Twofour’s “This Time Next Year” heads to Europe
RTL Germany and TV2 Denmark have secured the rights to UK producer Twofour’s entertainment format This Time Next Year (pictured), slated for production immediately. ITV Studios’ United Production ApS will produce the 6 x 60-minute program for TV2 Denmark, while ITV Studios Germany will produce a 4 x 60-minute series for RTL Germany.
The series spotlights ordinary individuals undertaking life-altering transformations over the course of 12 months. Contestants will tell viewers what they aim to change about themselves by “this time next year.” From losing half their body weight, finding love or becoming a parent, the series will be delivered in an “instantaneous time travel” format, breaking away from the traditional makeover format.
Finalists announced in ITN Source short film competition
Adam Forrester’s Marfa, Texas, which blurs the lines between myth and reality; James Armstrong’s Ferguson, Missouri, on police brutality; and Matthew Sanger’s Mask, on the use of masks in current culture, are the top three finalists in the second annual ITN Source Short Film Competition, in association with Sheffield Doc/Fest and Audio Network.
The three-minute-long short films, which were selected from a list of 86 submissions, were created using footage from the ITN Source archive collection and up to 10 seconds of self-shot footage.
The doc shorts will be screened at this year’s Sheffield Doc/Fest, which runs June 10 to 15. Festival attendees will be given the opportunity to vote for their favorite through the Sheffield Doc/Fest website, with the winning film presented with a £1,000 (US$1,450) prize on June 14.
GRB Entertainment shares “Untold Stories” with Discovery Italy
California-based producer-distributor GRB Entertainment has inked a multiple-seasons’ deal with Discovery Italy for the medical docu-drama Untold Stories of the E.R. Discovery Italy, which last year acquired season one, picked up the remaining 10 seasons, alongside a holiday episode and specials. Produced by GRB for Discovery Life in the U.S., the series recounts the most bizarre cases from real-life emergency room doctors.