DRG’s Chris Bartlett joins Drive
UK producer, funding and distribution agency Drive has appointed former DRG executive Chris Bartlett as a senior sales executive, effective immediately.
In the new role, Bartlett (pictured) will be responsible for overseeing sales in Scandinavia, the Middle East, Africa, New Zealand and French-speaking Canada. Based in London, he will report directly into and work closely alongside company founders and co-managing directors Lilla Hurst and Ben Barrett.
Bartlett most recently served as SVP of sales at UK distributor DRG. During his eight-year tenure, he oversaw sales to the UK, Scandinavia and the Middle East for 7,000 hours of programming across all genres, including formats originating in English and non-English-speaking countries.
Prior to that, Bartlett has held senior roles at BBC Worldwide, Fremantle, Channel 4 International and Portman Entertainment.
Armoza’s How To Be set to air in Italy
Italian pubcaster Rai 2 has ordered a localized adaptation of celebrity interview format How To Be from Israeli producer-distributor Armoza Formats.
The Italian version of the fact-ent series is produced by Zero Stories. Ubaldo Pantani will serve as host of the series, which will begin airing later this week. Celebrity guests will include rapper and judge of The Voice Italy J-Ax, anchorman Giancarlo Magalli, former tennis player Adriano Panatta and Michelin star chef Gianfanco Vissani.
Developed by Artza Productions in collaboration with Armoza Formats, the series attempts to circumvent superficiality and media training in celebrity interviews by having a well-known journalist meet a celeb and then, in a role reversal, sit down for an interview with the star while impersonating the star.
The Netherlands to dine at The Restaurant That Makes Mistakes
Talpa TV in the Netherlands has secured a deal with global distributor Red Arrow Studios International to produce a local version of social experiment format The Restaurant That Makes Mistakes.
The Dutch adaptation that will be produced locally by Concept Street for SBS6. Additionally, Red Arrow Studios International has licensed the format to Belgium prodco Roses are Blue.
Originally created and produced by Red Arrow Studio’s CPL Productions, the innovative social experiment features a group of 14 people, all living with dementia, as they’re tasked with running a restaurant with a top chef leading the crew. Over a five-week period, the group take on all the roles of a busy restaurant with celeb diners and the public dropping by to test the newly trained staff.
The UK version, overseen by Michelin-starred chef Josh Eggleton, successfully aired on Channel 4 in June.
The Restaurant That Makes Mistakes is scheduled to broadcast throughout the Netherlands in early 2020.
The deals were concluded by Yi Qiao, senior sales manager in Benelux, UK, Scandinavia, Africa and Middle East.
Zoomin to produce adventure series for Tencent
Amsterdam-based digital media company Zoomin has teamed with Chinese media giant Tencent to produce the three-part adventure series All for Adrenaline the Realm.
The globe-trotting long-form television series will chronicle the adventures of young and daring Chinese people. The series will document each adventurer’s struggles, progresses and victories, and will include footage of China’s first wingsuit pilot, Xu Kai, as he and a team of 26 people journey to the Arctic Circle.
The original Chinese format was developed by Tim Ye, country manager of Zoomin China.