Natural 9 to produce U.S. version of Celebs On
Los Angeles-based prodco Natural 9 Entertainment has acquired the North American rights for comedy reality franchise Celebs On from UK distribution house Orange Smarty.
The series, which first saw celebrity contestants try their hand on a farm, was followed by Celebs on the Ranch.
Both 10-episode series are based on original formats by London-based indie GooWoo Media.
The elimination-style competition series Celebs on the Ranch will see stars competing in challenges such as horseback riding, roping cattle, square dancing and fence repair, among others, until the final episode featuring a two-day cattle drive.
Only one celebrity will make it to the end, where the Head Rancher will determine the Ultimate Cowboy or Cowgirl.
Newly founded German media group unveils name
The German media group founded by the recent merger of heavyweights Tele München Group, Universum Film, i&u TV and Wiedemann & Berg Film has been named Leonine.
“With Leonine we have found a link to Bavaria with its heraldic animal, the lion,” CEO Fred Kogel (pictured) said in a statement. “The English meaning of the word “leonine” is ‘lion-like’ and describes for us above all an attitude – courage, energy, confidence and a strong sense for team play. This is reflected in our corporate values.”
Leonine Holding — which is led by Kogel, COO Markus Frerker, CFO Joachim Scheuenpflug and chief distribution officer Bernhard zu Castell — is bundling Leonine’s business into the three areas: Leonine Production, Leonine Distribution and Leonine Licensing.
The production companies, such as Wiedemann & Berg Film, Odeon Film and i&u TV, the television brand TELE 5, and the SVOD channels Filmtastic, Home of Horror and Arthouse CNMA will retain their previous names. RTL II will also remain unaffected.
Other distribution and licensing companies will operate under the Leonine brand from the beginning of 2020.
FirstLook TV taps Drive to distribute A Killer’s Mistake
UK indie First Look TV has appointed production-funding and distribution agency Drive to distribute the second season of factual murder investigation series A Killer’s Mistake worldwide.
The 10 x 60-minute series follows the story of detectives investigations into recent murders, offering “deep insight” into the victim’s life, according to FirstLook TV.
A Killer’s Mistake was acquired by A&E Networks’ Crime + Investigation channel in the UK.
Music dating format travels to Korea
South Korea-based entertainment company CJ ENM is taking its original hybrid music dating format Love at First Song to the region following commissions in Vietnam and Malaysia.
Love at First Song matches contestants with their soulmates through music taste. The matched pair practice together without seeing each other until their first duet on stage, at which point they decide to stop or compete with other couples.
The Korean version is scheduled to air on general entertainment channels tvN and XtvN Sept. 20 at 19:40 KST. It will star famous stars in the Korean pop industry, including Kyu-hyun, Yoon Sang and Gummy.
Love at First Song is currently optioned to the U.S., Spain, Portugal, Australia and Denmark, and will be commissioned soon, CJ ENM stated in a release. Singer John Legend and American Idol producer Simon Lythgoe have been attached to the U.S. version.
The first of its chain was broadcast in Vietnam on VTV3, which has commissioned a second season.