Fboy Island bound for Demark, Spain, Sweden and Netherlands
HBO Max has revealed that local versions of its breakout dating series FBoy Island will be produced in Denmark, Spain, Sweden and the Netherlands.
The series (10 x 60 min., pictured) will be produced by Warner Bros. International Television Production in each territory.
The series concept was created by Elan Gale (The Bachelor) and follows three women who move to a tropical island where they’re joined by 24 men, 12 of whom are self-proclaimed “nice guys” seeking love and 12 self-proclaimed “FBoys” just there to win money. The U.S. version of Fboy Island enjoyed the biggest launch for a Max Original reality series since the launch of the platform, with viewership growing week over week.
FBoy Island Denmark is produced by WBITVP Denmark, with Annelies Sitvast and Christian Wikander serving as executive producers for HBO Max; FBoy Island España is produced by WBITVP Spain, with Sitvast and Miguel Salvat executive producing for HBO Max; Fboy Island Sverige is produced by Warner Bros. International Television Production Sverige AB, with Sitvast and Wikander executive producing; and FBoy Island Nederland is produced by WBITVP Netherlands, with Sitvast and Sabine Feij serving as executive producers for HBO Max.
Channel 4 acquires Married to a Psychopath
UK pubcaster Channel 4 has acquired a new documentary series from London-headquartered Big Little Fish Television that revisits an unprecedented police investigation into the crimes of a would-be serial killer.
Married to a Psychopath (2 x 60 min.) documents an extraordinary manhunt that spanned several continents and which would later involve 20 detectives gathering more than 1,000 witness statements to convict Malcolm Webster, one of the most notorious murderers of recent times.
Webster was convicted of murder in 2011 after Scotland’s longest-ever criminal trial for a single accused. He was found guilty of killing his first wife in 1994 in a staged car crash just eight months after they were married, for which he received a six-figure life insurance payout. Five years later he tried and failed to kill his second wife in the same manner, and the series picks up the story in the 2000s when Webster was living in a small town in Scotland, where he aroused the suspicions of local police while targeting his third victim.
Married to a Psychopath is produced by Emma Love, with Mark Beech producing and directing the series. The commissioning editors for Channel 4 are Sacha Mirzeoff and Rita Daniels, while Abacus Media Rights is handling international distribution.
Pre-production begins for docuseries on world-famous chef Nobu Matsuhisa
Stuart Ford’s AGC Television, Gianni Nunnari’s Hollywood Gang and filmmaker Matt Tyrnauer’s Altimeter are entering pre-production on a four-part docuseries about world-renowned chef and hotelier Nobu Matsuhisa, to be directed by Tyrnauer (Valentino: The Last Emperor, Scotty and the Secret Life of Hollywood, The Reagans).
Made with exclusive access to Nobu as well as his key partners, collaborators and friends, the series will trace the legendary chef’s rise from dishwasher in a Shinjuku restaurant to sushi master to head of a globe-spanning culinary and hospitality empire whose name is now branded on 47 restaurants and 27 hotels worldwide.
Tyrnauer and his Altimeter partner Corey Reeser are on board as executive producers, along with Nunnari for Hollywood Gang. AGC Television is represented by Ford, founder and CEO of its parent company AGC Studios, as well as by the company’s president of television Lourdes Diaz and BJ Levin, EVP of non-fiction content. The deal was negotiated by WME, on behalf of Altimeter; AGC’s SVP of legal & business Affairs Anant Tamirisa, on behalf of AGC; and Alan Grodin of Weintraub Tobin Chediak Coleman Grodin, on behalf of Hollywood Gang.
(With files from Andrew Tracy)