Channel 4 to remake Canadian format “Love It or List It”

UK broadcaster Channel 4 has penned a deal to remake Big Coat Productions' Canadian format Love It or List It (pictured).
November 11, 2014

In a deal brokered by Beyond Distribution, Toronto’s Big Coat Productions has licensed its Love It Or List It format – found on HGTV in the U.S. and on the W Network in Canada – to UK broadcaster Channel 4.

Location, Location, Location hosts Kirstie Allsopp and Phil Spencer will serve similar roles on the UK version of Love It or List It, as homeowners will decide either to keep their Allsopp-redesigned home or list it for a new home recommended by Spencer.

Spencer and Allsopp’s Raise The Roof Productions will produce 6 x 60-minute episodes of  Love It or List It for Channel 4 in 2015.

Love It or List It, currently hosted in Canada by designer Hillary Farr (pictured above, left) and realtor David Visentin (right), was first commissioned by Canada’s W Network seven years ago.

In a statement, Big Coat Productions CEO and executive producer Maria Armstrong said an international sale for Love It or List It helped establish Canada as a format heavyweight.

“The format sale to Channel 4 in the UK further underscores the significant universal appeal of Love It or List It,” she said. “The sale also demonstrates Big Coat’s further opening the door to position Canada as a global resource for high quality innovative formats.”


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