Extra: “Married at First Sight” travels to Korea, Japan; Keshet Int’l sells “Singletown”

Red Arrow Studios Int’l inks deals for Married at First Sight Red Arrow Studios International has secured a new deal with A+E Networks Asia for Married at First Sight, which will ...
March 16, 2021

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

Red Arrow Studios International has secured a new deal with A+E Networks Asia for Married at First Sight, which will see the dating format made available in Korea and Japan for the first time.

The company has also inked a further wave of international deals for the show including tape sales, local commissions and series recommissions.

For its pan-regional feed, A+E Networks Asia picked up tapes of the sixth season of Married at First Sight Australia (pictured), produced by Endemol Shine Australia for Nine, as well as season six of the U.S. version, which is produced by Red Arrow Studios company Kinetic Content for Lifetime.

Under the deal, the sixth season of Married at First Australia will be launched by A+E Networks Korea and also by A+E Networks Asia in Japan.

In further tape sales, Sky (Italy) picked up seasons three and four of MediaWorks’ New Zealand version and season seven of the Australian version, while Discovery (Italy) acquired seasons eight to 10 of the U.S. version.

Discovery Italy also commissioned Banijay’s NonPanic to produce four new local seasons of Married at First Sight (seasons four to seven).

New seasons of local versions are also being produced and launched elsewhere in Europe — including in Germany, where SAT.1 has ordered its eighth season from Redseven Entertainment, and in Belgium, where a sixth season is being produced by PIT for DPG Media’s VTM. In Spain, Bulldog has optioned the format.

The format, currently produced in 30 countries, was originally created and produced by Red Arrow Studios’ Snowman Productions for Denmark’s DR.

Keshet Int’l secures tape, format sales for Singletown

Keshet International (KI) has completed a number of tape and format sales for Singletown, ITV2′s reality series originally produced by Keshet Productions.

Following its recent pick-up by HBO Max, DPG Media (Belgium) and TV4 (Sweden), the 15 x 60-minute series has also sold to Discovery EMEA in several markets in a multi-territory deal, alongside MTV in Finland, RTL Passion in Germany, Now TV in Hong Kong, and hoopla digital, the streaming service available in the U.S., Canada and Australia.

In addition to picking up the original British series, TV4 in Sweden and several markets in Discovery EMEA have also acquired both the 16 x 43-minute Danish and 18 x 43-minute Norwegian adaptations produced locally in Copenhagen and Oslo last summer by Banijay Nordic’s Nordisk Film TV for Discovery+.

KI also licensed to Banijay Nordic the production rights to a 8 x 15 minutes spin-off series which follows couples after they have left Singletown, alongside a re-order for a second series of Singletown Denmark. Produced by Metronome Denmark (part of Banijay Nordic), filming is slated for the summer ahead of a premiere later on in the year on Discovery+.

KI has also sold the format production rights to Discovery Group in the Netherlands and Spain, with Banijay Nordic extending options in multiple territories. Banijay Italy has also acquired production rights to the series for Italy.

Marble Mania heads to France

John de Mol’s Talpa has closed a deal with France’s TF1 for a local production of the marble racing format Marble Mania following local versions in the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium.

Talpa Entertainment Productions will produce four episodes in cooperation with  Arthur Essebag’s production company Satisfaction.

In each self-contained episode, three celebrities participate in various challenges in order to win the most marbles before participating in a marble race, with the winning celebrity earning money for the charity of their choice.

The series launched eight weeks ago on SBS6 in the Netherlands. Marble Mania is distributed by Talpa Concepts.

Horsepower 3.0 finalists revealed

Quebec-based Media Ranch has revealed the finalists for its format incubator Horsepower 3.0

The selected participants include Christiane Berthiaume, a fashion professor at LaSalle College in Montréal; Claudia Ferri, a Quebec actress of Italian origin; Elsa Olano, a communications officer at the Center for Public Health and Research; and Charlotte Brassard, a film student at the University of Montreal and program manager for Donaction.

Additional participants are Alexandra Paquin, a film production student at Concordia University; Mathieu Ferland, a high school teacher; Louis-Philippe Vachon, creator of the web series A Guy Trys Himself and Robert Baziramwabo, host of Podcast Mezanmi.

During the 16-week incubator, the participants will be introduced to the world of TV formats — the different types of formats and trends in TV markets around the world — and will learn to write formats.

This edition brings in two new French partners who joined forces with Horsepower Founders, Media Ranch and Quebecor Content: TF1 Group and La Fabrique des formats.

The incubation process will culminate in July with the presentation of the eight virtual “pitches” to the jury made up of 10 representatives of the four partners.

The winning format selected will be the subject of a co-development agreement as well as an international distribution agreement.

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