“Come Date With Me” heads to Canada, Sweden

Distributor ITV Studios Global Entertainment has sold the matchmaking format Come Date With Me (pictured) to broadcasters in Canada, Sweden, Ukraine and Latvia.
May 24, 2012

Broadcasters in four global markets have greenlit local versions of the ITV Studios’ format Come Date With Me (pictured).

ITV Studios Nordic will produce the show for Viasat Broadcasting in Sweden, while ITV Studios Global Entertainment (ITVS GE) has sold the format to Canada’s W Network, Ukraine‚Äôs STB and Latvia’s Viasat Broadcasting to be produced by local production companies in those territories.

The matchmaking show debuted on Channel 4 in the United Kingdom and has since been commissioned by Network Ten in Australia. Negotiations are underway in other territories, according to the company.

The format is similar to ITV’s Come Dine With Me competition series, but replaces the dinner party with a dating scenario: a group of men must compete for the heart of a woman (or vice versa) by hosting intimate dinner dates in their own homes.

The Swedish version is executive produced by Hans Engholm, CEO of ITV Studios Nordic, and the Canadian, Ukrainian and Latvian sales were respectively brokered by Tania Jacobson, VP of sales for North America; Dorit Schilling, senior sales executive for Russia, Germany and Eastern Europe; and Jennifer Ebell, senior sales executive for Central & Eastern Europe, Israel, Greece, Cyprus and Turkey.

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