Extra: Banijay embarks on “Race for the Rings”; Shutterstock moves into doc production

Banijay’s Endemol Shine Netherlands to produce new adventure format Dutch broadcaster RTL 4 has commissioned a new adventure reality series, Race for the Rings, from Banijay Benelux subsidiary Endemol Shine Netherlands ...
June 17, 2022

Banijay’s Endemol Shine Netherlands to produce new adventure format

Dutch broadcaster RTL 4 has commissioned a new adventure reality series, Race for the Rings, from Banijay Benelux subsidiary Endemol Shine Netherlands and Kale Jackhals Productions.

Shot in the desert of Jordan, the format (pictured) pits teams of engaged couples against each other in a series of demanding physical and mental challenges that will test their bodies, wits and connection. The duo that emerges victorious will claim the ultimate prize of a (presumably paid-for) honeymoon.

“This new upbeat adventure format is sensational in every aspect, with epic challenges and impressive scenery,” said James Townley, Banijay’s global head of content development. “Combining competition, reality, relationships and much more, Race for the Rings has all the key elements which will appeal to a global audience.”

Shutterstock Studios moving into documentary production

Photography provider Shutterstock has announced that its creative and production arm, Shutterstock Studios, will expand into the realm of original documentary films and series.

Spearheaded by Aiden DarnĂ©, former Vice Media executive and now VP and global head of Shutterstock Studios, the new initiative kicks off with the docuseries Reinventing the Wheel, which gives viewers a behind-the-scenes look at NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson as he navigates his second IndyCar season. The eight-part series is produced in partnership with Carvana, an online automotive marketplace, and is available to stream in full on Carvana’s YouTube page.

Shutterstock’s second documentary project, The Money Shot, follows celebrity photographer Miles Diggs, a.k.a. Diggzy, the man behind such famous shots as Rihanna’s pregnancy photos. The feature-length doc examines the rise of celebrity culture in America from Diggzy’s viewpoint, as well as from that of the celebrities who know it from the inside.

Both Reinventing the Wheel and The Money Shot are set to hit TV and streaming services soon. Other Shutterstock Studios projects in various stages of development and production include Behind the Lens, an archival documentary about celebrity photographers, and History of Boy Bands, which chronicles the rise and fall (and rise again) of the ’90s-bred teen-pop phenomenon.

Scorpion TV secures multiple international sales, including 22 titles to Czech Republic

London-based content distributor Scorpion TV has closed a number of international licensing deals, headlined by a 22-title package sale to the Czech Republic’s Prima TV.

The Prima acquisition nets the broadcaster 32 hours of standalone docs and series, including all three titles in Scorpion’s ‘Search for’ strand, which delve into the mysteries behind some of history’s greatest paintings. All three 52-minute docs focus on the works of Leonardo da Vinci: The Search for the Virgin of the Rocks, The Search for The Last Supper, and The Search for Mona Lisa.

The Search for the Virgin of the Rocks has also been picked up by Swiss pubcaster RSI Radiotelevisione Svizzera as part of a three-title deal, which is rounded out by the NYC street photographer doc Fill the Frame (1 x 61 min.) and Arrow Media’s 9/11: The Lost Tapes (1 x 47 min.). Finally, the marine-life doc Ocean Secrets (1 x 50 min.) has been acquired by AMC in Spain and SVT in Sweden.

Scorpion has also acquired distribution rights to the CBC docs In Your Face (1 x 51 min.) and The Musical Animal (1 x 47 min.), as well as the docuseries You, Myself and Art (8 x 30 min.) from French filmmaker Thomas Deshays.

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Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.