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FremantleMedia to shop “The Naked Truth” globally

The deal, which excludes the U.S., covers international format rights, as well as the 10 x 45-minute finished version of the series from indie prodco True North.
August 24, 2016

FremantleMedia is taking The Naked Truth (working title)global after picking up the world rights to the 10-part reality series from UK indie prodco True North.

The deal, which excludes the U.S., was announced Aug. 24 during a panel session at the Edinburgh TV Festival by Vasha Wallace, FremantleMedia’s EVP of global acquisitions and development.

It covers international format opportunities, as well as the 10 x 45-minute finished version of the series. It’s set to launch on Channel 4 later this year following its commission by the UK pubcaster in March.

Described in a statement by Wallace as “the most honest conversation you’ll ever have,” the series pits current couples, wannabe pairs, exes, friends and family members up against polygraph examiner Dan Ribacoff in a lie-detector test. The participants are put in the hot seat as they tackle uncomfortable subjects and relationship problems, with Ribacoff ultimately determining whether they are telling the truth.

The deal comes as True North puts increasing emphasis on format creation, according to Marc Allen, managing director. “To have such an exciting new show with a team and company so prolific in international format exploitation is a great combination,” he said.

The series is executive produced by Fiona O’Sullivan with Stuart Froude serving as series director.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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