Extra: Hat Trick inks “Rich House Poor House” sales; ITV takes “Love Island USA”

Hat Trick inks Rich House Poor House sales London-based indie distributor Hat Trick International has penned a raft of deals for its critically acclaimed factual format Rich House Poor House. The series (33 x 60 minutes) ...
August 26, 2020

Hat Trick inks Rich House Poor House sales

London-based indie distributor Hat Trick International has penned a raft of deals for its critically acclaimed factual format Rich House Poor House.

The series (33 x 60 minutes) has secured commissions with Aito Media for Nelonen in Finland, ProSiebenSat.1 in Germany, SBS6 in the Netherlands and Polsat in Poland. The finished version of the series has now been sent to 109 countries, including Australia, Belgium, New Zealand, Italy and Hungary.

Produced by Hat Trick Productions and Emporium Productions for the UK’s Channel 5, Rich House Poor House follows two families from opposite ends of the wealth divide as they trade places in a bid to find out whether money really does buy happiness.

Additionally, a further six episodes of Rich Holiday Poor Holiday (10 x 60 minutes), also from Hat Trick and Emporium, have been commissioned by Channel 5 for a sophomore season run. The series provides two British families – one from the top 10% of the income spectrum and the other from the bottom 10% – the opportunity to step outside of their comfort zones by swapping vacations.

Currently in production, sales of the format have been delayed due to travel bans associated with the enduring COVID-19 pandemic. The finished series, however, has already been sold to DPG Media/Medialaan in Belgium, TVNZ in New Zealand and Polsat Poland.

Love Island USA heading to the UK

British commercial broadcaster ITV2 will air the American adaptation of its reality competition Love Island this September.

Host Arielle Vandenberg and narrator Matthew Hoffman will return to the Americanized version of the dating format, which has been revamped in order to facilitate production during the current COVID-19 pandemic. The upcoming season features a new batch of singletons sequestered inside a “bubble” on top of Caesars Entertainment’s boutique hotel, The Cromwell, in Las Vegas.

The series will follow along as the American “Islanders” will get to know one another in the hopes of finding true love and the opportunity to walk away with a US$50,000 cash prize. Every few days, the Islanders must couple up — and those who fail to find a partner risk being “dumped” from the Vegas-based villa.

Produced by ITV America’s ITV Entertainment, Love Island USA premieres across ITV2 on Sept. 7 at 9 p.m.

David George, Adam Sher, David Eilenberg, Simon Thomas, Ben Thursby-Palmer, Jessica Castro, Richard Foster and Chet Fenster are executive producers. The series is based on a format owned by ITV Studios and Motion Content Group, and distributed by ITV Studios.

ITV Studios handles global distribution for Love Island and brokered the deal for ITV2 to air the series.

Facebook sets Queen Latifah-hosted March on Washington special

Facebook, in partnership with Will Packer Media and Jesse Collins Entertainment, will recognize the anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington and its impact on the Civil Rights Movement with the hour-long special Change Together: From the March on Washington to Today.

Hosted by Queen Latifah, the special will include notable civil rights activists, educators, entertainers and speakers who will address the history and the harmful effects of systemic racism.

Those featured will outline ways to address social injustices in the U.S., and encourage viewers to vote in the upcoming election.

The Facebook community can tune-in to a roundtable conversation, one-on-one interviews between public figures and activists, archived footage and a musical performance by artist Chika.

Jesse Collins (John Lewis: Celebrating A HeroThe New Edition Story), Dionne Harmon (Rhythm + Flow, BET Awards), Will Packer (The PhotographLittleGirls Trip), and Kelly Smith (Atlanta Child MurdersBlackballed) are executive producers.

Writer, filmmaker, activist and Peabody Award-winning producer dream hampton serves as executive producer and showrunner.

Change Together: From the March on Washington to Today premieres tomorrow (Aug. 27) at 3 p.m. ET/PT on the Facebook app page and on the #LiftBlackVoices tab in the Facebook app. The 2020 March on Washington is scheduled to take place Aug. 28.

Topic, Fugitive secure distribution partnership

First Look Media-owned streaming service Topic has inked a partnership with London-based development, financing and distribution company Fugitive to represent a slate of Topic’s Originals in the international marketplace.

Fugitive, headed by Anthony Kimble and Merrily Ross, will serve as Topic’s first distribution partner in representing long-form Originals that debut across its streaming service.

Under terms of the deal, Fugitive will represent four Topic Originals including Rough Draft with Reza Aslan (8 x 60 minutes), which takes an in-depth look at the creative process of some of the world’s leading musicians, novelists and screenwriters; What’s Your Ailment?! with Maria Bamford (10 x 40 minutes), in which the comedian attempts to address issues concerning mental health with humor and compassion; The Guru Inside You, (4 x 12 minutes), a comedic series following a false prophet that aims to provide spiritual guidance to his followers by sharing unique insights; and Second City Presents: The Last Show Left on Earth (4 x 30 minutes), which features original sketches, musical performances and rare footage from The Second City vaults.

NFB launches pan-Canadian perspective on COVID-19

The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) has launched three documentary shorts as part of its online project, ‘The Curve’.

The strand serves as a “living document of the COVID-19 pandemic” by featuring 30 films that present pan-Canadian perspectives on how to navigate the novel coronavirus with three social distancing stories from NFB’s North West Studio.

Anchoring the slate is Kristin Catherwood’s In the Garden on the Farm, which follows the filmmaker as she moves back to her family’s farm to live with her widowed father.

Melaw Nakehk’o’s 10-minute film K’i Tah Amongst the Birch, meanwhile, documents the activist as she relocates to a remote land camp in Canada’s Northwest Territories with her family and experiences various camp life activities, including making fish leather and scraping moose hide.

Elsewhere, Galen Johnson’s 14-minute Thursday captures the daily routines of passersby as they navigate the empty streets, yards, parking lots, balconies and riverbanks in Winnipeg, as captured from a high-rise apartment.

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