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Extra: Armoza unveils formats for ITV Studios’ Fall Festival; ID slates new Joe Exotic specials

Armoza highlights offerings for ITV Studios’ Fall Festival Armoza Formats, part of ITV Studios, has unveiled the formats it will be spotlighting as part of the inaugural ITV Studios’ Fall Festival. Anchoring ...
September 11, 2020

Armoza highlights offerings for ITV Studios’ Fall Festival

Armoza Formats, part of ITV Studios, has unveiled the formats it will be spotlighting as part of the inaugural ITV Studios’ Fall Festival.

Anchoring the Israeli producer-distributor’s slate will be the 60-minute style makeover format Shirt Off Your Back, which sees one individual receiving a stylish and efficient wardrobe – after selling or donating all of their clothing – with the help of fashion experts after.

Each episode of the studio-based dating format The Senseless Dating Show (pictured), meanwhile, will see one singleton relying on her senses – smell, sound, touch, taste and her intuition – as five eligible bachelors fight for her heart. The hour-long format will put the suitors through a series of absurd and provocative challenges to help the participant choose a date before laying eyes on him.

Armoza will also be showcasing the 30-minute studio game show Beat the Grid, produced in partnership with Gamechanger. Each episode of the game show format features contestants attempting to identify the correct answers to questions on a giant CGI grid that continues to grow alongside a cash prize. Viewers playing from the safety of their own home can join in after 10 seconds for a chance to take the contestant’s answer and their money.

Finally, the Tel Aviv-based company will highlight dance makeover format The Moves (60-90 minutes). Each episode of the series will feature potential contestants – from a shy overweight teen to a 60-year-old grandpa – showcasing their dancing moves in front of four professional dance coaches. After a number of studio sessions, the contestants will then reveal their makeovers in front of a live audience, family and friends who will decide which coach “brought the winning moves.”

ID slates new Joe Exotic specials

Investigation Discovery is offering up further Tiger King-based content with the premiere of Joe Exotic: Before He Was King. 

Produced by Wrigley Media Group, the hour-long documentary special will look to uncover the dark secrets of Joseph “Joe Exotic” Maldonado-Passage. The one-off will utilize exclusive and never-before-seen interview footage of Maldonado-Passage, including personal photos and home movies, to reveal what led to the tiger trainer’s meteoric rise and sudden downfall that has landed him in prison for decades.

Wrigley Media Group’s Ross Babbit, Danny Tepper and JD Thompson serve as producers on the project. Liz Massie is executive producer for ID.

Joe Exotic: Before He Was Kingpremieres Sept. 28 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on ID.

The special’s debut will follow the previously announced Joe Exotic: Tigers, Lies and Cover-Up(formerly titled Investigating the Strange World of Joe Exotic), which broadcasts with parts one and two on Sept. 27 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on ID. Part three, meanwhile, will air on Sept. 28 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

STV Studios to produce farming series for C5

ViacomCBS-owned UK broadcaster Channel 5 has commissioned STV Studios to produce a four-part factual farming series.

The tentatively titled Our Family Farm Rescue (4 x 60 minutes) will document how farmers across the UK have been coping with rising overheads, disease, changing weather patterns and the enduring impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak.

The series, which has begun production, will follow a group of farmers as they’re given expert advice on how best to transform their farms into success stories. Suggestions will range from barn renovations, farm shops, accommodation pods and glamping retreats in a bid to revolutionize their generations-old farms.

Our Family Farm Rescue is executive produced by STV Studios’ Rosy Marshall-McCrae. Channel 5′s Daniel Pearl is commissioning editor.

Endemol Shine Boomdog inks mentalists, magicians for unscripted series

Endemol Shine Boomdog, Endemol Shine North America’s Spanish-language production studio, is developing several unscripted series with a number of celebrated illusionists and magicians.

The Mexico City-based production outfit is developing content with acclaimed mentalist and comedian Santiago Michel, and the Mexican magician duo Joe y Moy.

Michel’s residency at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, titled Ilusión Mental, is the first all-Spanish permanent show on the strip, while Joe y Moy have performed on more than 25 television shows throughout Mexico and the U.S.

“We are aware of the tremendous interest that both the Mexican and Latin audiences have in magic and illusionism and we want to support new and exciting talent in this space,” said Alvaro Godoy, head of development at Endemol Shine Boomdog, in a statement. “Just like Santiago Michel and Joe & Moi have been doing for live audiences, we want to show the entire Latin world that anything and everything is possible.”

About The Author
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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