Germany’s RTL picks up “The Audience”

German broadcaster RTL will begin airing a local version of reality format The Audience (pictured) on March 27.
February 26, 2013

German broadcaster RTL has commissioned ITV Studios Germany to produce a local version of reality format The Audience (pictured).

Originally produced by UK indie The Garden for Channel 4, the four x 46-minutes series will begin airing in the country on March 27 under the title Die Zuschauer.

In each episode, an audience of 50 people follows a person facing a life-changing decision for a week and crowd-sources answers to their problems.

Distributor ITV Studios Global Entertainment (ITVS GE) – which represents the format internationally as part of a first-look deal with The Garden – recently sold the format to TV3 in Norway and Viasat 3 in Hungary, bringing the total number of countries airing The Audience to seven.

Earlier this year, the series launched in Denmark on DR1, produced by Blu. Other versions include France’s TF1, Netherland’s RTL4 and the upcoming Canadian version on the W Network.

The Audience is a unique format which has enjoyed success around the world and we are sure it will prove just as popular with German viewers,” said ITV Studios Germany MD Jan Kromschroeder in a statement.

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