S4C, Sony Pictures TV renew partnership agreement

Welsh broadcaster S4C has made two full series commissions following the renewal of a partnership with Sony Pictures Television aimed at developing unscripted formats (Pictured: Wild Recruits)
July 17, 2015

Welsh broadcaster S4C has ordered two full series following the renewal of a partnership with Sony Pictures Television (SPT) that sees the development of unscripted formats.

The agreement – now entering its second year – will see the two parties collaborating with a number of Welsh prodcos on factual formats. SPT will globally distribute the original unscripted content, which focuses on factual, reality and game show genres for local and international markets.

According to a release issued by S4C, the companies selected two formats from a range of submissions received over the past year. The two selections were developed into TX pilots, and have now secured full series orders from the broadcaster.

The first of the two commissions is the 6 x 60-minute competition series Wild Recruits (Ar y Dibyn; pictured). Produced by Wales-based Cwmni Da, the series pits eight contestants against one another in a variety of outdoor challenges, physical tests and leadership assessments in a bid to become the top professional outdoor adventure leader. Hosted by Lowri Morgan and Dilwyn Sanderson-Jones, the format is currently in production and will air across S4C this fall.

Elsewhere, the tentatively titled Model Builder (Ffasiwn Bildar) will search for a model representative for the building trade. The 6 x 30-minute series – which will be filmed this summer and premiere in 2016 – is produced by Teledu Avanti cyf with Tracy-Jean of SPT and Emyr Afan of Teledu Avanti serving as executive producers.

Additionally, SPT and S4C are currently collaborating on two pilot series. While one will follow the revival of traditional trades, another delves into the world of trucking.

“This is an exciting and valuable collaboration for all parties involved,” said Elen Rhys, content commissioner for entertainment at S4C, in a statement. “As well as sharing creative expertise and innovative new ideas, one of the great advantages of the scheme is to make the most of what the creative industries have to offer and to showcase Wales across the world, opening economic opportunities for broadcasters to buy into our formats and offering the chance to come here to make their programs.”

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