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Extra: Mayor of Bristol joins Plimsoll board; Red Arrow Studios Int’l sells “Married at First Sight”

Bristol’s mayor appointed to Plimsoll Productions board Bristol-headquartered production outfit Plimsoll Productions has appointed Marvin Rees, the city’s mayor, to its board. Rees (pictured) will offer strategic advice to Plimsoll CEO Grant ...
December 3, 2020

Bristol’s mayor appointed to Plimsoll Productions board

Bristol-headquartered production outfit Plimsoll Productions has appointed Marvin Rees, the city’s mayor, to its board.

Rees (pictured) will offer strategic advice to Plimsoll CEO Grant Mansfield and the current board, focusing particularly on new commercial opportunities, talent, diversity and sustainability.

Mansfield said in a statement: “Marvin and I worked closely together in Bristol’s successful bid to bring a Channel 4 hub to the City. He’s a dynamic leader who shares our ambitions and values: we both want to see Plimsoll and Bristol continue to grow its national and international reputation as a centre of creative excellence, fueled by a diversity of local talent.”

Red Arrow Studios Int’l secures deals for Married at First Sight

Red Arrow Studios International has scored a wave of tape deals for the Australian version of its format Married at First Sight, alongside additional international tape sales, local series recommissions and spinoffs.

Lifetime (U.S.) has picked up season six of the Australian version, produced by Endemol Shine Australia for Nine Network.

RTL Netherlands has taken seasons four to seven, while Mediaworks (New Zealand) has picked up tapes of seasons eight and nine.

Mediaworks also acquired seasons seven and eight of the U.S. version, produced by Red Arrow Studios-owned Kinetic Content for Lifetime.

Further tape sales include M6′s (France) acquisition of seasons two and three of Married at First Sight‘s Belgian version, produced by Never Ending Story for RTL; and Lifetime Africa’s pick up of Married at First Sight: Couple’s Cam, the new self-shot spin-off produced by Kinetic Content for Lifetime.

Across Europe, new seasons of local versions are being produced for broadcasters including: M6 in France (season five), TVN in Poland (season five), Markiza in Slovakia (season two), RTL in Croatia (season two), RTL in French-speaking Belgium (season four) and RTL in the Netherlands (season six).

SAT.1 has also just launched its seventh season for Germany, Austria and Switzerland, and Nova TV has recently debuted its first season in the Czech Republic.

Created and produced by Snowman Productions – a Red Arrow Studios company – for Denmark, Married at First Sight is now produced in 29 countries.

North by NorthNorth Media secures BBC Scotland commission

BBC Scotland has commissioned Edinburgh-based indie North by NorthNorth Media to produce the 1 x-30 minute Pure Magic for Christmas.

The special, completed before lockdown, sees four UK magicians journey to a variety of prominent locations in Scotland before performing to an audience of 400 in the heart of Glasgow.

It is narrated by Radio One’s Arielle Free and stars America’s Got Talent finalist and native, Scot Colin Cloud, Katherine Mills, Magical Bones and Ben Hart.

The title was commissioned by BBC Scotland commissioning executive Gavin Smith and is executive produced by North ByNorthNorth Media’s Alan Tyler.

Pure Magic for Christmas is being represented internationally by Banijay Rights.

North By NorthNorth have also piloted Every Trick In The Book with magician Dynamo, a quiz show with host Tom Allen, and a live comedy entertainment pilot with Gaby Roslin which features Stephen Fry and Sarah Hadland amongst others.

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