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Extra: Sales for Format People, Abacus; ZDFE unveils two factual copros

Chef in Your Ear commissioned in Italy, Chile Global format studio The Format People has secured two additional international adaptations of its culinary reality format Chef In Your Ear. The cooking series features two professional chefs working with ...
September 22, 2020

Chef in Your Ear commissioned in Italy, Chile

Global format studio The Format People has secured two additional international adaptations of its culinary reality format Chef In Your Ear.

The cooking series features two professional chefs working with two novice cooks as they attempt to deliver restaurant-quality dishes. The amateurs wear ear-pieces, taking instruction from a chef whom they have been paired with, and who is locked away in a booth, unable to smell or taste the food.

The format has been acquired by Italian channel La7 and Chile’s Chilevisión, bringing the total territories broadcasting the cooking series to date to 12. Additional deals across Latin America are pending.

In Italy, the full studio adaptation – locally titled Senti Chi Mangia – is presented by Bake Off host Benedetta Parodi and comprises 35 daily episodes in access-primetime. The deal was negotiated by distributor Warner Bros International TV Production.

In Chile, the series will be known locally as Oye Al Chef! Commissioned by Chilevisión and hosted by journalist Emilia Daiber (pictured), the series will feature celebrity novices and will be broadcast later this month.

Chef in Your Ear is currently produced in English- and French-speaking Canada, Belgium, Holland, France, Germany, Mexico, Mongolia, South Korea and Brazil.

Abacus inks sales for The Night Caller

Jonathan Ford’s distribution firm Abacus Media Rights has sold the Australian true crime series The Night Caller to a number of broadcasters and digital platforms.

The 4 x 60-minute series, produced by EQ Media Group and Salon Pictures, has been sold to AMC Networks’ streaming service Sundance Now in the U.S. and Canada, Sky Crime in the UK, and Danish pubcaster DR ahead of its official launch at this year’s digital MIPCOM market.

The Night Caller provides a deep dive into the “seemingly senseless killings” that shook the city of Perth, Australia to its core throughout the 1960s. The series provides unprecedented access to the killer’s wife and the two men wrongly convicted of his crimes as they pursue closure and redemption.

ZDF Enterprises co-producing landmark factual series

ZDF Enterprises, the commercial arm of German pubcaster ZDF, has completed production on two landmark factual series.

Produced by ECO Media for ZDFinfo and ZDF Enterprises, history series The Abyss: Rise and Fall of the Nazis (10 x 50 minutes & a 50-minute special) offers a look into the story of the Third Reich through previously unpublished archive material, diaries and letters, scientific studies of the time, and interviews with international experts.

Meanwhile, Myths: The Great Mysteries of Humanity (10 x 50 minutes), produced by Story House and ZDFinfo in association with ZDF Enterprises, will serve as an in-depth exploration into the myths, legends and paranormal experiences that have fascinated man throughout history.

ZDF Enterprises holds worldwide distribution rights and will be launching the titles to market this fall.

About The Author
Jillian Morgan is a special reports editor at realscreen with a background in journalism and digital marketing. She joined the publication in 2019 after serving as the assistant editor to trade publications HPAC and On-Site. With a bachelor of journalism from the University of King's College in Halifax, she also works as a freelance writer and fact-checker.

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