Formats

Extra: DRG re-ups European deals for “The Farm”; MIPFormats finds new curators

DRG renews multi-year, multi-territory deal for The Farm London-based prodco and distributor DRG, part of NENT Studios UK and NENT Group, has renewed its multi-year, multi-territory deal with CME (Central European ...
January 10, 2020

DRG renews multi-year, multi-territory deal for The Farm

London-based prodco and distributor DRG, part of NENT Studios UK and NENT Group, has renewed its multi-year, multi-territory deal with CME (Central European Media Enterprises) for its reality format The Farm.

Launched in Scandinavia in 2001, the format (pictured) sees men and women sent to live on a farm, forced to thrive without any modern-day luxuries like electricity or running water. Each week, a contestant is eliminated through challenges until one is left standing — or farming — and crowned the winner.

The deal allows for the format to be produced for three years from 2020 and covers CME channels BTV (Bulgaria), Pro TV (Romania) and Markiza (Slovakia). Markiza alone has already produced the show for 10 seasons.

The Format People to curate 2020 MIPFormats

The international formats consultancy group The Format People has been appointed to curate the MIPFormats event in 2020.

The global formats community showcase, which takes place in Cannes ahead of MIPTV on March 28 and 29, is organized by Reed Midem.

The Format People are already working with Reed Midem to prepare a schedule and list of speakers in line with the current ambition to “re-imagine” the event and keep it fresh and as relevant as possible for industry attendees.

DocuBay inks festival distribution deal

Mumbai-based non-fiction SVOD DocuBay has partnered with the International Film Festival Shimla (IFFS) to bring IFFS documentaries featured in last year’s film festival to its members.

Select titles will be featured under their own category, or Bay, called IFFSBay. They are now available for global streaming on the platform.

Notable titles included in the deal are Authenticity, about how Ayurvedic treatments might be the key to great health and lasting wellness; No Woman’s Land, about women in a Himalayan village defying the laws that keep them from inheriting property; Behind The Bars, about how learning homemaking skills like stitching and baking help to rehabilitate prisoners; and Dan the Himalayan Ibex, about a community of women determined to fight threats to the Ibex and help keep them alive despite hunters, poachers, and a declining habitat.

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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 HMV.com. 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.

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