Sales round-up: “The Brain” in Russia, Blue Ant’s new titles

Endemol Shine's competition series has been acquired by Russia 1, while Blue Ant has acquired a slate of unscripted titles, including UKTV's I've Got Something To Tell You with Amanda Holden (pictured).
September 27, 2016

Endemol sells The Brain to Russia

Global content creator, producer and distributor Endemol Shine Group has sold its series The Brain to Russia.

Public broadcaster Russia 1 has commissioned seven prime-time episodes of The Brain, which will be known locally as Incredible People. The series will be produced by Endemol’s Russian prodco Weit Media. A showcase of amazing skills and unbelievable feats, the show features contestants competing for cash by performing mental and physical challenges that are next to impossible for everyday people.

The format was originally developed by Endemol Shine Germany along with its joint venture company Herr P and broadcaster ZDF. The format’s Russian launch marks its eighth deal following its debut in Germany, having also been produced the U.S., China, Brazil,  Spain, Italy and France.

Blue Ant expands factual content slate

Blue Ant International has acquired over 90 new HD and 4k hours of factual entertainment, paranormal, lifestyle and native UHD wildlife and nature programming ahead of MIPCOM.

On the factual entertainment front, Blue Ant acquired six-part Zig Zag Productions-produced series Ive Got Something to Tell You (6×60 HD) from UKT. Hosted by British TV star Amanda Holden (pictured), it captured ordinary people with extraordinary stories.

Other prime-time factual series it acquired include: Muse Entertainment-produced Collision Course (6×60 HD) from Reelz, which dives deep into the scene of a plane, vehicle or motorcycle crash involving and iconic celebrity; CMJ Productions II’s How The World Ends (6×60 HD) from American Heroes Channel and T+E, a new original series that explores some of the most widely held doomsday forecasts and their impending timeline to destruction; and the second season of Galafilm’s National Parks Secrets and Legends (12×30 HD) from Travel Channel U.S. and T+E, a paranormal series that recounts stories of horrific catastrophes, occult nurders and UFO phenomena.

Blue Ant will also be debuting some native UHD originals at MIPCOM next month, including: Wild Rockies (5×60 4K), which shares stories from Vancouver Island conservationists fighting to save the endangered wildlife found in the Canadian Rockies, Reef Wrecks (5×60 4K) and  Africa’s Underwater Wonders (5×60 4K). It’ll also be debuting four returning series, including the second season of Great Blue Wild (8×60 4K), season seven of Hope For Wildlife (13×60 4K), which follows the team at Hope Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre as they face an overly harsh Atlantic winter,  Africa’s Wild Horizons (5×60 4k), which displays Africa’s most diverse ecosystems, and Wildlife Icons (6×60 4K), which showcases unique individual stories of animals.

The content and distribution company has also added to its recent third-party acquisitions by picking up the latest originals slate from FidoTV. Titles include Which Woof’s For Me? (6×30 HD), a series that helps viewers pick the perfect puppy, and Wolf Daddy (6×30 HD), which follows Leyton J. Cougar as he rescues and rehabilitates American wolves.

Make It Big, Make It Small (7×30 HD), a factual entertainment series that aims to inspire children to apply new knowledge to their own DIY projects, has also joined Blue Ant’s slate.


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