Extra: “Life on Duty” heads to Italy; Parade Media expands true crime slate

A+E Networks launches Seven Year Switch in Italy and Finland A+E Networks will roll out localized adaptations of its social experiment format The Seven Year Switch for audiences in Italy and Finland. For many couples, ...
March 12, 2019

A+E Networks launches Seven Year Switch in Italy and Finland

A+E Networks will roll out localized adaptations of its social experiment format The Seven Year Switch for audiences in Italy and Finland.

For many couples, the seven-year mark is often when partners find themselves restless and dissatisfied, with some left to wonder what it would be like if they picked a different lover. In Seven Year Switch, couples participate in an experiment known as “switch therapy” that provides them with the opportunity to swap partners with a stranger for two weeks. The social experiment sets out to determine whether absence really does make the heart grow fonder.

Seven Network Australia, Antena 3 Spain, RTL4 Netherlands, Channel 4 UK and Lifetime U.S. have all picked up the format.

Local versions of Seven Year Switch have bowed on Fox Life in Italy and Nelonen in Finland on March 11.

Gil Formats’ Life on Duty lands in Italy

Global television content creator and distributor Gil Formats has sold its primetime factual entertainment format Life on Duty to Banijay Group’s Italian production outfit Nonpanic.

Created by Israel’s Gil Formats, who also distributes the property, Life on Duty follows individuals from several emergency services and the sacrifices they make in order to save the lives of others.

Elsewhere, France’s TF1′s recently inked a deal to develop the format locally, while Spain’s sophomore season run launched in January on Mediaset’s Cuatro.

Parade Media acquires true crime content from The Full Box

UK indie distributor Parade Media has expanded its true crime portfolio by acquiring content from Sydney-based prodco The Full Box.

Parade has taken the exclusive global rights to all three seasons of Australian Crime Stories (8 x 60 minutes; pictured), with season three currently airing on Nine Network Australia. In the series, award-winning journalist and crime author Adam Shand examines the accounts of police, criminals and witnesses to present compelling stories that will inform and entertain viewers.

Additionally, Parade has secured the global rights to Suburban Gangsters (8 x 60 minutes), a series that looks at the true stories of some of Australia’s most notorious anti-heroes. Each episode will recount the life and crimes of two criminals linked by their criminal DNA. Featuring never-before-seen interviews with crime figures Mark Read, Roger Rogerson and Graham Henry, viewers will get the real dirt on the famous names and darkest hearts in true crime.

Israel’s KAN takes Old People’s Home for 4 Year Olds

Israeli pubcaster KAN has commissioned July August Productions, a Red Arrow Studios company, to produce a localized version of the international format Old People’s Home for 4 Year Olds.

The Israeli series will feature 10 senior residents of the Bait Bakfar care home in the central district of Israel who are paired up with 10 four-year-olds for six weeks.

The series, which is now in production, will bow on KAN later this year.

The original version of Old People’s Home for 4 Year Olds is created and produced by CPL Productions for Channel 4 in the UK, and has recently wrapped up its second season.

Red Arrow Studios International distributes the series format worldwide, with the program being sold to a number of territories including France, Spain, the Netherlands, Sweden, Australia and Germany. Germany’s Vox has recommissioned a second season of the show from Red Arrow’s RedSeven Entertainment.

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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.