ITV Studios’ Mike Beale upped on FRAPA board
The Format Recognition and Protection Association (FRAPA) has appointed ITV Studios’ Mike Beale to its management board.
Beale (pictured), managing director of the studio’s global creative network, has been a FRAPA general board member since 2015. His elevation to the management board will enable him to “play a more active role” in shaping the format association’s objectives.
At ITV Studios, Beale is responsible for developing global formats across ITV group’s 36 non-scripted labels. He also acquires third party IP for the group’s production pipeline.
Prior to his current role, Beale was MD of ITV Studios Nordic production labels.
As an independent, non-profit association, FRAPA’s services include registering format proposals; providing consultation in disputes arising out of claims of format plagiarism; creating guidelines for fair competition; and educating the industry and the law regarding the protection of formats.
MTV’s Are You the One? lands in Germany
Viacom International Studios has struck a deal with RTL Germany SVOD service TVNOW for a local adaptation of reality dating format Are You the One?
This is Viacom’s second format deal signed with RTL for TVNOW following last year’s sale of dating show Finding Prince Charming, which has been renewed for a second season.
Launched on MTV U.S. in 2014, Are You the One? brings together 20 single men and women hoping to find love. Pre-matched by dating experts, the 20 singles have 10 attempts to work out the 10 correct “perfect matches” in the hope of sharing a cash prize.
After Mexico, Brazil, Sweden, Denmark and France, the German version will be the sixth international adaption of the format. The 10 x 60-minute series will be shot in South Africa and produced by RTL Studios to air later this year.
Gil Formats’ comedy competition travels to U.S.
Tel Aviv-based producer-distributor Gil Formats has signed a deal with Red Arrow Studios-owned 44 Blue Productions to bring the comedy competition format Laughing All the Way to the Bank to the U.S.
Endemol Shine Iberia in Spain and Portugal and Seapoint in Germany most recently picked up the format for local adaptations.
The format sees people who think they’re funny get the chance to win a cash prize by making the “thrifty” TV channel’s accountant laugh out loud during a car ride to their bank.
Little Dot Studios acquires content company Wing
All3Media-owned content creator/distributor Little Dot Studios has acquired London-based production studio Wing.
The deal marks Little Dot Studios’ first acquisition, with “further acquisitions to be announced shortly,” according to the company.
Wing will provide Little Dot Studios with “enhanced sports production and creative capability” as the company looks to grow its sports content business.
Wing has created content for brands and sports governing bodies including the International Olympics Committee, The America’s Cup, Formula 1, Coca-Cola, Hugo boss, McLaren, Vodafone and Land Rover.