Extra: Nordics “MasterChef” spin-off; JFK’s secret tapes doc from WMR, Rocket Rights

Viaplay orders MasterChef: Young Talent for Denmark, Norway A new spin-off of Banijay’s multi-national MasterChef franchise, MasterChef: Young Talent, will be launching with two local iterations in the Nordic region. Viaplay Group has ordered ...
July 6, 2022

Viaplay orders MasterChef: Young Talent for Denmark, Norway

A new spin-off of Banijay’s multi-national MasterChef franchise, MasterChef: Young Talent, will be launching with two local iterations in the Nordic region.

Viaplay Group has ordered two first seasons of Young Talent, which will spotlight precociously accomplished cooks aged 13 to 18 who will show off and hone their skills under the watchful eyes of a panel of expert judges. The format will premiere in Denmark under the title MasterChef, De Unge Talenter, produced by Banijay-owned prodco Metronome; and in Norway as MasterChef, Unge Talenter, produced by Nordisk Banijay.

“This exciting spin-off will showcase a new demographic of talent and equip a future generation of chefs with the best tools and experiences,” said Lucas Green, global head of content operations at Banijay. “It is the perfect example of MasterChef‘s constant evolution as a format, and with Metronome and Nordisk Banijay building on their successful credits, audiences are set for some fantastic new MasterChef moments.”

The new spin-offs arrive on the heels of Viaplay securing the Dutch franchise rights for Celebrity MasterChef, which is being produced by the Banijay Benelux company SimpelZodiak for a fall premiere. It was also announced earlier this year that another generational-themed spin-off of the format, Young MasterChef (which focuses on culinary talent aged 18 to 25), would be produced by Banijay’s Shine TV for BBC Three.

WMR, Rocket Rights team for Cuban Missile Crisis doc Kennedy’s Secret Tapes

Ahead of the 60th anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis this autumn, Rocket Rights and World Media Rights (WMR) have partnered on a new feature documentary project, Kennedy’s Secret Tapes, that applies the Get Back treatment to secret audio recordings made by John F. Kennedy as he and his advisors debated how the U.S. should respond to the installation of Soviet nuclear weapons in Castro’s Cuba in October 1962.

Believing that he needed to keep an accurate record of what he said during White House meetings (not least to burnish his image as a leader for posterity), Kennedy had tape recorders secretly installed in the Oval Office and operated the system himself. While degraded copies of the tapes have previously been transcribed for purposes of historical research, WMR has been able to obtain the original recordings, and has digitally restored them for inclusion in the documentary.

In addition to these never-before-heard (by the general public) recordings, the film will also employ other archive and stills shot during the 13-day period when the U.S. and the Soviet Union stood poised on the brink of nuclear war.

“WMR is legendary for restoring old archive, as in our World War II in Colour,” World Media Rights CEO Alan Griffiths said, referencing the 13-part 2008 docuseries produced for the UK’s Channel 5. “We have applied sophisticated software to the Kennedy Tapes[,] which means that [they] can now be heard by viewers for the first time in the voices of the participants in the White House that October 1962.”

The film will be available in time for October 16, 2022, which is 60 years to the day that the Crisis commenced.

Zed embarks on doc about long-lost Arthurian narrative for Arte

French non-fiction specialist Zed has announced that production has commenced on Chasing Dragons: The Forgotten Knight of the Round Table (52 min./90 min.), a documentary about a recently discovered medieval text that recounts the adventures of one of King Arthur’s previously unknown knights errant.

Written in the 13th century, the manuscript centers on the knight Segurant, who, bewitched by a spell while en route to Camelot, sets out in pursuit of an imagined dragon. The long-lost tale was pieced together by the medieval historian Emanuele Arioli, who spent a decade reconstructing the text via travels across Europe.

The film, which is being directed by Marie Thiry and produced by Zed’s Christine Le Goff, will thread together the story of Arioli’s scholarly quest with animated sequences illustrating passages from the restored text, created in collaboration with the illustrator Antoine Carrion.

Pre-sales are already available for the in-progress project, which is slated for a fall 2023 premiere courtesy of Arte.

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