Extra: TTV picks up Media Ranch Format; Docs recognized at Dorian Film Awards

TTV Poland picks up Media Ranch format The Things My Dad Failed to Teach Me Montreal-based production and distribution company Media Ranch has announced that its format The Things My Dad ...
August 30, 2021

TTV Poland picks up Media Ranch format The Things My Dad Failed to Teach Me

Montreal-based production and distribution company Media Ranch has announced that its format The Things My Dad Failed to Teach Me has been picked up by TTV Poland, a TVN/Discovery group channel.

The series is currently in production for nine 45-minute episodes, with an airdate being eyed this fall. The Things My Dad Failed to Teach Me follows a celebrity who returns to their childhood home to visit with their father to learn skills lacking in today’s younger generation, like household repairs, hunting and even cooking. The format was created by Danish prodco Laud People for TV 2 Denmark, where the show’s second season is in production. It’s since been picked up in Norway, with the announcement of a broadcast partner imminent, and is also in development in the Netherlands.

“Media Ranch is thrilled about the production deal with TTV Poland that PRO5 Media’s Malgorzata Gudel, our Warsaw representative, closed for The Things My Dad Failed to Teach Me — a fun, heart-warming program. This is an original Danish (TV 2) program that nearly doubled TV 2′s share last Fall, and we expect Polish audiences to embrace it well,” said Sophie Ferron (pictured), president and founder of Media Ranch, in a release.

Added Lidia Kazan, TTV’s programming director: “We are happy to be in production with The Things My Dad Failed to Teach Me as it shares matters and values important for our audience. This is a wonderful entertaining family program which we hope to be as big a hit in Poland as it was in Denmark.”

HBO, Netflix docs pick up Dorian Film Awards

David France’s Welcome to Chechnya (HBO) and Sam Feder’s Disclosure: Trans Lives on Screen (Netflix) tied for Best Documentary at this year’s Dorian Film Awards.

Nominees included Collective, Crip Camp, Dick Johnson is Dead and Time.

Welcome to Chechnya and Disclosure also tied for Best LGBTQ Documentary. Other films nominated include A Secret Love, Born to Be and Mucho Mucho amor: The Legend of Walter Mercado.

Galeca: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics, home of the annual Dorian Awards, currently consists of nearly 300 professional journalists who write on television and film for media outlets in the U.S., Canada, Australia and the U.K.

The Dorian TV Awards is scheduled to run in the fall. Programs that aired the majority of their episodes June 1, 2020 through May 31, 2021 are eligible.

Rabbit Films’ Over the Atlantic picked up by TVN Poland

In more TVN news, Finnish producer-distributor Rabbit Films announced that the Discovery-owned Polish network has commissioned a local version of its original reality adventure format Over the Atlantic.

The 8 x 60-minute series will begin production in November and will be produced by Jake Vision. The series follows a group of six celebrities attempting to sail across the Atlantic Ocean, learning to sail and working as a team to battle the elements and learn about each other as well as themselves.

The first season of the Norwegian version of Over the Atlantic is set to premiere on TV Norge on August 31, with the third season of the Swedish version premiering the same day on Kanal 5.

The original version of Over the Atlantic is produced by Rabbit Films Finland for TV5 (Discovery), with a third season currently in production for a 2022 premiere. Other international versions include Denmark, where the third season aired earlier this year on Kanal 5; Vier in Belgium and SBS6 in The Netherlands. The format has also been optioned in territories including the UK, Germany, French-speaking Belgium and France.

“Over the Atlantic has proven to be a hit territory after territory and season after season,” Jonathan Tuovinen, head of international at Rabbit Films, said in a release. “These new deals demonstrate the staying power of Over the Atlantic as a brand. We are very excited to see the success build with the first commission in Central Europe.”

With files from Jillian Morgan

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