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A+E Networks inks “Alone,” “Seven Year Switch” sales

A+E Networks has secured a raft of format deals with multiple international broadcasters ahead of next month’s MIPCOM market in Cannes. (Pictured: FYI's Seven Year Switch)
September 29, 2016

A+E Networks has secured a raft of format deals with multiple international broadcasters ahead of next month’s MIPCOM market in Cannes. 

Contemporary lifestyle net FYI has sent social experiment series Seven Year Switch (pictured) to Germany’s ProSiebenSat.1 and the UK. Australia’s Seven Network, meanwhile, has renewed the series for a sophomore season.

“FYI continues to pioneer brand-definitional relationship content,” said Gena McCarthy, senior VP of programming and development at FYI, in a statement.

History’s survival competition series Alone has scored its first international commission in Scandinavia with series orders in Denmark and Norway, with options available in the UK, Sweden and France. 

Elsewhere, A&E’s Emmy Award-winning format Intervention has been ordered by Canadian pubcaster CBC with Open Door slated to produce the series.

History’s Pawn Stars has been commissioned by History in South Africa, with boutique prodco Rapid Blue producing the localized version, while British pubcaster Channel 4 has renewed Megalomedia’s Shipping Wars for a second season in the UK.

Finally, female-skewing Lifetime has received its first international commission for The Sisterhood: Becoming Nuns, which follows young women considering the decision of taking religious vows to become nuns. The series will be adapted for the Spanish market with Spain’s Quatro and Mediaset Spain (Eyeworks España) handling production.

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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