RTL4 orders Dutch version of “Out of the Silence”

The Dutch broadcaster has commissioned three episodes of Out Of The Silence (pictured), a format that follows deaf people who are given an implant that enables them to hear.
July 2, 2014

Dutch broadcaster RTL4 has commissioned three episodes of Out Of The Silence (pictured), a format about deaf people who are given a life-changing implant that enables them to hear, often for the first time.

Due to air this fall, the Dutch version will be entitled Doof! (meaning Deaf!) and will be hosted by RTL presenter Natasja Froger.  The format was created and is co-owned by Tuvalu Media and FormatKitchen.

Last month, distributor DRG optioned the format to Norway’s Novemberfilm, Sweden’s Titan, Denmark’s Gong, Finland’s Moskito, Ireland’s Loosehorse Television and Australia and New Zealand’s CJZ. Companies in France and Israel also acquired local remake rights.

DRG acquired the international rights to Out of the Silence at MIPTV following the launch of its global formats division, DRG Formats, in March.

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