Gil Formats’ Life On Duty lands in France
Global television producer-distributor Gil Formats has inked a deal in France with TV giant TF1 Group for its primetime factual entertainment format Life on Duty.
Created by Gil Formats, Life on Duty follows those who work in emergency services. The series contrasts the stressful and chaotic moments emergency service workers face on the job, with their often neglected private lives.
A second season of the Spanish adaptation launched on Cuatro Wednesday (Jan. 9). The original series of the format was launched in Israel on Channel Ten. The format has previously been sold to Propagate Content in the U.S., Spun Gold in the UK and Bulldog TV in Italy.
TVF International inks 4K sales
Pay- and free-TV operators across Europe, Asia and the Americas have acquired UHD content from factual specialist TVF International.
LIC China has picked up 4K rights for a package of underwater titles including Rise of the Great White Shark (1 x 50 minutes) and Diving with Sharks (1 x 50 minutes), both of which dive into the waters around the world to showcase human and shark encounters.
Elsewhere, AMC Networks acquired the title Diving with Sharks for its documentary channel Odisea in Iberia, alongside other programming including Dog’s Best Friend (Season 2; 12 x 22 minutes); space titles The World’s Most Powerful Telescopes (1 x 60 minutes) and Faster than Light: Dream of Interstellar Flight (1 x 60 minutes); short-form series Cosmic Journeys; and natural history title Ocean Predators (4 x 44 minutes); and underwater trilogy Coral Reef Survivors (1 x 52 minutes), Rivals of the Reef (1 x 52 minutes) and Strange Creatures (1 x 52 minutes).
AT&T-DirecTV in the U.S. has also picked up Stranger Creatures, which looks at the ocean’s most unique creatures.
Meanwhile, Japanese broadcaster NHK has taken the BBC slow television special A Year in an English Garden (1 x 50 minutes) for its new Ultra HD channel.
VIS, Endemol Shine bring Lip Sync Battle to Portugal
Viacom International Studios (VIS) has inked an agreement with indie producer Endemol Shine Group to create a local version of the singing competition series Lip Sync Battle for Portugal’s free-to-air broadcaster SIC.
Endemol Shine Iberia will produce the 8 x 90-minute local format, entitled Lip Sync Portugal Playback Total, with the first episode to be a live broadcast on Sunday, Jan. 13. SIC has also recently acquired the U.S. and UK versions of the shiny floor format for its pay-TV channel SIC Caras.
Lip Sync Battle was first developed and executive produced for the Spike cable TV network in the U.S. by Casey Patterson of Casey Patterson Entertainment, Jay Peterson of Matador Content, John Krasinksi, Stephen Merchant and Eight Million Plus Productions.
Pitch submissions now open for Docs in Thessaloniki
The European Documentary Network (EDN) has now opened the Docs in Thessaloniki pitch forum for submissions.
The forum consists of a five-day program, where 21 selected doc projects will be developed and pitched to a panel of international financiers. Individual meetings between pitchers and financiers for discussions about future collaborations will follow the pitch session.
A select group of top-projects will have the opportunity to engage in a dedicated outreach program that will offer opportunities to develop an outreach strategy, distribution plans and audience engagement.
The deadline for submitting projects is Jan. 31. Participants can also apply without a project. To learn more about how to submit a pitch, click here.
Docs in Thessaloniki is held on March 1 to 5, during the Thessaloniki Documentary Festival and market in Greece.