Extra: Deals for “Marry Me Now,” Content TV hires Stephen Joy

In today's 'Extra,' Armoza Formats sells Marry Me Now into Germany and Italy, Content Television hires a director of UK and SVOD sales, and BBC and Discovery partner to air the Olympic Games.
February 2, 2016

Armoza’s Marry Me Now heads to Germany, Italy

ProSiebenSat.1 in Germany and Endemol Shine in Italy have acquired Marry Me Now (pictured) from Armoza Formats. The two companies are the first to acquire the docu-reality format since the Israeli producer-distributor launched it last month during NATPE. Each episode of the 60-minute series follows a different woman as she prepares for a wedding without her groom-to-be’s knowledge and then makes a surprise proposal.

Stephen Joy to head up UK and SVOD sales for Content Television

Content Television has hired Stephen Joy as director of UK and SVOD sales, a newly created position. Based in London, Joy will head up UK sales for the company’s portfolio, manage relationships with SVOD platforms globally as well as the transactional model for its own UK platform TVOD/DTO. He previously worked as the director of TV and digital for Koch Media UK where he managed new media accounts and TV sales for feature film and documentaries. He also worked at Entertainment One where he handled TVOD rights in the UK for film franchises such as The Twilight Saga.

BBC to air Olympic Games coverage in the UK through 2024

The BBC will continue to air the Olympic Games through 2024 through a deal with Discovery Communications. Last year, the International Olympic Committee awarded Discovery and Eurosport the exclusive rights – including free-to-air and pay-TV – to the Games from 2018 to 2024. The deal with the BBC will give the British pubcaster free-to-air and non-exclusive radio rights to the 2022 and 2024 Games. In turn, Discovery will sub-license exclusive pay-TV rights in the UK for the 2018 and 2020 Olympic Games.

ACM Talent opens unscripted division

New York and California-based talent management company ACM Talent has opened an unscripted division for voiceover talent.

The division will be overseen by company co-founder Marc Guss. “The unscripted world has proven to be an extremely valuable area for high level voiceover talent as it relates to narrations and sizzle reels,” he said in a statement. “We’ve decided to dedicate an area of our company that specifically addresses the needs of unscripted programming, the most coveted area of television and digital.”

Manhattan Production Music opens LA office

New York-based Manhattan Production Music has opened a Los Angeles office, while naming Andrew Robbins, most recently with MusicBox, as its senior director of film and TV music. Robbins will be based out of LA.

“Andrew is a highly regarded and well-respected executive within our specialized universe of production music,” said Norman Chesky, CEO/Founder, Manhattan Production Music, in a statement. “He has established hundreds of strong relationships with key producers, editors and music supervisors, and will surely become a key representative of our music catalog across all media platforms. We welcome him to the team.”

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