The MIPCOM 2016 Shopper’s Guide, part one

It’s that time of year. The MIPCOM market is set to hit the Croisette in Cannes once again, running Oct. 17-20. Here, realscreen presents its annual round-up of new non-fiction ...
October 13, 2016

It’s that time of year. The MIPCOM market is set to hit the Croisette in Cannes once again, running Oct. 17-20. Here, realscreen presents its annual round-up of new non-fiction and unscripted titles from distributors heading to the French Riviera this weekend, and into next week.

A+E Networks

This year A+E is bringing its factual Emmy award-winning series Born This Way (pictured, above) to MIPCOM, with a new season of 10 episodes available to the global marketplace. Produced by Bunim/Murray Productions, the series follows the lives of young men and women born with Down Syndrome. The show took home the award for outstanding unstructured reality program at the 2016 Creative Arts Emmy Awards.

Armoza Formats

The indie Israeli developer and distributor will be launching its new primetime cooking competition Born To Be A Chef (10 x 60 minutes). Set to air in October on Canada’s TVA, the series has already been commissioned for a second season. It’s the latest copro to come out of a strategic partnership between Armoza and Quebecor Content and TVA. It features two acclaimed chefs who will each lead a team of 10 young apprentices in a series of challenges until one finally emerges as the best young chef.

It will also be launching its new factual entertainment format The Ex Team (60-minutes). Co-produced with Artza Productions, each episode features a bachelor who will be guided by a team of three of his ex-girlfriends in his pursuit of “the one.”

Finally, Armoza will also be bringing Curvy Supermodel (5 x 120 minutes) to the Croisette. The primetime reality competition, which is produced by Tresor TV for RTL Germany, features 40 aspiring “plus-size” models who will compete to become the face of the future and find a place in the tough and size-discriminating modeling industry.

Blue Ant International

As part of its largest slate to date, Blue Ant has inked deals to bring a number of new-to-MIPCOM HD titles to Cannes this year. From Anaid Productions, The Liquidator (91 x-30 minutes HD) offers a ring-side seat to a high-stakes buy-and-sell world, and Hail Mary (11 x 30-minutes HD) follows the struggles and sacrifices of six pro football prospects.

From the DeFriest Project comes The Mind of Mark DeFriest (1 x 90 minutes HD), which tells the story of the titular legendary escape artist, who was condemned to Florida’s worst prison after a reversed psychiatric diagnosis.

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Blue Ant International’s The Liquidator

Blue Ant is bowing three new titles from CMJ Productions. Boogeymen (26 x 60 minutes HD) discovers small towns that have embraced local monsters. Bad Trip (13 x 60 minutes HD) takes a closer look at idyllic vacation scenarios that unravel before the eyes of the families that planned them. And Home Made (26 x 60 minutes HD), which brings viewers to some of the most unusual structures in the world.

Coming from Pyramid Productions two documentaries: The Salvation of Todd Bentley (1 x 90 HD), which features the world’s most outrageous preacher, who lies cheats and steals; and Goalie: Life In The Crease (1 x 90 HD), which features legendary NHL goalie Clint Malarchuk.

Finally, from Spotlight productions, comes Good Taste: Chinese (1 x 90 HD) and Good Taste: South Asian (50 x 30HD), both of which explore the cultural cuisines of their heritage while putting a spin on fusion dishes and family favorites.

Other new HD titles include: I’ve Got Something to Tell You (60 x 60 minutes HD); Collision Course (6 x 60 minutes HD); and How the Word Ends (6 x 60 minutes HD).

New 4K titles include: Wild Rockies (6 x 60 minutes 4K); Reef Wrecks (5 x 60 minutes 4K); and Africa’s Underwater Wonders (5 x 60 minutes 4K).

Corus Entertainment

The Canadian media and content company will be bringing three unscripted lifestyle series for international sale at MIPCOM. Home to Win (10 x 60 minutes), produced in association with Architect Films, brings 20 HGTV Canada celebrities under one roof to pool their expertise, creativity and reno know-how to completely remodel an average house into an inspirational dream home. Produced in association with Frantic Films, Backyard Builds (8 x 30 minutes) showcases the endless opportunities outdoor areas can provide by having experts work with homeowners to maximize their backyard potential. Finally, $ave My Reno features cash-conscious homeowners who are put to work and shown how to hunt for for salvaged goods in order to save money and complete an on-budget reno.

DCD Rights

The London-based sales house has secured a roster of international sales from Matchlight Productions for its diverse range of factual specials in the lead-up to the market, including My Baby Psychosis and Me (60 minutes; BBC1); Ted Hughes: Stronger Than Death (89 minutes; BBC2); Mozart in London (60 minutes; Matchlight for BBC4); and The Making of an Ice Princess (59 minutes; BBC2).

DCD Rights will also be launching Matchlight’s hour-long doc Darcey Bussell: Looking for Margot, which uncovers the life and career of Margot Fonteyn, who inspired generations of ballerinas at the Royal Opera House and the Royal Ballet.

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DCD Rights’ Darcey Bussell: Looking for Margot

Other DCD titles headed to the Croisette include Shoreline Detectives,Tern TV’s three-part documentary for Channel 4 about the archaeology of the British Coast’s shoreline; the 75 x 30-minute gardening series The Beechgrove Garden for BBC Scotland; the 3 x 60-minute investigative art series The Art Detectives for BBC4; and 4 x 30-minute medical series Can I Catch It? for Channel 4.

Doc & Film International

The Paris-based sales house is headed to the French Riviera with 15 projects across the arts & culture, history and current affairs genres.

Among the films headed to the Croisette include Alejandra Rojo’s Raoul Ruiz, Drama Against Ignorance! (63 minutes; TS Productions), which chronicles the life and career of filmmaker Raoul Ruiz; Esther Hoffenberg’s Bernadette Lafont, and God Created the Free Woman (65 minutes; Arte France, Lapsus, Inthemood, INA), documents the career of Bernadette Lafont, French Cinema’s most atypical actor; and Bernard Louargant’s Milongueros (54 minutes; Génération Vidéo), exploring the social and cultural facets of the dance phenomenon.

Also launching is Belisario Franca‘s The Forgotten Boys of Brazil (52 and 80 minutes; Elo Company), which follows a historian’s investigation about bricks branded with the swastika in rural São Paulo; Axel Ramonet’s Name ID: Fidel Castro (52 minutes and 7 x 52 minutes; Temps Noir), examining the attack on Moncada which marked the beginning of the Cuban Revolution; and Werner Boote’s Everything’s Under Control (92 minutes; NGF Geyrhalterfilm), which examines a world under constant surveillance.


The UK-based indie distributor returns to Cannes with a slate of four factual properties spanning the dating, adventure, hidden camera and philanthropy genres.

Leading the way is primetime entertainment format Animal Attraction (6 x 60 minutes; NRK Productions for NRK), which sets out to determine if a serial dater can bypass looks and job prospects by finding his or her perfect match through a variety of tests, including sniffing urine and listening to men roar in the woods. Episodes culminate with the crowning of an Alpha Male, who is rewarded with a themed date.

The adventure competition series Living Stone (10 x 60 minutes; Strix for Insight) sends seven couples into the African wilderness and challenges them to find their way to civilization in ten stages. Couples will battle through exhaustion, wildlife and each other while undertaking a series of tasks to avoid elimination.

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DRG’s Animal Attraction

Hidden camera prank show TMI (30 minutes; Strike Films for RTÉ in Ireland), meanwhile, utilizes social media to catch out young adults who live their lives online. The series will attempt to prank millennials by using their online dating profiles or job applications to surprise and confuse them.

Finally, feel-good philanthropy format Going Back, Giving Back (45 minutes; ITN Productions for BBC1) follows ordinary people who have battled hardship as they visit locations and people from their past in order to change their future with an act of kindness.


The production-funding and distribution agency led by Lilla Hurst and Ben Barrett will mark its debut at the Palais with a number of pre-sales, copros and completed program sales forming the company’s inaugural MIPCOM distribution slate.

The London-based firm has secured pre-sale funding from SBS Australia and ZDF for one-off special Building Star Trek (60- and 120-minutes; yap films for Smithsonian Channel and Discovery Canada), a 50th anniversary special set to celebrate the cultural and technological impact of the sci-fi series.

Also launching is The World’s Deadliest Weather: Caught on Camera (13 x 60 minutes or 26 x 30 minutes; a copro between Drive and Back2Back); and Hell Below (6 x 60 minutes; Parallax Film Productions for Smithsonian Channel and National Geographic Channels International), which tracks the greatest submarine battles of the Second World War.

Eccho Rights

Stockholm-headquartered distributor Eccho Rights will debut two Thai formats for buyers in Cannes. The studio game show ID Lucky Number from MCOT Entertainment Lab launched earlier this year on Thai network MCOT Channel 9. The game of chance is based on the numbers on a player’s ID card, passport, driver’s license or birthday. Meanwhile, Workpoint TV’s Black Sheep is a game in which four players must act as amateur detectives to discover which one is lying.

Electus International

The IAC-owned distributor is Palais-bound with more than 100 hours of factual content and original series developed by Electus, its creative partners and series acquired through third parties for international distribution.

The firm’s new block of television programming includes: Saving Christmas (5 x 60 minutes; for the CW), in partnership with Walmart, which sees holiday experts providing a struggling holiday enthusiast a crash course in how to do Christmas right; competition series Toy Box (8 x 60 minutes; for ABC) provides expert creators with the opportunity to launch a line of toys with multinational toy company Mattel with children serving as judge and jury; The Case of: JonBenet Ramsey (2 x 120 minutes, 6 x 60 minutes; Critical Content for CBS) and David Blaine Magic Specials (2 x 60 minutes for ABC).


Electus International’s Separation Anxiety

Returning series headed to the French Riviera are: Separation Anxiety (14 x 60 minutes; for TBS), a relationship-based game show where one contestant thinks they’re on a small Internet game show worth US$2,500 while their partner is on the main stage playing for the actual US$250,000 prize; World’s Funniest Videos (Season 1: 30 x 30 minutes), a clip show focused on unique themed views of relatable and entertaining real-life moments; and Almost Genius (32 x 30 minutes; for Tru TV), a self-contained comedy series hosted by April Richardson and Chris Fairbanks that celebrates the people, places and things that try so hard to succeed but come up just a bit short.

Endemol Shine Group

This year at MIPCOM Endemol will be debuting the first product of their recently formed international partnership with South Korean content and media company CJ E&M. Copro The Society Game is a new reality format that will explore different political systems, communities and leadership by providing two ‘societies’ based on authoritarian rule and democracy models with physical and mental challenges that they must win lest they risk destabilizing their community.

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 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.