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Warner Bros. Intl. TV Production unveils formats slate in advance of showcase

Warner Bros. International Television Production (WBITVP) has revealed its formats slate for the year ahead, in advance of its own annual WBITVP Formats Showcase slated for March 3 in London ...
February 10, 2022

Warner Bros. International Television Production (WBITVP) has revealed its formats slate for the year ahead, in advance of its own annual WBITVP Formats Showcase slated for March 3 in London at BAFTA headquarters.

Formats being presented from across its group of companies and third-party partners include studio entertainment talent series 60 Seconds (44 min., from TVNZ). The format, boasting “state-of-the-art virtual studio technology,” sees performers attempting to grab the attention of the series’ judges and viewers in just 60 seconds.

Also on the slate is the American dating series, soon to debut in the U.S., The Big D (10 x 60 min., TBS). The main thrust of the series, to be produced by Lighthearted Entertainment in the U.S., is “10 divorced couples move to a Costa Rican tropical villa to re-learn how to date, while looking for love with the other contestants in the house.”

UK prodco Ricochet is bringing Top Takeout (8 x 60 min., BBC Two) to the event. The series sees several of the UK’s top takeout restaurants battling for top marks from real families trying the food in their own homes.

Also on tap are two formats from the Netherlands: Hot Shots (8 x 45 min., NPO3), in which social media stars take close looks at the hyped-up products of the moment; andĀ True Prices (8 x 30 min., NPO3), which examines the real costs behind some of the cheap yet popular products on the market today.

The showcase, which will feature in-person and virtual interviews with creatives, broadcasters and talent, will also provide updates on two of WBITVP’s priority formats: The Wheel, from Hungry Bear in the UK, which is currently airing in five territories outside of the UK; and new singing competition format Wall Duet, from Thailand’s Workpoint TV, which recently made a local debut on RTL in the Netherlands.

The WBITVP event is just one of the major content gatherings happening in the UK in the weeks ahead of MIPTV. The BBC Studios Showcase, virtual for another year, is set to run from February 28 to March 2, overlapping with The London TV Screenings that areĀ set for February 28 to March 4. Organizers for the latter event say it will be conducted with COVID-19 guidelines and protocols as advised at the time by the UK government, and a glance at its calendar page shows that each presenting company is also liaising with buyers directly concerning virtual attendance at their particular presentation.

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