The MIPCOM 2015 Shopper’s Guide, part two

As the unscripted and non-fiction worlds prepare to descend upon the French Riviera for the 31st annual MIPCOM market, realscreen presents the second installment of our round-up of new titles heading to the Croisette.
October 2, 2015

An extensive array of non-fiction titles will be launched at Cannes during the 31st annual MIPCOM market, running from October 5 to 8. Ahead of the excitement, realscreen presents part two of our round-up of titles heading to the Croisette. Check out part one of our Shopper’s Guide here, and our editorial team’s 2015 MIPCOM Picks here.

A+E Networks

The U.S. network is set to launch a new format slate at this month’s MIPCOM market led by three series from History and FYI.

The Leftfield Pictures-produced self-shot series Alone – which premiered earlier this summer on History – documents 10 survivalists isolated on British Columbia’s Vancouver Island. Carrying only what they can fit in a backpack, the survivalists are completely separated from one another in unforgiving terrain to hunt, build shelters and fend off predators. The last contestant standing wins US$500,000. Production on season two is slated to begin this fall on Vancouver Island.

Competition culinary program Man vs. Child: Chef Showdown from Kinetic Content will also head to the Croisette. The 14 x 60-minute series pits five talented youth cooks aged seven to 14 against professionally trained chefs in three challenge rounds. Judges will taste each dish to decide the winners of each respective round, with the final round determined by a blind taste test. The series ranks as FYI’s highest rated food premiere.

Elsewhere, experimental marriage series The Seven Year Switch follows the journeys of couples reaching a breaking point in their marriage. The 8 x 60-minute Kinetic Content-produced series documents the two-week journey of four couples participating in experimental “switch therapy” to determine whether they have chosen the correct life partner. The two-week experiment culminates with each couple reuniting to either part ways and divorce or reaffirm their commitment and renew their vows.

Other titles headed to the French Riviera include fashion series Get Swank’d and Style Unzipped; relationship series Bride & Prejudice; competition series Photo Face-Off and Smartest Guy in the Room; and property series Unplugged NationWaterfront House Hunting and We’re Moving In.

Beyond Distribution

Australia’s Beyond Distribution returns to the French Riviera with a raft of new factual series.

Among the slate’s offerings is Candela and Helion Pictures’ Mountain Rescue, an adventure series atop Mont Blanc – the highest mountain in the Alps – that follows the men and women risking their lives in avalanches, snowstorms and rockslides to rescue the stranded. It is co-produced byDiscovery Channel France and RMC DécouverteFrance.

Meanwhile, Beyond will also launch the Untamed Productions-made Chasing Monsters (12 x 60 minutes), in which host Cyril Chauquet attempts to track down dangerous underwater creatures in remote locales. The series has recently begun airing on commissioning broadcaster Evasion Canada, as well as Spike in the UK.

Corus Entertainment

Corus Entertainment will introduce three unscripted reality series at this year’s market.

The tentatively titled Cheer Stars (10 x 60 minutes) from Vancouver’s Good Human Productions in association with W Network is the first unscripted series launching at MIPCOM. The series chronicles the lives of a world champion competitive cheerleading team as they attempt to defend their title.

Meanwhile, real estate format Buying the View (26 x 30 minutes) follows homebuyers across North America in their search for properties that encompass, above all else, a spectacular view. The series is produced by Toronto-based Our House Media in association with W Network.

Finally, Masters of Flip (12 x 60 minutes) – produced by Rhino Content and developed in association with W Network – shadows house-flipping experts Kortney and Dave Wilson (Meet the Wilsons, Kortney & Dave: By Request) as they transform dilapidated properties into family dream homes. Corus Entertainment retains the international distribution rights to the series.

DCD Rights

Independent UK-based distributor DCD Rights is bringing its recent music documentary acquisition, Jimi Hendrix: Electric Church, following its September 4 premiere on Showtime.

The 90-minute film, produced by Experience Hendrix, spotlights Hendrix’s 1970 performance at the Second Atlanta International Pop Festival and features unreleased footage and interviews with former band mates Billy Cox and the late Mitch Mitchell, as well as Paul McCartney, Steve Winwood, the Black Crow’s Rich Robinson, and Metallica’s Kirk Hammett.

The distributor will also debut Sarah Graham’s Food Safari (13 x 30 minutes, Okuhle Media for M-Net), which has already been signed to a pre-sale deal with Cooking Channel and is expected to premiere across the U.S. in 2016. The cookery series explores some of Africa’s most interesting and exciting foods.

Flame Distribution

Australian indie distributor will launch more than 200 hours of new factual and documentary content in Cannes this fall, including Restoration Garage from Montreal’s Pixcom International.

The 18 x 60-minute series, which is produced for History Canada, follows the employees of an antique and classic car restoration company as they refurbish such timeless vehicles as the Bugatti Aerolithe and a 1969 Ford Road Runner GTX.

Meanwhile, Flame will look to distribute Hairy Bikers – The Pubs That Built Britain (15 x 30 minutes, for BBC), focusing on the UK adventures of Si King and Dave Myers as they visit the pubs at the heart of communities across Britain.

ITV Studios

The ITV-owned prodco is slated to launch a raft of new entertainment, game show and factual formats at this month’s marketplace.

Heading the list of new series is Pick Me for ITV from ITV Studios entertainment label Possessed, which provides audience members with the opportunity to play for a grand prize by providing false answers to a question in order to convince the picker they hold the prize.

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Love Island

Other titles include the ITV Studios-produced Love Island for ITV2, a reality dating platform that sees a group of single individuals seeking love in a luxury villa; game show format 5 Star Family Reunion, a 12 Yard Productions and Boom Cymru co-pro for BBC1 that sees a family and their long-lost overseas relatives working together via satellite link for a chance to win a family reunion; and Emergency Room from ITV Studios for ITV, a medical talk show with a host flanked by real doctors and nurses as they meet patients with extensive medical issues.

Also headed to MIPCOM is the cooking competitions series BBQ Champ from Whizz Kid Entertainment and County of Kings for ITV, which pits eight contestants in weekly challenges; Dream Day from ITV Studios Nordic for YLE Finland, which sees celebrities attempt to fulfill the life wishes of the elderly; The Instant Gardener from 12 Yard Productions for ITV, a garden makeover series; and Hello Campers from 12 Yard for ITV, a culinary camping competition program for weekly cash prizes.

Finally, 12 Yard Productions is also bringing the property game show series Guess This House to Cannes for ITV. The series will challenge two couples to guess the value of mystery homes and everything in them for a cash prize.

Gusto TV

Canadian food and lifestyle channel Gusto is at MIPCOM with a new 4K slate that includes the six-part 30-minute Fish – The Adventure, in which a thrill-seeking chef sets out in search of the best “fish experience” of his life, as well as Fish – The Dish (15 x 30 minutes, 60 webisodes and recipes), a culinary series revolving around seafood.

The Canadian network will also launch Crate to Plate (6 x 30 minutes), focusing on the lives individuals responsible for growing the food we eat; One World Kitchen (30 x 30 minutes, 120 webisodes and recipes), in which five global cuisines – Italian, Argentinian, Thai, Japanese and Indian – are celebrated; and finally, A is for Apple (30 x 30, 60 webisodes and recipes), a millennial-targeted series featuring three young amateur chefs as they explore the world of food.

GRB Entertainment

The LA-based distribution and production company is taking a raft of factual entertainment programs, reality series and documentaries to the fall marketplace.

Kicking off the slate is Angels Among Us for CMT, which follows the stories of people who believe saintly spirits saved them from fatal injury; FBI Takedowns for Discovery Networks, tracing elite FBI agents searching for the world’s most wanted criminals; Ain’t That America for MTV2a comedic exploration of shocking viral videos with host rapper-comedian Lil Duval.

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All Eyes on Brazil

Additional programs slated to debut at MIPCOM include This is Hot 97 for VH1, a behind-the-scenes look at a New York radio station, featuring such artists as Kanye West, Rick Ross and Wale; My Big Redneck Family for CMTfollowing the Clampet family and their parenting misadventures; and MANswers for Spike, providing a late-night platform for men to ask questions they’ve previously been too embarrassed to probe.

GRB will also bring two documentaries to MIPCOM, including Morgan Spurlock’s Meet The Hitlers, examining the relationship between a person’s name and their identity by exploring the lives of individuals linked by the name “Hitler”; and All Eyes on Brazil, about the 2014 FIFA World Cup, and how the event dramatically impacted cities around host country Brazil.


Nordic World

Scandinavian distributor Nordic World is this year celebrating its 10th anniversary and brings to Cannes six unscripted formats.

Headlining the format slate is the anticipated game show The Shortest Straw, from London formats company Boxatricks, which pits six challengers in five rapid-fire rounds of multiple-choice questions. Israel’s TV Format Fund, TV2 Norway and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? creator David Briggs back the quiz show.

Other formats include The Know Show from Seefood TV, a celebrity game show with a twist; Shut Up Woman! from DocEye Aps, tracking the phenomenon of social media harassment and confronting individuals who leave sexist hate messages; Dear Mom from Teddy (40 x 22.5 minutes), examining one new mom’s struggles with motherhood, and providing her with support and advice; Domestic Divas from Mind the Gap Films, teaching domestically-challenged youth a difficult lesson in basic life skills; and Dinner At My Place from Monster Entertainment, which sees cooking-challenged celebrities invite their star-studded friends over for dinner but encourage their guests to bring their own meals.

Passion Distribution

The London-based distributor will continue to build upon its relationship with director Dan Reed’s Amos Pictures with such titles as Terror in Paris and Frontline Fighting: The Brits Battling ISIS.

The tentatively titled Terror in Paris (1 x 60 minutes, for HBO) features exclusive interviews with survivors and law enforcement agencies, unreleased footage and user-generated content from the three-day siege that began with the attacks on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

frontline fighting

Frontline Fighting: The Brits Battling ISIS

Frontline Fighting: The Brits Battling ISIS (1 x 60 minutes, for Channel 4), meanwhile, follows three untrained volunteers from the UK, U.S. and Germany who take up arms with Kurdish fighters to reclaim Rojava from the Islamic State.

Other programs include the tentatively titled Taken (1 x 60 minutes, for Channel 4), tracing a team of ex-special forces operatives to stop children from being illegally taken abroad following relationship breakdowns; Escorts (1 x 60, for Channel 4), which documents the modern face of high-end prostitution and has been sold to Discovery Networks in Denmark and Finland, Medialaan in Belgium and TVN in Poland; and the previously aired From Russia With Cash (1 x 60 minutes, for Channel 4), which examines growing evidence that finds London’s property boom partly fueled by overseas buyers laundering money.

Pilot Productions

The UK producer will present a variety of travel and adventure series to programmers this year.

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Tough Boats


Kicking off the slate is the river-delta adventure mini series Tough Boats (6 x 52 minutes), tracing boat journeys in some of the toughest and most challenging environments on earth; the doc series Empire’s Plant Hunter: The Life and Times of Sir Joseph Banks (2 x 60 minutes)which details the naturalist and explorer’s circumnavigation and voyage of discovery to Australia, and features contributors with specialized knowledge of Banks’ life; Ottomans and Christians: Battle for Europe (3 x 52 minutes), in which recreationists and actors reconstruct the battles of these civilizations throughout the Balkans, Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.

Also headed to MIPCOM are The Story of Chocolate and The Story Of Coffee (both 1 x 52 minutes), documenting the history and growing popularity of both the coffee and cocoa bean.


The indie content distributor will be at this year’s market with factual series Live Takeover: London (7 x 22 minutes), a live music series shot in intimate venues across London featuring the likes of Ella Eyre, Fall Out Boy and Conor Maynard. The series was originally shot for MTV UK as Live Lockdown by London-based prodco JJ Stereo.

Meanwhile, Precious will produce and distribute an exclusive three-minute feature F1 Jenson Button Singapore Short Feature, focusing on Formula 1 McLaren-Honda driver Jenson Button. The feature, funded by Johnnie Walker, will be offered exclusively to broadcasters free of charge ahead of the Singapore Grand Prix. 

Raydar Media

The indie distributor and copro boutique will present a variety of titles to programmers this year, including Keeping It Country.

The 1 x 40-minute or 6 x 30 minutes ob-doc for BBC from Alleycat TV details the Northern Irish country music revival by following a young group of country music fans as they search for love on the dance floor.

Elsewhere, the Sundog-produced Reggie Yates: Race Riots in the USA (1 x 60 minutes, for BBC3 and BBC1) follows Reggie as he visits the town of Ferguson, Missouri to examine the position of African-Americans in U.S. society one year after the death of Michael Brown, the unarmed black teenager killed by a police officer. Bestsellers (1 x 60 minutes, for Channel 4), meanwhile, provides an educational special on shopping by harnessing the wealth of information hidden in retail sales data combined with  celebrity shoppers and shopping experts to reveal how the UK spent £300 billion in just one year.

Additional projects headed to MIPCOM include This is Greece (4 x 60 minutes or 8 x 30 minutes), shadowing Rome’s Invisible City’s Dr. Michael Scott’s adventures to remote Greek islands to find out what it means to live in the country through economic turmoil; and The Heartbeat of the Rotten Apple (4 x 60 minutes), about TV presenter and former musician Huey Morgan trawling the night life of New York in search of the heartbeat that makes it the most exciting city in the world.

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TransFatty Lives

Ro*co Films

The California-based distributor heads to the market with a number of film titles. Topping the slate are the Patrick O’Brien-directed Transfatty Lives – which led realscreen’s MIPCOM Picks and won the Audience Award at the Tribeca Film Festival – following O’Brien’s debilitating journey with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), and Sara Bordo’s SXSW Audience Award winner A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story, which chronicles how Lizzie, born with a rare syndrome that prevents her from gaining weight,managed to overcome cyber-bullying and become an anti-bullying activist.

Other documentaries heading to MIPCOM include Peter Galison and Robb Moss‘ Containment, which questions whether governments can contain radioactive materials from seeping into the earth; Yael Melamede’s (Dis)honesty – The Truth About Lies, which explores the human instinct to fib and its repercussions; Jennifer Seibel Newsom’s The Mask You Live In, following boys and young men as they struggle to negotiate America’s narrow definition of masculinity; and Leah Wolchok’s Very Semi-Serious, an in-depth look at the cartoonists of the New Yorker.

Scripps Networks Interactive

The Knoxville-headquartered media company will bring to Cannes its latest holiday-themed competition series, Cake Wars: Christmas (6 x 60 minutes).

The Super Delicious Productions-made series, which is hosted by Jonathan Bennett, features seven teams battling head-to-head through two rounds of challenges to craft eccentric cake displays for a US$50,000 grand prize.

Scripps will also bring the Milkman-produced travel eats series Craziest Restaurants in America to MIPCOM. The 6 x 30-minute series traverses the U.S. to unearth some of the most unique and peculiar restaurants around the country.

TCB Media Rights

The London-based distributor is set to bring 25 wide-reaching new programs to Cannes. Among them is the TVT Productions-made Royal Secrets (10 x 30 minutes) for ITV, revealing tight-lipped secrets of the British Royal Family.

Additional titles include Deals, Wheels and Steals (6 x 30 minutes, Attaboy TV for ITV), following eccentric UK car dealers; Inside Jaguar: Building the Car that Money Can’t Buy (1 x 60 minutes, Arrow Media), chronicling classic-car fanatic Mark Evans as he tracks down the exotic Jaguar Lightweight E Type; 41 Dogs in My Home (1 x 60 minutes, Middlechild Productions), exploring the world of extreme pet ownership; Mega-Yachts (1 x 60 minutes, Icon Films), looking at luxurious ocean palaces; and Trawler Town (4 x 60 minutes, Wild Pictures), offering exclusive access into the lives of the men aboard the Newlyn fishing fleet.

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