Extra: Red Arrow format deals; hirings, promotions at Wonderhood, SimpelZodiak

Red Arrow Studios International lands deals for Stealing the Show!, Beat the Channel Red Arrow Studios International has scored a wave of international deals for the formats Stealing the Show! and ...
May 16, 2022

Red Arrow Studios International lands deals for Stealing the Show!, Beat the Channel

Red Arrow Studios International has scored a wave of international deals for the formats Stealing the Show! and Beat the Channel, originally produced by Florida Entertainment for Germany’s ProSieben.

Stealing the Show!, a quiz format that gives three celebrity contestants and a member of the public the chance to take control of the next episode as quiz master, has been sold to Tin Can in the Netherlands and Bandicoot in the UK.

Meanwhile, Beat the Channel (pictured), in which two TV presenters are given the chance to win a 15-minute live broadcast slot, has been optioned by Boxfish in Spain, ITV France and July August Productions in Israel.

Red Arrow Studios International distributes both formats internationally.

Wonderhood bolsters leadership team with hiring, promotions

London-based Wonderhood Studios is strengthening its leadership team as the prodco ramps up its business with new commissions for broadcasters and platforms in the UK and internationally. Lianne Hickey joins as head of production, while Katharine Patrick has been promoted to head of factual and Tom Garton to head of development.

Hickey joins Wonderhood Studios from Fremantle-owned prodco Naked, where she was head of production overseeing programs like The Rap Game UK (BBC Three), The Killer Nanny: Did She Do It? (Channel 4) and Ghislaine, Prince Andrew and the Paedophile (ITV/Paramount+), among others. Prior to joining Naked she held senior production roles at IMG Media, Firecracker Films, DCD Media and Summer Films.

Since joining Wonderhood in 2019, Patrick has developed and executive produced non-fiction programs like Baby Surgeons: Delivering Miracles (Channel 4), Trump in Tweets (BBC Two) and Devil’s Advocate: The Mostly True Story of Giovanni di Stefano (Sky Documentaries) with Wonderhood chief creative officer Samantha Anstiss.

Garton also joined Wonderhood in 2019, and has since developed a raft of commissions including Devil’s Advocate for Sky Documentaries, Heston’s Marvellous Menu (BBC Two), COVID: Our Lockdown in Shanghai (Smithsonian) and Scouting for Girls, the forthcoming three-part series for Sky Documentaries. Both Patrick and Garton will secure unscripted commissions and work with Anstiss on the creative direction of the company.

Banijay’s SimpelZodiak adds to creative team 

Dutch prodco SimpelZodiak, part of Banijay, is adding to its creative team with several new senior hires.

Joining the label is Annabelle Aaftink, who has been hired as head of development and will take over responsibility of the creative team. She joins the company from Tuvalu Media, where she worked for seven years alongside streamers and commercial broadcasters on a slate of content.

In her new role, Aaftink will work with Stijn Ouwehand, who, following success with titles like Hunted into the Wild, the locally created spin-off of global hit Hunted, has been promoted to lead the management of creative output and program development.

Also joining SimpelZodiak is designer and developer Henk Vernout, new casting and development executive Jamy Lee Roy, and senior creative producer Vincent Sewalt.

Media Ranch’s Big Love optioned in Netherlands

Montreal-based format production and distribution company Media Ranch has announced that the Belgian version of its format for DR (Danish Broadcasting Corporation), Big Love, is finishing production, and that the format has also been optioned for the Netherlands by Monday Media.

The factual reality series follows three couples who have all put on weight since they first fell for each other, and have agreed to an eight-month process of subjecting themselves to various trials in an effort to find their way back to who they used to be.

The Belgian version of Big Love, produced by by De Mensen, will be the second local adaptation of the format, whose Danish original was created by STV Productions for DR1. Earlier this year, the first local adaptation of the format launched on VRAI in French-speaking Canada.

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