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Force Four options ITV’s “The Job Interview”

The eOne-owned company has inked a deal with ITV Studios Global Entertainment to secure the rights to the fixed-rig reality series.
September 8, 2016

Canadian unscripted TV prodco Force Four Entertainment has inked a deal with ITV Studios Global Entertainment for the rights to the new Channel 4 UK fixed-rig reality series The Job Interview.

The Entertainment One-owned company will immediately start seeking a home for the Canadian version of the show. EOne previously secured the rights to another fixed-rig reality series, First Dates, a format developed by Warner Bros. International, which it produces alongside Remedy Canada, in association with Shaw Media.

“When we heard about [The Job Interview], we got excited to build on our experience with the hyper-real fixed-rig technology,” said John Ritchie, chief creative officer of Force Four, in a statement.

Created and produced in the UK by ITV Studios producer Label1, The Job Interview follows a pair of employers per episode as they interview prospective employees for any number of jobs — from vehicle leasing to public relations to veterinarian medicine. Its UK premiere on Channel 4 on July 12 was watched by 1.5 million people, according to a statement from eOne.

Force Four’s unscripted production slate also includes Border Security: Canada’s Front Line, Border Security: America’s Front Line, Keeping Canada Alive and Tricked. The TV prodco was acquired by eOne in 2014.  

Pictured: The Job Interview from Channel 4

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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