“Taskmaster” travels to Spain
Spanish broadcaster TVE has ordered a local version of comedy game show Taskmaster to be produced by Granada-based Secuoya Contenidos.
Titled Dicho y Hecho, the series will air on TVE’s LA 1 channel. It is distributed by Avalon Entertainment.
Originally created by Avalon’s Alex Horne, the entertainment series features a “Taskmaster” who, with the help of his assistant, tests the wit of five competitive comedians through a series of challenges.
Most recently, UKTV confirmed a four-series commission of Taskmaster along with the commission of a two-part special Taskmaster: Champion of Champions.
Taskmaster has been remade locally for Comedy Central in the U.S., TV2 in Denmark, VTM in Belgium and for two seasons on Sweden’s SVT channel. It has also been sold to New Zealand’s TVNZ and UKTV in Australia.
Talpa earns recommissions in Central, Eastern Europe
Dutch media giant Talpa has earned a series of recommissions in Central and Eastern Europe.
Slovakian broadcaster RTVS has recommissioned a second season of the health quiz Body Talk and a fifth season of What Do I Know?, with I Love My Country starting its seventh season later this year.
I Love My Country will be hitting its 10th season on Hungary’s MTVA and its sixth in the Czech Republic. Its 11th season will air on Poland’s TVP2 in March, and Serbia’s fourth season just launched.
Russia’s Channel One has also recommissioned a second series of Challenge Me, in which ordinary people set unique records by doing something bizarre.
Hot Docs donation marks Festival’s 25th anniversary
Canadian international documentary festival Hot Docs has made a donation to the Toronto-based Ryerson University Library and Archives to mark the festival’s 25th anniversary.
The donation will include assets from past Hot Docs festivals and events. Included are copies of Festival and Hot Docs Cinema publications, Hot Docs Forum catalogs and other industry guides, marketing materials, media clippings, publicity reports, and 70 DVDs from the KinoSmith Hot Docs Collection, among other items.
“Documentary film offers a unique, first-hand perspective into understanding the lives and experiences of others, and as such it’s important to study the art form to learn effective ways of telling these vital stories,” said Brett Hendrie, executive director of Hot Docs, in a statement. “With 25 years of history, it was imperative for us to make Hot Docs’ archival records available to students, as they provide a window into new creative and media landscapes used in documentary filmmaking.”
Ryerson University is home to the Documentary Media Research Centre.