Extra: Red Arrow Studios Int’l brings “Block Out” to Europe; Endemol Shine cooks up Asian deals for “MasterChef”

Red Arrow Studios, Nippon TV format Block Out sells in Europe Red Arrow Studios International has secured a wave of deals for its game show format Block Out. The format (pictured) sees two ...
March 2, 2020

Red Arrow Studios, Nippon TV format Block Out sells in Europe

Red Arrow Studios International has secured a wave of deals for its game show format Block Out.

The format (pictured) sees two teams of four players, each with their backs against a wall of blocks, battle it out in a variety of physical games combining trivia, strategy and chance. Over two rounds, contestants try to avoid being knocked into the pit below as blocks push out in a variety of combinations and speeds.

Block Out has been sold to Endemol Shine Iberia for Spain and Portugal, Tin Can for the Netherlands and GM6 for France.

Originally created by Nippon TV and Red Arrow Studios, the series made its debut in Thailand, where it was subsequently sold to VTV in Vietnam and ANTV in Indonesia. Red Arrow Studios International holds worldwide rights for the format, excluding Asia.

Endemol Shine’s Masterchef All Stars to launch in Thailand

Global producer-distributor Endemol Shine has struck a raft of deals for cooking competition series MasterChef in Asia.

Thailand production house Heliconia H Group has commissioned a first season of MasterChef Allstars Thailand, to air on Bangkok Broadcasting & Television.

The original MasterChef format has been renewed for a sixth series in Indonesia by RCTI and a second run of MasterChef just completed its run in Myanmar on MRTV- 4 (Forever Group) with a third season expected soon.

Endemol Shine  also inked seven new distribution deals for MasterChef with broadcasters across Asia. The Walt Disney Company Southeast Asia picked up season 10 of MasterChef US and season seven of MasterChef Junior, both produced by Endemol Shine North America, to air on Fox Life (Southeast Asia and Hong Kong) and Fox (Taiwan).

Meanwhile, India’s Star snapped up season 10 of MasterChef US, alongside season eleven of MasterChef Australia, which will continue to be aired on the network’s linear channel Star World and digital streaming service Hotstar. Living Foodz in India also signed a deal for season nine of MasterChef Australia.

MasterChef Australia season 11 sold to A&E Networks Asia to broadcast across Asia; Discovery picked up season seven of Endemol Shine Australia’s hit to air across Southeast Asia on TLC.

AIDC to stay in Melbourne to 2023

The Australian International Documentary Conference will remain in Melbourne until 2023, returning to the “reimagined” Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) next year.

The 2020 event for documentary, factual and unscripted screen content, currently running until March 4, is being held at the State Library of Victoria.

AIDC CEO and conference director Alice Burgin said in a statement: “Securing Victoria as the home of the AIDC for three more years is a triumph for the documentary and factual sector nationally. This generous support from Film Victoria and ACMI will allow the AIDC to continue to develop its vision of becoming the premier event of its kind in the region, and one dedicated to ensuring a sustainable Australian industry whose stories can be elevated to the world stage.”

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