Unscripted

ITV’s “Best House” set up in Canada, Europe

Producer ITV Studios and distributor ITV Studios Global Entertainment have concluded multiple commissions for reality format May the Best House Win, penning deals with networks in Europe and Canada.
October 4, 2011

Producer ITV Studios and distributor ITV Studios Global Entertainment have concluded multiple commissions for reality format May the Best House Win, penning deals with networks in Europe and Canada.

Shaw Television in Canada has commissioned a 13-episode series for production by Toronto-based factual specialist Proper Television, which is set to debut on HGTV Canada in late 2012.

In Europe meanwhile, Belgium’s commercial network VTM has signed up for two series of four episodes each, to be produced locally by Endemol, which will TX from this autumn.

ITV Studios France, the company’s local production office based in Paris, has also just completed production on a pilot for national broadcaster France 2. A local version has also been produced in Spain by ITV Studios Spain for Antena 3.

The daytime show, which airs on ITV1 in the UK, sees four very different homeowners take turns to host a tour of their homes. Paul Buccieri, MD of ITV Studios International, said: “We have a strong history of launching daytime formats in the UK and rolling them out internationally.

“Shows like Come Dine With Me and Four Weddings have not only been produced around the world, in many instances they have graduated from daytime to primetime and gone on to become returning hits for local broadcasters.

May the Best House Win is equally versatile and we hope this fantastic show will become another high volume staple for our broadcast clients.”

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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