lucy De Luca serves as executive producer for both series.
TVF sends titles to China
Factual indie distributor TVF International has struck a number of deals with iQiyi, Bili Bili and BesTV in China.
VOD iQiyi picked up streaming rights to China Love (1 x 90 minutes), produced by Australia-based Media Stockade for ABC Australia, about the country’s booming pre-wedding photography industry; and wildlife series China Wild (5 x 50 minutes), produced by CICC and Meridian Line Films.
The deal builds upon the streamer’s partnership with TVF, with iQiyi recently licensing a further 121 hours of programming.
Video sharing and VOD platform Bili Bili licensed more than 300 hours of programming from TVF through an ongoing ouput deal.
The latest package includes science and tech-focused titles such as Algorithms: How They Rule Our World (2 x 47 minutes, Channel NewsAsia) from Mediacorp; wildlife series Dog’s Best Friend (25 x 22 minutes, Animal Planet) from Summerhill Entertainment; and Asia-focused John Torode’s Asia (10 x 23 minutes, UKTV) from Tin Roof Media.
Shanghai Media Group-owned BesTV picked up more than 50 hours of programming, including titles such as aerial travel show Aerial Asia (4 x 60 minutes) from Mediacorp; space exploration special The World’s Most Powerful Telescopes (1 x 60 minutes) from producer Martin Hans Schmitt; and blue chip David Attenborough wildlife series Wild City (3 x 46 minutes) from Beach House Pictures.
AVOD launches in UK
European AVOD and SVOD operator Video Solutions AG launched its free streaming AVOD service W4Free.com today (Nov. 20) in the UK.
The platform will offer a “curated mix” of short form lifestyle, crime, movies and television.
UK telco Sky, owned by Comcast, will handle advertising sales for the AVOD.
“Launching W4free.com marks an important step in Video Solutions expansion plans, we are fully committed to the free streaming space and believe the UK is a natural extension to our already successful Watch4Free.com service that is available in Germany, Switzerland and Austria. We have a strong launch programme line from UK, USA, Australia and Canada,” Chris Sharp, chairman of Video Solutions AG, said in a statement.