Queens of Love acquired in Span
The local rights to ITV Studios-owned Armoza Formats’ Queens of Love has been picked up in Spain by Madrid- and Barcelona-based prodco Mediacrest.
Queens of Love (pictured) sees three drag queens help a “hopeless single” find love. The three mentors audition four potential suitors and, at the end of the night, decide which man is the best fit.
“Queens of Love is the prefect program for the Spanish market given the growing trend of ‘drag queens’ on television around the world,” Josetxu Palenzuela, chief content officer and international business at Mediacrest, said in a statement.
Alchimie opens UK office with Barry Llewellyn at the helm
French content aggregation and distribution company Alchimie has appointed Barry Llewellyn as head of its British operations.
With Llewellyn (pictured) at the helm as CEO, Alchimie UK will incorporate the recently acquired British indie OTT service TV Player.
Llewellyn joins the London offices of Alchimie from Mirriad, where he served as managing director for EMEA of the advanced advertising technology firm. Prior to Mirriad, the executive served as director of international video strategy and development at Microsoft.
Before that, Llewellyn founded and established Newsplayer Group (now Catalyst Media Group), which was one of the first organizations to utilize IPTV.
“Our move into the UK market, with the acquisition of TV Player, is an important moment strategically,” said Alchimie CEO Nicolas d’Hueppe in a statement. “Barry’s extensive experience and knowledge of both the industry and the region will underpin the launch of Alchimie in the UK, Europe’s most dynamic OTT market, alongside identifying opportunities to develop the business and generate new audiences and subscriptions.”
The appointment follows a wave of recent activity from the Parisian aggregator which includes recent rollouts in Spain, Austria, Belgium, Germany and Australia.
Canadian series “The Liquidator” gets U.S. debut
A+E Networks-owned FYI television network has picked up the first two seasons of Canadian series The Liquidator.
Produced by Anaïd Productions and distributed by Banijay Rights, each 30-minute episode takes viewers inside “liquidation master” Jeff Schwarz’s buy and sell deals.
The series begins airing Dec. 6 at 11 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. ET/PT on FYI.
Media Ranch ramps up European, UK sales
Montreal-based format distributor Media Ranch has closed a raft of deals overseas.
Germany’s Imago TV has picked up Big Love, which follows three “overweight” couples for eight months as they try to “ditch their bad habits.”
Factual social experiment program Judge for One Day was sold in Germany (SEO Entertainment/Fish Will Wurm), France (Banijay France), the Netherlands (Tuvalu), the UK (RDF Television); and Flemish Belgium.
Manipulator, which explores how humans are manipulated, was sold to Productions Desferlantes in French-speaking Canada.
180 Days, which explores what would happen when individuals attempt to “walk in someone else’s shoes,” was sold in French Canada to Productions Mustang. Talpa Germany has also acquired the rights along with Tuvalu Media in the Netherlands.
Verdict on Demand was sold into Poland to Rochstar and in France to Monsieur France Television. The program sees a judge and host solve neighborly disputes and legal conflicts in 12 hours.
Big Love, Judge For One Day, Manipulator, and 180 Days are originally from broadcaster/producer DR – Danish Radio. Media Ranch acquired the entire DR catalog earlier this year.