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Extra: Anytime picks up “Upgrade” format; All3Media launches Belgian label

Anytime Productions picks up reality game show Upgrade  France’s Anytime Production acquired Global Agency’s reality game show Upgrade, which was recently optioned in Norway and Germany. The series, owned by the Israeli production ...
August 24, 2021

Anytime Productions picks up reality game show Upgrade 

France’s Anytime Production acquired Global Agency’s reality game show Upgrade, which was recently optioned in Norway and Germany.

The series, owned by the Israeli production company Tanin Productions & TV, has been broadcast in nearly 45 territories already including China, India, Brazil, Canada, Russia, Spain, Denmark and Peru.

Upgrade is an out-of-studio game show that offers the chance for contestants to upgrade their old household items by answering trivia questions, and is filmed in the players’ own homes.

Anytime is based in Paris and founded by Guillaume Fourestier, former COO at France 4. The production company aims to specialize in creating and acquiring both scripted and unscripted formats that are proposed to its partners in France, Western Europe, Canada, the United States and England.

All3Media launches Belgian production label

All3Media is launching a new production label in Belgium, run by former Dedsit co-founder David Ottenburgh (pictured).

Ottenburgh joins from SBS where he was executive creative director, and he’ll lead All3Media Belgium as managing director beginning on Sept. 1. The company will focus on developing new formats and adapting programming from the All3Media International catalogue for the Belgian market. Its first production will be idtv reality entertainment format The Traitors for VTM.

Ottenburgh developed a variety of new formats at Dedsit, and he adapted or co-produced a number of hit shows for the Belgium market including Family Feud and Through the Keyhole. Dedsit was sold in 2019 and Ottenburgh soon joined SBS where he was responsible for the SBS Creative and Studio divisions.

In his new role, Ottenburgh will report to newly announced All3Media Deutschland CEO Taco Rijssemus.

Ottenburgh said he was drawn to the position because of All3Media’s fantastic global distribution network, and the opportunity to share Belgium’s creativity with the rest of the world.

“There is an exciting opportunity for All3Media in Belgium to expand our production footprint, leveraging our existing IP catalogue and creating new formats,” said Jane Turton, All3Media CEO, in a news release. “David has an impressive track record of both developing and producing great shows and I am delighted that he will be leading our new production label in Belgium.”

JKN Global Media commissions Thai adaptation of Project Runway

Fremantle fashion format, Project Runway, will be locally produced in Thailand by JKN Best Life Co.

Project Runway Thailand will air on JKN18, a DTT channel owned and operated by JKN Best Life Co, and it’s scheduled to premiere in the first quarter of 2022. Producers are now starting to cast judges and contestants for their local edition.

The fashion reality series typically sees aspiring fashion designers competing against each other, under the guidance of a mentor, to showcase their creations and overcome demanding challenges. A panel of judges assess their creations and eliminates a stylist each week. The finalist gets the opportunity to prepare a complete fashion collection to show during the final catwalk.

The Thai edition of the series will feature fashion designer and professor Tawn Chatchavalvong on the jury, alongside Anne Jakkaphong Jakrajutatip, who will make her debut as the first transgender host on Project Runway.

The series has been produced in 28 territories, most recently in New Zealand, Greece and Ukraine.

“Long and widely conceded by our Asian peers, Thai fashion design is cosmopolitan, innovative, yet uniquely Thai. Distinctive for its vibrant creativity, exuberant eclecticism, and even wit and trendsetting style,” said Jakrajutatip, who’s also CEO of JKN Global Media, in a news release.

“Thai fashion enduringly embodies the spirit of Thailand. Project Runway Thailand is destined to be the platform to showcase and nurture budding talents to a wider audience and beyond.”

Fremantle will handle global distribution for the format. Project Runway is produced by Spyglass Media and Alfred Street Industries for Bravo.

Blue Ant International acquires licensing rights to Secrets of the Imperial War Museum

Blue Ant International acquired the international licensing rights to Secrets of the Imperial War Museum (6 x 60 minutes) a series that offers an exclusive look into the UK’s Imperial War Museum, a world-renowned institution.

The museum includes collections covering all aspects of conflicts involving Britain from the First World War to Afghanistan and Iraq. More than 30 million objects and 50,000 hours of film are included in the museum’s collection.

The series is produced by Spring Films and commissioned for Channel 5 in the UK. It is available for worldwide distribution outside of the UK and Ireland via Blue Ant International.

Secrets of the Imperial War Museum gives audiences incredible access to artifacts from past and present, offering new perspectives on history and culture,” said Solange Attwood, EVP of Blue Ant International, in a news release.

“After more than a year of lockdown restrictions on some of the world’s most beloved museums, this series is a rich experience that will ignite a fascination to learn more about the items and events that shaped our society.”

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