Extra: Pernel to produce Munich doc; BBCS licenses “1% Club” to RTL Netherlands

Pernel Media commissioned to produce Munich: Of Games and Blood Paris-based factual TV prodco Pernel Media has secured a commission from French broadcaster Planète+ to produce a premium feature documentary on ...
April 4, 2022

Pernel Media commissioned to produce Munich: Of Games and Blood

Paris-based factual TV prodco Pernel Media has secured a commission from French broadcaster Planète+ to produce a premium feature documentary on the Israeli hostage crisis that grabbed the world’s attention during the 1972 Munich Olympics.

Coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the event, Munich: Of Games and Blood (pictured) will explore the crisis that began on September 5, 1972 with the hostage-taking of Israeli athletes by Palestinian Black September terrorists during the Munich Olympic Games, through to its bloody ending that ushered in a new form of terrorism: the live televised attack before a global audience.

The tragedy will be presented as a political thriller narrated by three protagonists present at the original event: a terrorist, a member of the German police, and a Mossad agent. By combining these points of view along with archive, exclusive testimonies and revelations from declassified documents, the film aims to shine a new light on the infamous massacre.

Munich: Of Games and Blood is executive produced for Pernel Media by Fabrice Frank and Samuel Kissous. The project was commissioned by Planète+’s Christine Cauquelin, head of documentaries, Canal+ Group.

Magnify Media unveils two Nordic formats launching at MIPTV

Magnify Media, part of Plimsoll Productions, has announced a pair of new Nordic formats set to launch at MIPTV.

From Denmark, Magnify has landed the distribution rights to Heartland TV’s Master Cleaners (7 x 40 min.), which will launch this month on TV2. The studio competition series finds 10 perfectionist cleaners competing to win the title of Nation’s Best Cleaner by cleaning things ranging from festival toilets to a pet dog, all while being judged by experts in the field, including the royal family’s housekeeper and a cleaning-book author.

From Norway’s NRK Productions comes Gym (8 x 20 min.), a comedy entertainment format that finds 10 celebrities sent back to gym class to play childhood games that we all remember with both fondness and horror. The first series earned high ratings earlier this year on NRK, and a second season is currently in production.

BBCS licenses The 1% Club format to RTL Netherlands

BBC Studios has announced that it has licensed the entertainment format The 1% Club to Dutch broadcaster RTL Netherlands.

The format aims to test the nation’s intelligence using a scientific survey, with both contestants and viewers seeking to join the “1% Club,” an elite group that is smarter than 99% of the population.

The 1% Club, which is set to premiere in the UK this month, was created by Magnum Media, who will produce the series for ITV.  The Dutch version, to be titled De 1% Quiz, will be produced locally by Blue Circle, and is slated to enter production this month ahead of a May 2022 debut on RTL.

The license to RTL Netherlands marks the third international format sale of The 1% Club for BBC Studios, following its acquisition for France and Israel by public broadcasters France Télévisions and Kan 11, respectively.

“It’s a testament to the format that in little over a year, The 1% Club has had three international versions confirmed before the original series has even hit screens in the UK,” said André Renaud, SVP global format sales at BBC Studios, in a news release. “It speaks volumes when a unique, family-orient[ed] and highly entertaining format like this receives such prominence in a crowded formats market, and I’m delighted that RTL Netherlands is the next broadcaster to commission a local series with the great team from Blue Circle. With this great start for The 1% Club, I can only expect the trend to continue.”

Zee, TelevisaUnivision ink copro deal on travel series Spice Trails: Latin America

India’s Zee Entertainment Enterprises (ZEE) and Mexico’s TelevisaUnivision are partnering to coproduce a new international food-based travelogue series, The Spice Trails: Latin America.

The 12 x 30-minute series will be produced in 4K and take viewers through Mexico, Panama, Guatemala, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Chile and Argentina, uncovering spices unique to Latin America while also showcasing local landmarks, the vibrant cultures in the fields and markets, and the spirit of the local population.

“We are delighted to be partnering with TelevisaUnivision to develop this series that is creatively exciting,” said Sunita Uchil, EVP of ZEE, in a release. “Our mission at ZEE is to produce quality shows like this which have a universal appeal and serve the ever-growing market demand for exciting and engaging content.”

Added Eduardo Murguia, executive producer at TelevisaUnivision: “We are very excited to team up with Zee Entertainment to create a series like this, and we’re confident it will be delivered to its audience worldwide with the utmost quality and living up to the expectations we all have on the series as a production team.”

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