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Extra: Wheelhouse to produce “Wonderbox” in U.S.; Fremantle takes “First Ladies”

Wheelhouse Entertainment, Newen Distribution strike deal for The Wonderbox Brent Montgomery’s Wheelhouse Entertainment has optioned the U.S. rights to Newen Distribution’s primetime entertainment format The Wonderbox. The series aired earlier this year ...
October 5, 2020

Wheelhouse Entertainment, Newen Distribution strike deal for The Wonderbox

Brent Montgomery’s Wheelhouse Entertainment has optioned the U.S. rights to Newen Distribution’s primetime entertainment format The Wonderbox.

The series aired earlier this year in France on broadcaster France 3, with production to begin on season two this fall. It will air before the end of 2020. Rights to the format have also been sold in Spain, Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands and Portugal.

The Wonderbox brings celebrities into a high-end, shiny floor environment, where they are then presented with different “Wonderboxes” full of surprises.

Fremantle to distribute October Films, CNN docuseries globally

Global producer-distributor Fremantle has acquired the international distribution rights to the October Films-produced docuseries First ladies.

Commissioned by CNN, the six-part series premiered on the network Oct. 4.

First Ladies, narrated by actress Robin Wright, profiles Michelle Obama (pictured), Jacqueline Kennedy, Nancy Reagan, Eleanor Roosevelt, Lady Bird Johnson and Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Blending interviews, archival footage and cinematic recreations, First Ladies is a revision of each woman’s traditional portrayal, revealing how they were impacted during their time in the White House, and how their achievements fundamentally shaped American and global history.

Executive producers are Liz Bronstein, Chris Muckle and Matt Robins for October Films; and Amy Entelis, Lyle Gamm and Lizzie Fox for CNN. The series was directed by Kim Duke, Liz Mermin and Katharine English.

Discovery commissions Love Island in Italy

ITV Studios’ award-winning format Love Island has been commissioned by Discovery in Italy, the 18th territory to broadcast a local version of the reality competition.

The Italian adaption of the show, which sees single men and women live together in a villa and couple up in the hopes of finding love and winning a cash prize, will be produced by Fremantle. The first season is slated to be released in 2021 across all Discovery platforms.

The deal was brokered by Laura Rhodarmer, SVP of licensing for global entertainment at ITV Studios.

Love Island is owned by ITV Studios and Motion Content Group and is distributed internationally by ITV Studios.

Keshet Int’l secures pre-sales for BBC1 9/11 doc

Keshet International (KI) has completed a number of pre-sales deals for the BBC1 feature-length documentary 9/11: The Twenty-Year Anniversary (w/t), produced by Top Hat Productions.

To date, KI has finalized sales of this film in France (Canal+Group), Denmark (TV2), Sweden (TV4), the Netherlands (RTL), and the U.S. (Discovery). Talks are ongoing with numerous broadcast partners in other territories from all over the world, the company stated.

9/11: The Twenty-Year Anniversary (w/t) will be a landmark retelling of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the Twin Towers, the Pentagon and Flight 93.

Featuring a cast of contributors who haven’t shared their experiences before, this feature-length documentary will chronicle the story of the two-hour period when the terrorists attacked, juxtaposed with a parallel narrative that looks at how those two hours changed the lives of those who were there. With past and present interacting throughout, the film will also examine how the world continues to be shaped by these tragic events.

The film is directed by Arthur Cary (The Last Survivors, War in the Blood) and produced by Chery Hockey, with Darren Kemp as executive producer alongside the BBC’s commissioning editor, Hamish Fergusson. KI is distributing the documentary  internationally.

Photo courtesy Fremantle

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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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