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Magnum Media, DRG sign first-look deal

London-based indie format specialist Magnum Media has signed an exclusive two-year first look deal with indie distributor DRG. Under the deal, all of Magnum’s current shows in development and future content ...
October 6, 2016

London-based indie format specialist Magnum Media has signed an exclusive two-year first look deal with indie distributor DRG.

Under the deal, all of Magnum’s current shows in development and future content will be distributed by DRG, and DRG, which is also based in London, will also pick up the rights to selected titles in Magnum’s back-catalog.

The first new Magnum series that will be distributed through DRG is The Twelve Stars of Christmas. Commissioned by UK pubcaster Channel 4 and hosted by Alan Carr, it challenges three celebrities to each win prizes for the audience by answering questions about 2016, delivered by famous faces hiding behind doors of a giant advent calendar.

Existing Magnum formats that will be included in the output deal include magic trick show Trick Artist and Chris Moyles’ Quiz Night. The format specialist also has a number of other formats currently in development broadcasters.

Magnum – which was built specifically to to create reality formats, studio entertainment formats, quiz shows, game shows and comedy – has previously produced titles such as Duck Quacks Don’t Echo (pictured), now in its sixth season for Sky 1 and reproduced in the U.S., France, Germany and Italy; and Don’t Stop Me Now, also for Sky 1 and remade in China, Indonesia, Chile, Ukraine, Thailand and Spain.

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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