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FremantleMedia takes Supermarket Sweeps Global prodco and distributor FremantleMedia has acquired the global format rights to the shopping gameshow Supermarket Sweeps. The format, created by producer Al Howard in 1965, was adapted ...
October 13, 2017

FremantleMedia takes Supermarket Sweeps

Global prodco and distributor FremantleMedia has acquired the global format rights to the shopping gameshow Supermarket Sweeps.

The format, created by producer Al Howard in 1965, was adapted in 13 territories around the world. In the series (pictured), three teams of two battle it out in a supermarket using their shopping skills and knowledge of products to win cash prizes.

Players answer pop culture questions and solve puzzles based on the products and merchandise found in the supermarkets around the globe. The show finishes in an all-or-nothing trolley dash, where the winning team has to beat the clock and find items hidden among the supermarket aisles and shelves.

Lineup Industries takes Emergency Call format into Europe and Australia

Indie distribution company Lineup Industries has made a number of commissions in Europe and Australia for its documentary format Emergency Call.

The program (7 x 45) features paramedics, police and fire brigade services as well as the telephone workers who face critical, unexpected and often dangerous situations requiring immediate responses. From distressing calls about a suspected intruder to absurd request for the police to deliver food and cigarettes, this docuformat spotlights the call centre operators at the front line.

Australia’s Seven Network; Germany’s VOX; the Netherlands EO/NPO1; Italy’s RAI2 and C8 in France (via Coyote Productions) are set to create local versions of the format.

Emergency Call has already aired on French Belgium public broadcaster RTBF and Eén, the Flemish pubcaster.

Gil Formats secures deals on three formats in European territories 

Tel Aviv-based content creator and distribution Gil Formats has secured deals on three of its formats in Europe.

Holland’s Vincent TV has acquired factual entertainment format Pregnant & Platonic following the commission of the format by the BBC.

The format, which was co-developed by Gil Formats and U.S.-based production company MY Entertainment, centers on men and women who are looking to co-parent a child without becoming romantically involved.

Elsewhere, Italy’s Bulldog TV has optioned Life on Duty, a format that follows characters from different emergency services and contrasts the professional lives of these people with their often neglected personal lives. The format launched in Spain on Sept, 6, on Mediaset’s Cuatro. Israel’s Channel 10 also aired the series and has commissioned a second season.

And Street Jury, a format from Gil Formats and Studio Glam was acquired in Spain by the prodco NeverSeen Media. The gist of Street Jury involves two people who have a dispute who take their case to the street to be judged by 25 random jurors.

APC signs raft of new deals for Dream the Future and Food 3.0

Financier and distributor About Premium Content (APC) inked a roster of new deals with broadcasters for Dream the Future and Food 3.0.

Season two of Dream the Future (20 x 52) spotlights the projects being developed by those determined to change the world in the areas of work, entertainment, communication, waste, oceans, agriculture, art, cuisine, cities and history.

It has been picked up by Austrian-based Servus TV for German-speaking territories, Next Step in Thailand, TBV in Hong Kong and I Prima in Czech Republic, where it is also broadcast on FTV Prima.

Global factual focused SVOD service CuriosityStream has also secured seasons one and two of the show.

Elsewhere, Food 3.0 (3 x 52) has been picked up Odyssea for Spain, Medialaan for Belgium, TVB for Hong Kong, Globosat for Brazil, First HDTV for Russia and YES DBS for Israel.

Launched this summer on France’s doc-focused network Planete+, the three-part series looks at the future of food on our planet from cultural, scientific and political perspectives.

Food 3.0 is a copro between La Compagnie des Taxi-Brousse, Rappi Productions and Nova Media Productions for Planete+ (Canal+) with APC holding global distribution rights.

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Andrew Tracy joined Realscreen as associate editor in 2021, following 17 years as managing editor of the award-winning international film magazine Cinema Scope. From 2010 to 2020 he also held the position of senior editor at the Toronto International Film Festival, where he oversaw the flagship publication for the organization’s year-round Cinematheque programming and edited its first original monograph in a decade, Steve Gravestock’s A History of Icelandic Film. He was a scriptwriter and consultant on the first season of the Vice TV series The Vice Guide to Film, and his writing and reporting have been featured in such outlets as Cinema Scope, Reverse Shot, Sight & Sound, Cineaste, Film Comment, MUBI Notebook, POV, and Montage.