NBCU Int’l Formats inks deal for Making It
NBCUniversal International Formats and Finnish prodco Rabbit Films have partnered for the first international version of NBC’s Making It, a DIY-based reality competition series.
The 10 x 60-minute series will air on Discovery Finland’s channel TV5 and streaming service Dplay.
Each episode of Making It Finland consists of two challenges. Contestants will take on a variety of handmade projects revolving around key themes and nationwide trends in crafting.
The series was originally produced by NBCUniversal’s Universal Television Alternative Studio with Paper Kite Productions and Lionsgate-owned 3 Arts Entertainment.
Amy Poehler, actress and founder of Paper Kite Productions, and actor Nick Offerman serve as hosts and executive producers for the U.S. version (pictured).
TLC Germany presses play on Armoza’s Sex Tape
Discovery-owned channel TLC Germany has commissioned Armoza Formats’ social experiment series Sex Tape.
The broadcaster also ordered both the UK’s Channel 4 and Belgium’s VIJF adaptations of the format.
Finnish commercial TV channel Nelonen most recently commissioned the rights to the series, where it will be produced by Yellow Film & TV.
Produced by ITV Studios-owned Armoza Formats, Sex Tape follows three couples attempting to fix their relationship with a “dramatic and spicy new therapy.”
After filming their love life for a week, all three couples meet and watch the uncensored tapes under the guidance of a sex therapist.
A+E Networks ups execs
A+E Networks International Division has promoted Glen Hansen to senior vice president of content sales in the Asia-Pacific region and Ellen Lovejoy to SVP and head of sales in the Americas and formats.
Hansen’s new role will expand his duties as vice president of content sales in the Asia-Pacific markets to include territory manager across Australia and New Zealand.
The executive joined A+E Networks in 2014 from Zodiak Rights, where he was SVP of sales and acquisitions for the North American market.
In her new role, Lovejoy will expand her responsibilities in the region. She is tasked with growing A+E Networks global format business.
Lovejoy joined the content company in 2011 as senior director of international content sales for Australia, New Zealand and Canada. She was promoted to VP in 2013, expanding her remit to launch a global format sales business, and again in 2017 to VP and head of sales for Americas and formats.
BBC Studios, Nine enter natural history partnership
BBC Studios and Nine have forged a long-term partnership that guarantees the Australian network premiere rights in the region for BBC Studios’ natural history series.
Nine will premiere five series from the BBC Planet franchise and another yet to be announced.
The first series to debut is Sevens Worlds, One Planet. Other titles announced as part of the BBC Planet franchise include Perfect Planet, Green Planet, Frozen Planet II and Planet Earth III.
Greek broadcaster brings back Big Brother
Endemol Shine Group’s reality format Big Brother will return to Greek screens after a decade-long hiatus.
The global producer-distributor inked a deal with Skai in Greece to produce and broadcast the series, slated to air in 2020.
Greece is the fifth market to bring back the global format this year, in addition to Sweden, Poland, Finland and Germany.
Big Brother, currently in its 20th year, is being renewed internationally with 22 productions in 18 markets confirmed to air in 2019.