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Promise of La Croisette
Which is busier for producers, distributors (and TV trade journalists): the weeks before MipTV or the week itself? While many are scrambling away in March trying to snap up the loudest programming and most eyewatering formats, the first week of April itself is a cordwainer’s dream, albeit one with cold rosé and cocktails with little umbrellas. Peter MipTV is increasingly becoming a European White market (read: slightly smaller than Mipcom) as the Brits, French, Germans and Israelis try to take advantage of the space left by the major Hollywood studios, which are more interested in pitching up in October, long after their LA Screenings slates are disclosed. What will be the gossip of the market? Corporate consolidation and the ease of finding new money are set to be much-discussed topics over beach-front lunches and busy 30-minute meetings. Will there be anyone left for ITV Studios to buy? Will an international buyer swoop on Channel 5 during the market? Will anything shake out between Fremantle Media and All3Media? Will Endemol buy or be bought? La Croisette will be the first to hear. Additionally, the likes of Jan Frouman, group managing director at German firm Red Arrow Entertainment Group, and Olivier Courson, chief executive of StudioCanal, will be setting out their corporate strategies and it will be no surprise if they unveil new indie acquisitions to join the likes of CPL Productions, Nerd and Red Production Company. And then there’s the shows themselves. Buyers and sellers will obviously be trying to find and pitch the next Sherlock or Rising Star. To help, Broadcast has curated a list of more than 30 of the most exciting and interesting new projects – both the best of British and some choice global content – in our Hot Picks (pages 10-31). The absence of the major Hollywood studios has provided room for the next tier of US companies to exert their dominance. Cable network Starz is heading to town with superstar rapper 50 Cent to promote urban drama Power; Viacom is flying out Parks And Recreation star Amy Poehler to represent her Comedy Central show Broad City, while Sex And The City’s Kim Cattrall will plug Sensitive Skin, a Canadian remake of the BBC drama. Good luck in Cannes. I’ll catch you on the Croisette.
Contents 04 Profile: TWC The Weinstein brothers on their plans to produce ‘event TV’
18 Hot Picks: Fremantle Dicte: Scandinavian crime drama with a difference
25 Hot Picks: Sky Vision Working The Engels: family comedy about a young lawyer
06 Profile: Starz Rapper 50 Cent discusses his drama project Power
20 Hot Picks: Scripted The Code; The Seaside Hotel; 19-2; Darknet; Broad City
26 Hot Picks: Israel Boom: ticking-bomb gameshow; Game Of Chefs: competitive cooking
08 Profile: Zodiak Rights Chief exec Steve Macallister on boosting drama and digital
22 Hot Picks: Talpa Utopia: John de Mol’s latest social experiment
28 Hot Picks: Kids Bing Bunny; Hank Zipzer; Billy Green Builds; Star Wars Rebels; Early Bird; Dinopaws
10 Hot Picks: Best Of British The latest shows from the likes of All3Media, BBCW and Cineflix
23 Hot Picks: Twentieth Century Fox Tyrant: edgy political drama set in the Middle East
31 Hot Picks: Factual The Wahlburgers; Inside Nature’s Marvels; Fundastic; Family Confidential; Online Dating
Broadcast Editor Chris Curtis Supplement Editor Peter White Production Editor Dominic Needham Group Art Director, Media Peter Gingell Contributors Jules Grant, Andreas Wiseman Group Commercial Director Alison Pitchford Conferences Director Charlotte Wheeler Business Development Manager Patricia Arescy Sales Manager Sonya Jacobs www.broadcastnow.co.uk
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MipTV PROFILE THE WEINSTEIN COMPANY
Big ideas for the small screen The brothers with the Oscar midas touch have their eyes set on event TV and ‘won’t be making any cop procedurals’. Andreas Wiseman reports
Gomorrah: ‘City of God’ for the small screen
ollywood moguls Harvey and Bob Weinstein have long been synonymous with prestige dramas made for the big screen, from The English Patient, Cold Mountain and The Aviator to The Reader, The King’s Speech and The Artist. However, in the past year, the brothers’ powerhouse sales, distribution and production outfit The Weinstein Company (TWC) has made a concerted push into scripted TV drama, both through production and acquisitions. “When people see how many scripted and unscripted shows we have on our slate, they think ‘Wow, where did you guys come from’, says TWC chief operating officer David Glasser, Weinstein’s chief deal-maker. “But it comes from years of moving towards the small screen.” Indeed, under the stewardship of president of TV Meryl Poster, the company has produced a string of lucrative reality TV series including Lifetime’s Project Runway, spin-off Project Runway All Stars and VH1’s Mob Wives. However, it wasn’t until last year that its growing slate of popular factual programmes was supplemented with a host of dramas, many infused with the big-name film talent for which TWC is known.
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‘While building our TV output, one of the things we realised was that so many great ideas were coming out of our film team’ David Glasser
Among major series either in production or development are bigbudget Netflix commission Marco Polo, to be directed by Kon-Tiki directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg; WGN America’s 10 Commandments, on which film directors including Lee Daniels, Wes Craven and Jim Sheridan each tackle one of the Commandments; and Book Of The Dead, a 10-episode detective drama set in ancient Egypt that is understood to have a UK broadcaster attached.
UK output In keeping with Harvey Weinstein’s passion for European film, the company’s rapidly growing TV slate has a distinctly Euro flavour, with many of the projects emanating from the UK. Spearheading the company’s European push are London-based film execs Robert Walak, president, production, acquisitions & TV, and Negeen Yazdi, executive vice-president, acquisitions and co-productions. The duo now work across film and TV for TWC, a strategy that chimes with the company’s desire for synergies. “While building our TV output, we realised that many great ideas were coming out of our film team,” says
Glasser. “Harvey and I sat down and thought: are we going to build another 40-person team? We decided to build from within.” Projects generated out of the UK include Andrew Davies’ ambitious mini-series adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s War And Peace, on which TWC is partnering with Simon Vaughan’s Lookout Point and the BBC. TWC will distribute the series in the US, Canada and China. Another is Stan And Ollie, a TV film written by Jeff Pope about the latter days of comedy duo Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, also for the BBC. The company’s investment in a show varies on a case-by-case basis. On War And Peace, for example, TWC is co-financing and handling the US rights, and is right across the creative process. “We have a weekly meeting with the BBC to go through location, budget, shoot dates, director deals, talent and the script,” explains Walak. “It’s a very inclusive process on which there is a lot of parity.” Walak and former Universal Pictures International exec Yazdi have been busy meeting with key producers and broadcasters to alert them to TWC’s growing TV ambitions. www.broadcastnow.co.uk
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spin-offs of some of the biggest hits “We’re finding that production from their days working there, includcompanies have upped their game ing Pulp Fiction, Good Will Hunting when it comes to scripted drama in and Flirting With Disaster. the UK,” says Walak, who famously The ongoing convergence of the oversaw the UK acquisitions of The King’s Speech and The Woman In Black film and TV industries is an inevitable factor in the company’s push into while at distributor Momentum. “You scripted drama. have production companies like “The scripted world has become See-Saw moving into TV and working one,” says Glasser, who joined the with key film talent. There are also company six years ago from Syndicate very strong literary adaptations Films International. “A lot of the filmcoming from the UK, with interesting makers we work with want to make twists from new voices.” The company has at least five projects TV, and they want to make it with us if in the works with Vaughan, who comes those projects reflect our film output.” That output is largely high-end and in for particular praise from Glasser. expensive. “We’re looking to make big “We’re also looking to balance the event pieces that feel like a slate so we don’t only have feature,” continues the UShigh-end literary adaptabased executive, who regtions. We’re also looking ularly visits the UK on to do some darker, genre business. “We’re not stuff,” says Walak. Amount made going to be making “The format and available for TWC’s cop procedurals.” length of series is less TV push by Union The company is now important than the Bank deal looking for long-term partquality,” adds Yazdi. nerships in the TV industry in Out of the UK, the the same way that it has nurtured company has also acquired US key relationships in the film world. rights to Tiger Aspect/Caryn Manda“It’s a DNA thing,” continues bach production Peaky Blinders and Glasser. “The companies we choose Cattleya/Sky Italia series Gomorrah. to work with will know that our two TWC is now working with Italian companies can fit together and that producer Cattleya on an EnglishHarvey’s taste is like theirs. They will language spin-off of the latter. “We understand, from our history, that we are very excited by what we see of know how to make a show, cast it and Gomorrah, which could be our City Of bring in a film-maker.” God for the small screen,” says Walak. “There’s an incredible appetite for strong UK and European shows in Turbo-charged push the US,” says Glasser. “People are disThe company’s TV push has been covering them more and more after turbo-charged by a new deal with shows like Broadchurch.” US lender Union Bank, which has A key part of the company’s smallmade $370m (£223m) available to screen strategy is to revisit the films the company for its film and TV operit has acquired for US distribution in ations. Almost half has been earTV format. marked for TV. Bob Weinstein’s in-house genre “We have set up a separate label Dimension has a number of amount of capital internally high-profile TV spin-offs in for our TV operations,” development, including a explains Glasser. “We’ve Scream series for MTV, a 10invested a lot in TV to part series based on Dimendate and we’re going to sion’s film version of Stephen invest more because we King’s The Mist and an see it as a big part of update of David Cronenour future.” berg’s 1981 sci-fi classic With that in mind, Scanners, currently with will TWC’s EuroHBO-Cinemax. pean team need Thanks to a recent to grow? deal with Bob and Har“I wouldn’t rule vey’s former company it out,” says Walak. Miramax, now owned by “We are growing. Colony Capital and Qatar There will be a point Holding, the company is when we need more also developing TV headcount.”
‘We’re finding that production companies have upped their game when it comes to scripted drama in the UK’ Robert Walak
Top down: The King’s Speech; Mob Wives; The Woman In Black; Peaky Blinders; Good Will Hunting; Scream. Left: Project Runway judge Heidi Klum
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MipTV Profile Starz
Starz turns on the star power US network Starz has teamed up with rapper 50 Cent on drama Power as it bids to compete with HBO and Showtime. He tells Peter White about the show’s similarities to his own life
S cable network Starz has been building up its original drama slate over the past few years as it seeks to compete with the likes of HBO and Showtime. Now it has enlisted superstar rapper 50 Cent, otherwise known as Curtis Jackson, as executive producer on its latest scripted production, Power. The 8 x 60-minute show tells the story of James St. Patrick, aka Ghost, a rich New York nightclub owner who wants to build a Fortune 500 empire, but is also living the life of a drug kingpin. The show follows the fortunes of his marriage, family and business as he attempts to turn over a new leaf. “I was driven to tell this story based on my own personal experiences,” Jackson tells Broadcast. “It’s showing the person at the point where they have made it to the top and the struggle between creating a new direction or staying with that type of lifestyle.” The series, which was written by The Good Wife’s Courtney Kemp Agboh, came together after Jackson teamed up with 300 producer Mark Canton and End Of Watch producer Randall Emmett, before being brought together with Agboh, who had just lost her father. “When my father died suddenly, I needed to write about it, and this was at the same time Mark and 50 were putting together a TV series about music and family that was modern and fresh,” says Agboh. “It’s one part about my father and one part about 50’s life and how he got to the boardroom.” The rapper adds: “It is a multifaceted romantic tragedy set in New York’s club scene. It can be viewed in many different ways and the characters all portray roles with which many people can associate.” Jackson, who rose to fame with albums including Get Rich Or Die Tryin’, has made his own fortune outside of music, investing in the likes of Vitamin Water ahead of its sale to Coca-Cola.
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Top: Omari Hardwick as Ghost; 50 Cent with Hardwick
“I always associate the word ‘power’ with influence and being able to drive and create what people feel is the coolest thing,” he says. Jackson was keen to take advantage of the trend of A-list stars moving into TV following roles in films such as The Frozen Ground and Escape Plan. “I love doing film and TV, but I think TV has evolved over time – the calibre of talent, acting and production is similar to the level in film,” he says. “When you have Academy Awardwinning actors in scripted series on TV, you see the networks spending the
money to have the artistic creativity you see in film.” Starz, which is run by former HBO chief executive Chris Albrecht, is launching the series in the US later this year and is hoping to close a raft of global sales at MipTV. “People in all countries can relate to the narrative and themes of Power,” says Jackson. Agboh adds that she’s excited about the group’s trip to Cannes. “50 Cent is an international star. Everybody loves hip hop and the whole world’s obsessed with the nature of power,” she says. “And I love Europe.”
‘It’s one part about my father and one part about 50’s life and how he got to the boardroom’ Courtney Kemp Agboh, writer
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MipTV PROFILE ZODIAK RIGHTS
Zodiak’s next big adventure Under new chief executive Steve Macallister, the distribution arm of Zodiak Media is focused on boosting its drama slate and building its digital business. Peter White reports
odiak Media is entering a new era following the departure of chief executive David Frank at the end of last year. The former RDF boss isn’t the only Frank to have left the super-indie in recent months; his brother, Matthew, chief exec of international distribution division Zodiak Rights, followed him in January. While new chief executive MarcAntoine d’Halluin has the task of leading 45 production companies across 15 territories, the new head of Zodiak Rights, former BBC Worldwide sales chief Steve Macallister, is responsible for selling its programming to broadcasters around the world. Macallister left the BBC’s commercial arm in April 2013 after five years, as part of a major geographical restructure. He was responsible for revenues of more than £300m in his final year. Before BBCW, he spent 15 years at The Walt Disney Company, latterly running the international sales business in Asia. Now Macallister faces a different challenge: his previous two employers were both heavily attached to broadcasters, whereas Zodiak is solely a production business. “Zodiak has a great track record and a fantastic catalogue in drama, kids and factual,” he says. “It’s less institutionalised than some other places and can move faster.” Having spent his first two months reviewing Zodiak’s international sales strategy, Macallister’s priority now is building the digital business. “My main area of focus will be to beef up the resource and people working on digital, so we can capitalise on the area. Like every distributor, we have a great relationship with the likes of Netflix, Hulu and Amazon, but there’s more business we can do,” he says, adding that he will reorganise the team that sells traditional TV content to digital platforms as well as multiplatform content from the likes of Zodiak Active. The group is also keen to expand its drama slate. It recently hired BBCW head of drama Caroline Torrance, who was responsible for putting together packages for shows such as Sherlock, 8 | Broadcast | 4 April 2014
Dropped: adventure format will be unveiled at MipTV
‘Money talks – but you also need to have a good relationship with the producers’ Steve Macallister, Zodiak Media
Da Vinci’s Demons and Top Of The Lake, to run its scripted division. She will work with Zodiak UK indies such as The Inbetweeners producer Bwark and Touchpaper, which produces BBC crime drama Murder, as well as French production firms Marathon and GTV, and The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo producer Yellow Bird. Zodiak’s next original scripted hit could come from its Scandinavian indie: it is producing a TV remake of Headhunters for HBO and Jo Nesbø’s Occupied, a political thriller that follows a Russian invasion of Norway, for TV2 Denmark and France’s Arte. The group is hoping that these inhouse shows can replicate the success of zombie drama The Returned (Les Revenants, below), a third-party acquisition produced by French indie Haut et Court that has been sold into 74 territories. Third-party rights account for some 60% of its catalogue of around 17,000 hours. Macallister says he will also ramp up Zodiak’s thirdparty drama acquisitions. “It’s an area we need to invest in,” he says. “My focus is on supplementing the drama catalogue.” Zodiak faces stiff competition
for rights from the likes of Shine International, Endemol Worldwide Distribution, All3Media International, ITV Studios and BBCW, which has £200m a year to spend on rights. “Money talks – but you also need to have a good relationship with the producers. It comes down to compatibility,” says Macallister. Meanwhile, the group is also keen to develop a global hit format with remake potential to rival The Voice or Got Talent. It will kick off this unscripted drive at MipTV, where it will unveil Dropped, an adventure format that drops two groups of celebrities into the wild and tasks them with finding their way back to civilisation. Produced for SVT by Mastiff Sweden, it is part I’m A Celebrity, part Survivor. “It’s rating well in Sweden and we’re starting to roll it out around the world,” says Macallister. Zodiak’s other entertainment hope is Big Class Reunion, Reunion produced by Mastiff Denmark, which reunites celebrities with old school pals with whom they must work to compete for a prize. “I’m trying to position our next phase of growth. We want to take it to the next stage,” Macallister adds. www.broadcastnow.co.uk
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the ones to watch at MiptV Political thrillers, comedy dramas, gameshows, documentaries, cooking formats and kids’ shows… Peter White takes his pick of the launches coming to Cannes this year
Partners In Crime Distributor All3Media International Producer Acorn Productions Country UK Length 6 x 60 minutes
The Honourable Woman: BBCW
The Honourable Woman Distributor BBC Worldwide Producer Drama Republic Country UK Length 6 x 60 minutes
The Honourable Woman is BBC Worldwide’s biggest bet for MipTV and one of the most high-profile British shows to launch in Cannes. The series is a 6 x 60-minute political thriller starring Donnie Darko and Secretary star Maggie Gyllenhaal as the daughter of a UK Zionist arms dealer who reinvents her father’s business as a high-tech company laying cables between Israel and the West Bank. The show is the first commission for fledgling indie Drama Republic, which was set up by former Tiger Aspect execs Roanna Benn and Greg Brenman. It was created by The Shadow Line’s Hugo Blick, who is producing through his Eight Rooks indie. 10 | Broadcast | 4 April 2014
“Hugo was keen to enter the Middle East,” says Brenman, who admits he’s a massive fan of Blick’s work and has been “stalking” him for five years. The Honourable Woman is produced for BBC2 and US cable channel Sundance Channel. “The BBC is a great stamp of quality around the world,” says Brenman. “Maggie also knew that it would air in the US, which attracted her.” The series was shot in the UK, the US and the Middle East and has taken advantage of the new UK high-end drama tax breaks. “The tax breaks made things possible that wouldn’t otherwise have been,” says Brenman. “I made three series of Robin Hood in Hungary that I wished I could have made in the UK.” BBC Worldwide is launching the show at MipTV with a screening in the Grand Auditorium on Monday 7 April that will be attended by Gyllenhaal, co-star
‘The combination of Maggie Gyllenhaal Hugo Blick makes The Honourable Woman a mustsee thriller’ Greg Brenman
Andrew Buchanan, Blick and Brenman. Just this week, it signed a pre-sale deal with HBO Nordic, and BBCW president of global markets Phil Dempsey says there has been a lot of interest from other broadcasters. “The combination of Maggie Gyllenhaal in the lead role and the creativity of Hugo Blick makes The Honourable Woman a must-see thriller.”
On the 125th anniversary of the birth of Agatha Christie, All3Media International has snagged the international rights to Partners In Crime, a new adaptation of the story of crime-fighting duo Tommy and Tuppence. In February, the BBC commissioned two new dramas from Acorn Productions, the indie that owns the rights to the author’s novels: And There Were None, co-produced with Mammoth Screen, and Partners In Crime, with Hilary Bevan Jones’ indie Endor Productions. Partners In Crime is a six-part series starring David Walliams (below) as Tommy. It is set in the 1950s and spans two books in the Tommy and Tuppence series: The Secret Adversary and N Or M?. “Christie said the books were the ones she most enjoyed writing, so we are looking forward to bringing them to a whole new generation of fans,” says Acorn creative director Basi Akpabio. Acorn Productions, the UK division of RLJ Entertainment, acquired Chorion’s 64% stake in the Agatha Christie estate in February 2012. The adaptations are part of its revamp of the brand at the BBC following the end of ITV’s Poirot. All3Media International will be hoping it can repeat the success of Poirot, which has been a huge seller for ITV Studios Global Entertainment.
MipTV Hot Picks Best of british Heaney’s other Mip titles include Arrow Media’s 6 x 60-minute doc series World’s Most Extreme, which was commissioned by Channel 4 and US network Travel Channel, and Holiday Love Rats Exposed, the C5 show that will be sold internationally as Sun, Sea And Love Cheats. “I’m taking care of British,” Heaney adds.
20,000 Days On Earth Distributor Hanway Films Producer Pulse Films Country UK Length 1 x 100 minutes
Stonehenge Empire: Cineflix Rights
Stonehenge Empire Distributor Cineflix Rights Producer October Films Country UK Length 2 x 60 minutes
A team of scientists are conducting the most far-reaching research at Stonehenge since the 1960s and October Films has secured access to make a two-part documentary for BBC2. A slew of international broadcasters, including the US’ Smithsonian Channel, Canadian public broadcaster CBC, France 5, Austria’s ORF and Germany’s ZDF, are also on board. Cineflix Rights is handling international sales. “Stonehenge Empire is about as high-quality and blue-chip as you can get,” says managing director Chris Bonney.
Age Gap Love: TCB Media Rights 12 | Broadcast | 4 April 2014
The big-budget film will combine archaeological evidence with drama reconstructions and CGI to show how the site looked at the time it was built. “It will provide revelations that will dramatically change the way we understand one of the world’s most mysterious and iconic monuments,” says Bonney. “So it will have strong appeal to broadcasters that acquire high-quality history or science-based programming, which hits the spot for an upmarket male audience.”
Age Gap Love Distributor TCB Media Rights Producers Nine Lives; GME Countries UK Length 1 x 60 minutes
TCB Media Rights, the inter national distribution company launched by former Cineflix Rights boss Paul Heaney, has doubled the number of hours it is selling from 200 to 400 in the past six months, largely with British content. The firm is launching 18 new titles at MipTV, 14 of which originate from the UK, one from the US, one from New Zealand and two from Australia. Its headline-grabbing UK product is Age Gap Love: She’s 78, He’s 39, produced by Cat Lewis’ Nine Lives in association with GroupM Entertainment. The show, which follows six couples keen to prove that coming from different generations is no barrier to romance, garnered more than 2 million viewers when it aired on Channel 5 in February.
20,000 Days On Earth shows a day in the life of acclaimed rock star Nick Cave. The film documents his artistic work – both in music and writing – and combines it with a staged, but not scripted, look at his 20,000th day. The film includes guest spots from the likes of Kylie Minogue and Ray Winstone. The doc, which was directed by Iain Fosyth and Jane Pollard, is produced by Pulse Films, the firm behind MTV’s Sleeping With The Family and theatrically released docs such as LCD Soundsystem’s Shut Up And Play The Hits. It is distributed by Hanway Films, the distribution arm of the Jeremy Thomas-founded film firm. The company’s TV charge – the launch of 20,000 Days On Earth at MipTV is a first for Hanway – is being led by Mark Lane, who became head of sales at speciality arm Hanway Select in December, replacing Fabien Westerhoff.
20,000 Days On Earth: Hanway Films www.broadcastnow.co.uk
MipTV Hot Picks Best of british Brighton-based distributor Electric Sky, which has acquired the global rights, is launching it at MipTV. Senior sales manager Ben Packwood says he expects it to be a big hit globally, particularly in a World Cup year. The factual entertainment format is produced by Renowned Films, a new UK indie set up by hip-hop management firm Renowned Group, which looks after artists including Wretch 32 and Wizzy Wow. “I’m thrilled we’re working with the Renowned Films team on this fantastically fresh and innovative series, which we’re confident will have international appeal. The F2’s football skills are truly remarkable and utterly spellbinding. I challenge anyone not to be mesmerised,” says Electric Sky head of acquisitions Stella Briley.
Restaurant Wars: All3Media International
Restaurant Wars Distributor All3Media International Producer Brassy TV Country UK Length 30 x 60 minutes
BBC2 has been ramping up the number of food-based formats it commissions following the breakout success of The Great British Bake Off. It now hopes that forthcoming three-part food contest Restaurant Wars, which stars Great British Menu winners Aiden Byrne and Simon Rogan, can achieve similar success. The show follows Rogan’s bid to transform the historic Midland Hotel in Manchester and Byrne’s £5m glitzy warehouse conversion, as they both look to achieve Michelin stars. Restaurant Wars is the first series to be produced by Brassy TV, a spin-off division of The Alan Titchmarsh Show indie Spun Gold. The factual entertainment show will now be taken to the international markets by All3 Media International as both a tape and a format. “Talent-led programming is still an important part of our DNA, but this is now complemented by a wide range of obdoc and formatted shows,” says Spun Gold managing director Nick Bullen. “Spun Gold’s range 14 | Broadcast | 4 April 2014
of content expands year on year, as does our international reach.” All3Media International head of acquisitions Maartje Horchner adds: “Spun Gold is one of the most ambitious and consistently creative indies in the UK and its content is always in demand. We are proud to present this new body of programming, which has widespread appeal across a range of markets.”
F2 Kicks Off Distributor Electric Sky Producer Renowned Films Country UK Length 16 x 30 minutes
London Live is one of the UK’s biggest free-to-air channel launches in years and has
Air Pressure: Passion Distribution
Air Pressure F2 Kicks Off: Electric Sky
been commissioning a great deal of original British content, some of which is sure to be of interest internationally. One of the channel’s launch series is F2 Kicks Off, a 16 x 30-minute series that follows freestyle footballers Billy Wingrove and Jeremy Lynch as they pull off tricks on London streets. The show will also feature guest appearances from Premier League footballers and pop stars.
Distributor Passion Distribution Producer Firecracker Films Country UK Length 4 x 60 minutes
For all the wrong reasons, airplane documentaries are likely to be some of the most sought-after content on the market. As such, Air Pressure, a four-part doc series following the highs and lows of young international pilots at Indonesian airline Susi Air, is likely to be a big seller. The doc is produced by Big Fat Gypsy Weddings indie Firecracker Films for Channel 4 and is being distributed inter nationally by Firecracker’s Tinopolis-backed sister company Passion Distribution. Pilots often start working at Susi Air because they are unable to clock up their hours at home to qualify as commercial plane captains. In Air Pressure, they take control of planes on some of the most dangerous routes in the world. The outer regions of Indonesia are home to some of the wildest and most untouched jungles and islands on the planet. In the past year, four young pilots have died and Susi Air has lost three planes. www.broadcastnow.co.uk
MipTV Hot Picks Best of BritisH
The 21st Question
Distributor DRG Producer Gong Country Ireland Length 20 x 30 minutes
Distributor NBC Universal International Television Producer Chocolate Media Country UK Length 10 x 60 minutes
Ireland is fast becoming a factory of formats as the likes of commercial network TV3 and public broadcaster RTÉ compete to find their own local commissions to sit alongside the multitude of British and US shows they air. Crossﬁre is one of TV3’s big bets under programming boss and former Channel 5 chief executive Jeff Ford. TV3 opened a brand new studio space in Dublin last year and has been keen to get local productions in to film there. Danish indie Gong, part of the Nice Entertainment Group now owned by DRG owner Modern Times Group, approached TV3 to pitch Crossﬁre. “It started with a brief that TV3 was interested in co-developing shows and had this nice new studio so it wanted to create something to put in it,” says Andrea Jackson, managing director of acquisitions and formats at DRG, which is distributing the format at MipTV. The show puts four contestants through three fast-paced general knowledge quiz rounds to win points that can then be used to force their opponents out of the game. The winner takes home a cash prize and gets the opportunity to return on the next show. The format was created by Henrik Biskjaer, head of acquisitons and development at Niceowned Gong. “We don’t have too many gameshows in Denmark because it’s been out of fashion for the past couple of years,” he says. The show airs in a primetime slot in Ireland, but Jackson believes it could also work at other times – and could even be extended to children’s spin-offs in the same way as The Apprentice and MasterChef. “This is good timing,” adds Jackson. “There is an appetite for gameshows as the other brands have been running for a while and they feel tired.” 16 | Broadcast | 4 April 2014
Win It Cook It Distributor Hat Trick International Producer Hat Trick Productions Country UK Length 30 x 30 minutes
Thanks to MasterChef and The Great British Bake Off, Britain is seen as the leading originator of cooking formats. Hat Trick International believes its Win It Cook It, fronted by Sunday Brunch star Simon Rimmer, could be the next big thing for food-loving international buyers. The 30 x 30-minute daytime show is produced by Plum Pictures, the indie behind James May’s Man Lab and Mary’s Silver Service, for Channel 4. In the show, contestants compete to win ingredients
Win It Cook It: Hat Trick International
before cooking them. “We take a quiz element and mix it with some highly inventive cooking to end up with something that is great fun, revealing and uplifting,” says Plum managing director Stuart Cabb. “Having made 30 episodes, we know this format is very robust.” MipTV will mark the first time that one of Plum’s shows has been offered as a format to international broadcasters. Hat Trick International director of sales Sarah Tong said it has high hopes for Win It Cook It. “It has all the hallmarks of a successful format as it works on so many levels. It is a hybrid of a quiz and a cookery show and it could work as a standalone in an access slot or stripped across the week,” she says.
Buyers have always cruised the Croisette with one eye on finding the next global gameshow hit, but this year the need feels even more acute. It’s been many years since the launch of hit formats such as Deal Or No Deal or Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? and NBC Universal is hoping that its new ITV gameshow The 21st Question, hosted by Gethin Jones (below), can fill this gap in the market. The format involves one ‘power player’ facing 10 challengers in a series of winner-stays-on quiz rounds. Only one player is left standing at the end, with the chance to win a cash prize if they can answer the 21st question. There is an introductory round prior to the main gameplay that determines which contestant begins the show ‘in control’ of the game, and in what order the challengers appear. “What we love about The 21st Question is that the format is original, brilliantly simple and hugely addictive,” says Yvonne Pilkington, senior vice-president of format sales and production at NBC Universal International Television Production. “The quiz feels pacy, the set looks amazing and the show can be adapted to suit each market.” The format is the first to emerge out of NBCU’s new central development unit in London, set up by former Fever Media chief executive David Mortimer, who is seeking an unscripted hit to rival Downton Abbey. NBCU is launching the Chocolate Media-produced format at MipTV and has organised a screening of an episode – the only chance for buyers to get a sneak peek before its TX – on Monday morning. “We are looking forward to talking to more buyers at Mip,” says Pilkington. www.broadcastnow.co.uk
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MipTV HOT PICKS Fremantle Media International
Dicte Distributor Fremantle Media International Producer Miso Film Country Denmark Length 10 x 45 minutes
Dicte is a Scandinavian crime drama with a difference, sharing as many similarities with Sex And The City as The Killing, according to exec producer and Miso Films co-founder Peter Bose. “We want to move away from the usual divorced, drunk crimefighters,” he adds. The show follows Dicte Svendsen, a journalist based in Aarhus, and her family, friends and police sources. She works for a local newspaper as a crime reporter and the show combines a case-of-theweek element with a wider arc around her relationships. It stars High Fidelity’s Iben Hjejle as Svendsen. “What we see is that a lot of people reflect on Dicte’s situation with work and kids and an ordinary life. She faces the same challenges in life that we all do,” Bose says. Dicte is based on lsebeth Egholm’s best-selling novels and the TV series was adapted by Dorte W Høgh and Ida Maria Rydén. The show was one of the bestperforming dramas in Denmark, where it rated just below the third series of Borgen. It has been picked up for a second series by TV2 Denmark as well as its inter national partners, including TV4 Sweden and TV2 Norway. The 10 x 45-minute drama has a budget of ¤9m (£7.5m) for its second run. The first series was distributed internationally by ZDF Enterprises, the international sales arm of the German public broadcaster. However, Fremantle Media acquired a majority stake in Scandinavian producer Miso last year and has taken over the distribution of the drama. Bose says the global potential was one of the reasons it struck a deal with the RTL-backed firm. “It has a very strong international sales department and has access to broadcasters around the world.” Bose now wants Fremantle Media to get involved in its projects at an earlier stage and is 18 | Broadcast | 4 April 2014
Dicte: Fremantle Media International
‘We hope we’ll get Dicte away in the UK. It’s a great quality stamp to have a UK sale in place’ Peter Bose, Miso Films
hoping the distributor will be able to close a deal in the UK, where Miso Film’s period drama 1864 has been snapped up by BBC4, while ITV aired Those Who Kill. “We hope that we’ll get Dicte away in the UK,” he says. “It’s impressive and a great quality stamp to have a UK sale in place. It opens other markets.” However, Bose is aware that the sale might be more difficult because it’s not an out-and-out crime drama. “One of the challenges is that it’s not pure crime and sometimes that can make the broadcasters afraid,” he says. Miso Film is already in development with a slew of series including Acquitted, a 10-part drama
Iben Hjejle: plays journalist Dicte Svendsen
for Norwegian network NRK that follows a successful businessman who goes home 20 years after he was accused and acquitted of murdering his high-school sweetheart. The indie has also optioned the rights to the Anne Holt’s Vik Stubø novels and is developing them for TV. “When we develop new shows, we want to produce new ideas and not just repeat what we’ve done before,” says Bose.
Miso is also looking to ramp up its international production business. US cable network A&E recently remade Those Who Kill, starring Chloë Sevigny, and although it performed poorly in the US, Bose believes it could sell more scripted formats to Englishlanguage broadcasters. “It takes some time to develop a show so if we can take it to other markets, that would be great,” he adds. www.broadcastnow.co.uk
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MipTV Hot Picks scripted
Distributor DCD Rights Producer Playmaker Media Country Australia Length 6 x 60 minutes
Distributor Content Television Producers Sphère Média Plus; Echo Media Country Canada Length 10 x 60 minutes
Australian drama is hot right now on the back of international hits such as The Slap and Secrets And Lies. The Code could be the next drama from Down Under that travels around the world. The 6 x 60-minute series tells the story of two brothers who unearth information that senior political figures wish to keep secret. It is set in the spectacular red desert of Australia’s Outback and the corridors of power in Canberra. The Code stars Xena: Warrior Princess’ Lucy Lawless, Top Of The Lake’s David Wenham and Terra Nova’s Ashley Zukerman. DCD Rights, which is known for selling Australian dramas such as The Slap and Rake, is distributing the series and will launch it at MipTV. “We have a strong track record in Australian drama and we can demonstrate how effective
The Code: DCD Rights
we’ve been at selling it abroad,” says chief executive Nicky Davies Williams. “This show can certainly work on network or high-end cable in
the US and has already had strong interest in France and Germany.” Don’t be surprised if the series also ends up on BBC4 in the near future.
Canada is known for its cop dramas: Flashpoint, Motive, Rookie Blue and Cracked all emerged from the US’ northern neighbour, and 19-2 is the latest to join that list. The show, set in Montréal, follows the lives of patrol officers Ben Chartier, played by Super natural’s Jared Keeso, and Nick Barron, played by Smallville’s Adrian Holmes. The pair are recently partnered in Montréal’s 19th precinct and must put aside their differences to patrol the streets. The 10 x 60-minute series was originally produced for Quebec-based French Canadian network Société Radio-Canada and is being remade by Sphère Média Plus and Echo Media for Bell Media-backed pay-TV broadcaster Bravo. The drama, which is directed by Rumours’ Louis Choquette,
The Seaside Hotel Distributor Nordic World Producer SF Productions Country Denmark Length 1 x 60 minutes
The popularity of Scandinavian drama shows no sign of letting up with new series such as Mammon coming hard on the heels of international hits such as The Killing and The Bridge. The Seaside Hotel could be the next big thing in Scandinavian drama. Set in a small seaside hotel on the North Sea coast of Denmark between 1928 and 1933, it follows the lives of wealthy regulars and local staff and is being described as the Danish Downton Abbey. The show launched with a 57% share in Denmark and was TV2’s most successful drama launch in 15 years. The Seaside Hotel is being represented in Cannes by Scandi distributor Nordic World, after it snagged TV2’s catalogue from rival Banijay International. Nordic World chief executive Espen Huseby says The Seaside Hotel is a “once-in-a-decade drama”. “TV2 is known for its fresh and original voice and its uncompromising creative standards, as demonstrated by The Seaside Hotel,” he adds. “To represent programming of this calibre is not only an honour and responsibility, but it also establishes us as the shop window for the best third-party content on the Nordic market.”
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The Seaside Hotel: Nordic World
Audiences are savvy about seeing famous people on reality series, but this is authentic Lily Neumeyer, Hot Picks, page 31
19-2: Content Television
will be distributed internationally by Content Television and Digital. President Greg Phillips says: “The launch of this English-language version on Bravo is already generating huge buzz, and we’re looking forward to expanding its success to the international stage.”
Darknet Distributor DCD Rights Producer Peacock Alley Media Country Canada Length 6 x 30 minutes
Horror on television has had its most successful run since the days of The Twilight Zone and Tales From The Crypt. US cable shows such as The Walking Dead and American Horror Story are hugely successful around the world. Canadian indie Copperheart Entertainment and ﬂedgling distributor Peacock Alley Media hope that Darknet can achieve similar success.
Darknet: DCD Rights www.broadcastnow.co.uk
The show, commissioned by Canadian broadcaster Super Channel, is a 6 x 30-minute anthology based on Japanese format Torihada from TV Asahi. The show was adapted by Splice director Vincenzo Natali and Ginger Snaps’ Steven Hoban. It features multiple horror stories entwined by nefarious activities in the deep, dark web. “The internet is like fishing: we all sit around on top, but there’s a deep, dark web underneath,” says Peacock Alley Media vice-president of distribution Craig McGillivray. “It’s almost like The Twilight Zone or Tales From The Crypt, although slightly less supernatural. The Darknet is the thing that ties it all together,” he adds. The show is close to being sold in the US, with plans to produce another 12 episodes, while McGillivray is hoping to strike deals with major European networks in Cannes.
Broad City: Viacom
Broad City Distributor Viacom International Media Networks Producers Jax Media; 3 Arts Entertainment; Paper Kite Productions Country US Length 10 x 30 minutes
Broad City is one of the biggest shows to break out from Comedy Central in years and MTV’s international programme sales arm is taking it to MipTV, with the help of stars Abbi Jacobson and Illana Glazer and executive producer Amy Poehler, of Parks And Recreation fame. The show is a female slacker comedy that follows the New York pair as they struggle, love and smoke in the Big Apple. It originally launched online before being turned into a TV series. “I like the fact that it’s a pure slacker comedy and has this scatological approach that you often see on male-fronted shows. It’s quite edgy,” says Caroline Beaton, senior vice-president of international sales at Viacom International Media Networks. Edgy is an understatement: the first episode opens with one of the pair Skypeing the other while having sex with co-star Hannibal Buress. “It’s one of the most ambitious scripted shows Comedy Central has done,” Beaton adds. While most MTV shows are funded internationally and therefore have windows on its channels globally, Comedy Central doesn’t have the same funding pipeline, which means the company is looking for free-to-air deals. “We’re so excited that we’re going to Cannes. Can you believe it? It’s so ridiculous. We’re taking Broad City international,” say Jacobson and Glazer. “We are freaking out about this opportunity. Seeing what Mip is all about via Google is already amazing, but in real life it’s going to be huge. We really hope to bring some more laughter to Europe and the world because it’s all we’ve got to give, and the world could use it.”
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MipTV HOT PICKS Talpa
Utopia Country Holland Producer Talpa Media Distributor Talpa International Length Format
Talpa, the Dutch firm run by John de Mol, creator of Big Brother and The Voice, is taking ambitious social experiment Utopia to MipTV for the first time. The format, which airs on De Mol-backed SBS6 in Holland, invites 15 people to live in a leaky old silo on a disused military base and attempt to create their own ideal community. The group is given €10,000, two cows and a brood of chickens, plus a single mobile phone with €25 credit. They are allowed take in a small crate of possessions, but must otherwise fend for themselves. Friend and family visits are forbidden, but interaction with the outside world, in particular busi-
ness deals, is allowed. Participants can use their cash to fix things such as the roof or taps, but they also need to spend it on food, as the winter start means they can’t grow anything for the first three months. Utopia launched strongly in the Netherlands at the start of the year and Talpa International, the company’s global distribution division, has already closed several deals – including with Fox in the US, where recently installed reality boss Simon Andreae made the format his first purchase. Turkish broadcaster TV8 is also remaking the show, while Nordisk Film TV will produce a version in Norway through an output deal. Germany’s RTL is also thought to be close to a deal. A number of UK broadcasters are understood to have enquired about the format, which will last for one year in Holland. “There’s only one factor that matters: is it a success or not?”
Utopia: Talpa International
De Mol told Broadcast earlier this year. “If it is, the broadcasters will come here like bees to honey. Especially when it is proven; when they can see the show and its ratings.” Talpa will be expecting to close more deals after launching the show in Cannes, where managing
director Maarten Meijs will be presenting the format as a case study in a panel session. De Mol told Broadcast that he was close to several international deals within its first two-and-ahalf weeks on air. “The Voice was quick, but this was even quicker,” he said.
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MipTV HOT PICKS Twentieth Century Fox
Tyrant Distributor Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution Producers Fox 21; Teakwood Lane; Keshet Country US Length 10 x 60 minutes
Tyrant is an edgy geo-political thriller set in the Middle East and created by Gideon Raff, the writer behind Prisoners Of War (Hatufim), the format that became Homeland in the US. However, rather than being an Israeli original, Tyrant has been developed with Howard Gordon, who exec produced Homeland and was responsible for Kiefer Sutherland-fronted 24. The series has been shepherded through the US cable system. Raff, who graduated from the American Film Institute and directed features including The Killing Floor and Thora Birch-fronted horror flick Train before creating Prisoners Of War, wrote the original script for Tyrant before approaching Gordon and Six Feet Under writer Craig Wright. “Once we went through that, we went out with a spec script and took it to HBO, Showtime and FX and we had a competitive situation,” Gordon tells Broadcast. FX, home to dramas such as Sons Of Anarchy and American Horror Story, won the fight for the show, which is produced in association with Fox 21 and Gordon’s indie, Teakwood Lane. Tyrant tells the story of an unassuming American family drawn into the workings of Baladi, a turbulent (and fictional) country in the Middle East. Bassam Al Fayeed, played by Hawthorne’s Adam Rayner, the youngest son of the war-torn country’s controversial dictator, visits his homeland 20 years after a self-imposed exile in the US. He has to confront his father and younger brother, while dealing with issues with his own family and those of his former best friend, a journalist who was tortured by his father’s regime. As a result of his father’s declining health, Bassam is forced to decided what role he will play within the regime and his family. www.broadcastnow.co.uk
Tyrant: Twentieth Century Fox
‘The dramatic axis in this story is about two brothers competing for their father’s love’ Howard Gordon
“This is the story of the world right now,” says Gordon. “Three quarters of the ink in the New York Times is about Syria and Egypt. It’s where history is happening right now and we wanted to dramatise the situations and conundrums.” Gordon admits that developing a US series about the Middle East was “tricky”. “My interest is figuring out what it means to be an American. The American proposition is extraordinary, but it is fraught with challenges,” he says. “It aspires to have depth, otherwise it could have been an Anne Hathaway movie.” A series from the creator of Prisoners Of War and the showrunner of Homeland was always going to be judged against the Showtime espionage thriller. “Creatively, this is very different to Homeland,” Gordon says. “The dramatic axis
24: Twentieth Century Fox
of Homeland is the relationship between Brody and Carrie, whereas this is a story about two brothers competing for their father’s love.” Twentieth Century Fox Tele vision Distribution is launching Tyrant at MipTV and the studio hopes it will replicate the success of the Damian Lewis and Claire Danes-fronted drama. Fox and Gordon are deeply entwined – the pair are also working together on a revamp of 24, which is returning with UK-set 24: Live Another Day in May.
Gordon says he is “smack bang in the middle” of production, largely based in London, and it has been a “terrific experience”. He believes that cutting the episode order from 24 to 12 for the series has improved its quality. “I’m less parochial about the difference between cable and network television. The networks have responded to the creative gauntlet that cable has thrown down,” says Gordon. “It’s about the size of the order rather than the quality.” 4 April 2014 | Broadcast | 23
MipTV HOT PICKS Sky vision
Working The Engels Distributor Sky Vision Producer Halfire-Core Entertainment Countries US; Canada Length 12 x 30 minutes
Working The Engels is a family comedy centred on a young lawyer who leaves her high-powered law firm to run her father’s small practice after he dies. The 12 x 30-minute series marks the first time that a US network (NBC) has co-produced a halfhour comedy with a Canadian broadcaster (Shaw Media). It is also the first time that Sky Vision, the international distribution arm of the pay-TV broadcaster, will head to Cannes with a non-Sky show fronting its line-up. The show is produced by Halfire-Core Entertainment, the joint venture between former Entertainment One exec Noreen Halpern and Core Media, which owns American Idol producer 19 Entertainment. Sky Vision head of acquisitions, scripted, entertainment and North America, Alex Fraser says it is talking to Core Media about a number of projects. It’s rare that a comedy that debuts on a US network is not automatically sold by the sales arm of the network or studio. “It’s one of those opportunities that you have to seize with both hands,” says Fraser. The show, which launched in Canada this month and airs in the US in July, was written by Katie Ford, who has penned TV series such as Family Ties and movies including Miss Congeniality, alongside Jane Ford (Material World). It stars My Big Fat Greek Wedding’s Andrea Martin. “It’s a single-camera comedy that is fast-paced and is not that far off Modern Family. It feels lively and energetic,” says Fraser. The series is part of NBC’s drive to produce lower-budget series, but Fraser doesn’t believe this will encumber the show internationally. “For us, it’s a big deal. There’s no reason it shouldn’t sell [like other US studio comedies],” he says. “It does speak to the fact that we’re not just selling Sky’s product.” www.broadcastnow.co.uk
Working The Engels: Sky Vision
‘The series that lead our MipTV slate represent our core strategy: to build a fantastic primetime catalogue of quality and scale’ Jane Millichip, Sky Vision
Sky has several more non-Sky products to launch at Mip, such as History UK docu-drama Bannockburn, US reality series Hollywood Hillbillies and Star Trek doc Wackydoodle. Bannockburn is a 1 x 90-minute graphic novel-style film about the battle of Bannockburn, produced by Sky Vision’s production division and Canada’s Arcadia Content. It tells the story of Robert the Bruce’s victory over King Edward II’s army in 1314. Hollywood Hillbillies, a 60-minute ob-doc following a pair of internet stars from Georgia who move to Los Angeles, makes up one of the 50 hours Sky Vision has secured from US producer Asylum
Hollywood Hillbillies: Sky Vision
Entertainment. Other shows include Treasure King, which follows treasure collector Richie Marcello, and LA property rental reality series Mansion Matchmaker. All three air on US network Reelz. Wackydoodle is a 60-minute documentary produced by 455 Films for Epix, the US channel part-owned by Viacom, MGM and Lionsgate. The doc will look at the early days of Star Trek: The Next
Generation and how it refreshed the franchise and led to JJ Abrams’ successful feature film. “The scripted and factual entertainment series that lead our MipTV slate very much represent our core strategy: to build a fantastic primetime catalogue of quality and scale, sourced from Sky and third-party producers and broadcasters,” says Sky Vision managing director Jane Millichip. 4 April 2014 | Broadcast | 25
MipTV HOT PICKS Israel
Boom Distributor Keshet International Producer Keshet Country Israel Length Format
Talent contest Rising Star was undoubtedly the format that had international broadcasters clamouring at Mipcom in October. Keshet hopes that its latest format – gameshow Boom – can generate similar interest from global networks at MipTV. The show, which launches in Israel in April, combines trivia quiz questions with physical challenges. A team of four must defuse eight replica bombs by answering questions correctly within a time limit. If they answer incorrectly or cut the wrong wire, they lose a player and some of the prize money. Keshet International chief executive Alon Shtruzman says the show is designed to look like an action movie mixed with a video game. “If you look at gameshows over the past 10 years, they all look the same. We felt it was time to come up with one that looks
Boom: Keshet International
different,” he says. “Every quiz show feels like a ticking bomb, with people competing against the clock. Why don’t we take that more literally and do a gameshow with a bomb?” Shtruzman is particularly keen to sell the show into the UK, where
Game Of Chefs Distributor ITVS Global Entertainment Producers Reshet; ITV Studios Country Israel Length 20 x 60 minutes
Eighteen months ago, ITV struck a deal with Israeli broadcaster Reshet to develop, source and produce formats in Israel that can be exported to the UK and US. The two firms set up The Lab, a joint development division, to house these new formats. “Israel is a hot creative market and
Keshet has found success with its non-scripted formats such as The Vault and Girlfriends for ITV. Rising Star is also set to appear next year. “The UK has always been a great market for us,” he adds. Given that Keshet has already found success in the talent
we wanted to work in the territory, and Reshet wanted to work outside of Israel,” says Mike Beale, director of international formats at ITV Studios. Cooking format Game Of Chefs is the latest idea to emerge from the international entity. The show is a primetime contest in which three well-known chefs compete to find the best amateur chef. In the audition stage, the chefs blind taste dishes made by hundreds of amateurs to find those good enough for boot camp, where they try to impress the chefs in a series of challenges. The chefs then take
format space, as well as the drama world, with Homeland original Prisoners Of War (Hatufim), Shtruzman is keen to move into other genres. “We’re trying to avoid classifying what we do,” he says. “We try to avoid briefs.”
the contestants under their wing and mentor them through more gastronomic battles until just three are left to battle it out in the final. “It’s presented and constructed like a talent show rather than a cooking show. I liken it to The X Factor. It’s bringing cooking into primetime,” says Beale. The show, which has been recommissioned for a second series, had several working titles before the producers picked Game Of Chefs. “It’s a play on the success of Game Of Thrones. It’s not quite as brutal, but it’s still produced in love and war,” says Beale.
Game Of Chefs: ITVS Global Entertainment
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A WEEK OF INSPIRATION FOR A YEAR OF INNOVATION
MILLIONS WILL BE SPENT THIS YEAR - WHERE WILL YOU BE? The International TV Forum will look at the changing nature of the business, the challenges that distributors face to snap up the best content, and how these companies can be best placed to play a key role in the television community.
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Nadine Nohr CEO Shine International
Ruth Clarke Director of acquisitions and co-productions ITV Studios Global Entertainment
Katie Keenan Head of acquisitions Channel 5
Ian Lamarra Creative director Alaska TV
Gary Woolf SVP digital and business development All3Media
Paul Heaney Managing director TCB Rights
James Baker Managing director Red Arrow UK
Alon Shtruzman CEO Keshet International
SESSION TOPICS INCLUDE 9:30 INTRODUCTION 9:45 PANEL DEBATE: THE DISTRIBUTORS What are the challenges faced by distributors in an ever consolidating TV business?
14:00 PANEL DEBATE: THE BUYERS What are the UK buyers looking for? This panel will look at the strategy behind how Broadcasters buy foreign content as the appetite for international content in the UK continues to grow.
14:45 THE NEW CONTENDERS Who are the new players that are moving into this business of international distribution? We look at the new entrants and what they can bring to the table.
11:20 PANEL DEBATE: THE PRODUCERS A panel session of UK indies discuss their needs when it comes to international distribution. 12:00 THE INTERNATIONAL ENTRANTS An increasing number of international companies are competing aggressively with UK distributors for the best global content. We look at some of the most competitive companies in this space from Germany to Israel and Scandinavia. 12:45 LUNCH & NETWORKING
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MipTV Hot Picks KIDS
Hank Zipzer Distributor DHX Media Producers DHX Media; Kindle Entertainment; Walker Books Countries UK; Canada Length 13 x 30 minutes
Bing Bunny: Acamar Films
Bing Bunny Distributor Acamar Films Producers Acamar Films; Brown Bag Films; Tandem Films Countries UK; Ireland Length 78 x 7 minutes
Kids’ industry veteran Mikael Shields set up his own feature film company Acamar Films with Philip Bergkvist in 2001, with the aim of bringing “cinematic feature film quality” to TV. It’s a mantra he has applied to new pre-school property Bing Bunny. Beautifully and pain stakingly developed from a book series by author and illustrator Ted Dewan, the project has been in the works for several years and will air on BBC pre-school channel CBeebies later this year. “We’d all fallen in love with it and wanted to make it perfect,” says Shields. “For that reason, we have hand-picked partners who are brilliant at what they do in different parts of the process.” Among the host of top talent on board are multi-award-winning composer Julian Nott (Wallace & Gromit, Peppa Pig, Flat World), Oscar-nominated Irish studio Brown Bag Films (The Octonauts) and Oscar-winning London studio Tandem Films (Peter And The Wolf). The series will bring the Bing Bunny books’ unique philosophy 28 | Broadcast | 4 April 2014
and storytelling to television audiences, with each seven-minute episode written as a ‘microdrama’ that explores what life is like for a pre-school child: from taking a bath to making a smoothie. The series stars Bing and his learned, ageless carer and best friend Flop, along with an ensemble cast of Bing’s close friends and grown-ups. The series is written “like a grown-up drama”, says Shields, with a 12-strong writers’ room, many of whom have been lead writers on adult live-action UK series such as The Bill. With a host of global broad casters set to be announced soon, Shields has every confidence that Bing Bunny will be an international hit. The property is due a major licensing and marketing push, with HarperCollins picking up publishing rights, The Licensing Company on board to handle merchandising and a “groundbreaking transmedia campaign” in the works. “The stories are about those tiny moments of life as a child that transfer into any culture,” Shield adds. “It’s the same if you’re in China, France or the UK.” Former Nickelodeon UK managing director Howard Litton, who is on board as an executive producer, says it’s the best thing he has seen since Peppa Pig.
‘Stories about those tiny moments of life as a child transfer into any culture’ Mikael Shields, Acamar Films
Lucy Murphy, who has held key roles at King Rollo, EVA Entertainment and Novel Entertainment, is also exec producing. Bing Bunny is directed by Brown Bag Films’ Nicky Phelan and series story direction is by Tandem’s Jeroen Jaspaert.
Henry ‘The Fonz’ Winkler leads a star-studded cast in this singlecamera comedy. It is based on his own experiences as a boy with dyslexia and the book series Hank Zipzer: The World’s Greatest Underachiever, published by Walker Books, which he co-wrote with Lin Oliver. Winkler also stars as music teacher Mr Rock. DHX Media senior vice-president of distribution Josh Scherba describes it as a family show filled with warmth and humour: “What Hank might lack in academic achievement, he certainly makes up for in personality,” he says. The cast includes Felicity Montagu (I’m Alan Partridge, Nighty Night, Bridget Jones’s Diary); Juliet Cowan (The Revolting World Of Stanley Brown, The Bill, Shameless); Neil Fitzmaurice (Peep Show, Mount Pleasant, Waterloo Road); Vincenzo Nicoli (Black Books, The Knot, EastEnders) and Nick Mohammed (Sorry I’ve Got No Head, Reggie Perrin, Drifters). The series made its debut on CBBC in the UK in January, with Screen Yorkshire contributing to some of the finance. German channel Ki.Ka is understood to be among the first inter-
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national buyers for the series, which will get its first big inter national push at MipTV. “We naturally expected it to be popular with public broadcasters, although we have also been surprised by the interest from the pay-TV and pan-regional networks,” says Scherba.
Billy Green Builds! Distributors Little Airplane; SeaWorld Kids Producers Little Airplane; SeaWorld Kids Country US Length 52 x 11 minutes
Little Airplane Productions (Small Potatoes, Wonder Pets! 3rd & Bird), the renowned preschool producer headed by former Sesame Street scribe Josh Selig, will be hitting the Croisette with conservation-themed animated series Billy Green Builds!, a project it has co-created with SeaWorld Kids following the theme park operator’s expansion into media and entertainment. It follows the adventures of seven-year-old Billy Green and his animal sidekick Moxy, who travel the globe in a solar-panelled vehicle to build environmentally friendly solutions that help animals in trouble. Using all natural materials and harnessing clean energy, Billy helps animals in distress in situations ranging from an African elephant calf caught in a mudslide to an octopus who needs help cleaning his underwater garden. “I was very impressed with SeaWorld Kids’ commitment to the educational aspects of the show,” says Selig. “It takes teaching the next generation about the natural world very seriously and all of the storylines reflect SeaWorld Kids’ commitment to conservation, exploration and saving wildlife.” SeaWorld operates 11 US theme parks, and in 2011 the company began expanding its brand into media and entertainment platforms. Selig says the creative team has collaborated closely on “all aspects of development”. Little Airplane and SeaWorld will distribute Billy Green Builds! themselves and present to broadcasters www.broadcastnow.co.uk
Billy Green Builds!: Little Airplane; SeaWorld Kids
for the first time at MipTV. “It’s a beautiful show to watch and I believe it’s the only pre-school series that has made respect for the natural world the absolute central focus of an entire brand,” Selig says.
Star Wars Rebels Distributor Disney Media Distribution Producer Lucasfilm Country US Length 22 x 30 minutes; 1 x 60 minutes
Following its $4bn (£2.4bn) acquisition of Lucasfilm in 2012, and earlier purchase of Marvel, Disney is now the proud owner of some of the greatest boy-skewing entertainment franchises of all time. Lucasfilm’s Star Wars Rebels is the latest action-packed series to come out of the stable. It will TX in autumn 2014 as a one-hour special on Disney Channel, followed by a series on Disney XD around the world. The series will target not only 6 to 14 year-old boys, but undoubtedly their parents as well. Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy says: “I think Star Wars Rebels will capture the look, feel and fun that kids and their parents love about Star Wars.” X-Men and Mr And Mrs Smith scribe Simon Kinberg has written and exec produced the series,
which is set between the events of Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge Of The Sith and Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope. He is joined by executive producer Dave Filoni, who served as supervising director on the Emmy-nominated Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and executive producer Greg Weisman, the comic book veteran behind Young Justice, The Spectacular SpiderMan and Gargoyles. In Star Wars Rebels, fans will see the rise of the rebellion through the eyes of Ezra, a 14-year-old con artist who learns to fight for a greater good. Freddie Prinze Jr (I Know What You Did
‘Star Wars Rebels wll capture the look, feel and fun that kids and parents love about Star Wars’ Kathleen Kennedy, Lucasfilm
Last Summer, Scooby Doo) will provide the voiceover for Kanan, a less traditional Force-wielder and cowboy Jedi. Disney is keeping its cards close to its chest on further details at this stage. Lego and Hasbro are on board for licensing and merchandise.
Star War Rebels: Disney Media Distribution
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MipTV Hot Picks KIDS
Early Bird Distributor TBC Producer Jam Media Country Ireland Length 52 x 7 minutes
Dublin’s Jam Media (Badly Drawn Roy, Funky Fables, PICME, Tilly & Friends) is keen to hear from potential co-pro partners, distributors, broadcasters and publishers for its latest preschool development Early Bird, which it first presented to inter national buyers at Cartoon Forum in September. Deploying a mixture of puppetry and animation, the project features female protagonist Pi and her two reluctant friends Pedro the Hedgehog and Dave the Worm, who set off on a variety of high-jinx adventures in and around Wild Woods. Pi’s charming yet persuasive attitude propels each episode forward as she finds fun ways to explore her world,
‘We are not slaves to pipelines. We develop the show first, putting story at the front’ Chris Dicker, Jam Media
while celebrating the importance of seeing and trying new things. Comedy, friendship and adventure are prominent themes, while Pi’s “heart and original outlook on life” set her apart from most other pre-school protagonists, according to Jam. The producer has been lovingly developing its passion project for some time. “We pride ourselves on not being slaves to pipelines. We develop a show first, putting story at the front, then find a look to work with the piece,” says head of development Chris Dicker. “Finding a new look or production technique can take as long as the original concept.” It took a while for Jam to find its unique look for Early Bird. It was not until the annual visit to the Galway Film Festival, where they stumbled on a short film by Connor Finnegan called Fear Of Flying, that they realised they had found it. 30 | Broadcast | 4 April 2014
Early Bird: looking for a distributor
“We all looked at each other and said: ‘Early Bird’,” Dicker says. “At a time when so much content for children is made using primarily digital techniques, Early Bird’s blend of analogue and digital creativity, combined with clever production methods, will lead to something visually arresting, tactile and magical.” Dicker says the natural look and feel of the characters and world potentially lend themselves to a strong licensing and merchandising campaign. Jam is also taking to Cannes Pigsticks And Harold, a humorous pre-school action series based on the books by Alex Milway.
On pondering the results, Gilbey realised that, like pre-schoolers, dinosaurs were once new to the world and on a journey of discovery and investigation, and from here the property was born. This CGI animated series, commissioned by CBeebies in the UK and Treehouse TV in Canada, follows three curious dinosaur pals – Gwen, Bob and Tony – on a mission to discover something new about the world.
Dinopaws will also air across BBC Worldwide’s channels in Poland, the Nordic region, Africa, Australia, Asia and the Latin American/US Hispanic market. BBC Worldwide director of children’s Henrietta Hurford-Jones says: “Dinosaurs have enduring appeal with children of all ages globally and, in this highly original take on dinos, their world is bigger, brighter and bolder than anything seen before.”
Dinopaws Distributor BBC Worldwide Producers Kindle Entertainment; Guro Studio; Laughing Gravy Country Canada; UK Length 50 x 11 minutes; 1 x 22 minute Christmas special
When Dinopaws’ creator, screenwriter, show developer and script consultant Alan Gilbey asked children why they liked dinosaurs so much, they said it was because dinosaurs were big and had lots of teeth and it was fun to pretend to be one. They also said they loved to swap information, facts and figures about them.
Dinopaws: BBC Worldwide www.broadcastnow.co.uk
MipTV Hot Picks Factual
Distributor A+E Networks Producer 44 Blue Productions Country US Length 27 x 60 minutes
The Wahlburgers is a reality series that follows Hollywood stars Mark and Donnie Wahlberg as they launch a burger joint in Boston with their brother Paul. The series will go behind the scenes of the new business venture and show how the family cope with the high expectations of a celebrity-backed restaurant. “Mark Wahlberg has always been very interested in producing shows – he was the exec producer of Entourage – and he has this restaurant so we came up with the idea of doing a show about it with his brothers,” says Lily Neumeyer, vice-president of non-fiction and
Distributor Endemol Producers Endemol Israel; Reshet Country Israel Length Format
The Wahlburgers: A+E Networks
alternative programming at A&E, which commissioned the series. However, Neumeyer says it’s not just another celeb-fronted reality show. “Audiences are savvy about seeing famous people on reality series, but this is authentic. Family
has been very successful for us, such as the Robertsons from Duck Dynasty. This feels like it follows the same pattern,” she adds. It is being sold internationally by A+E Networks and will launch on Lifetime in the UK this year.
Inside Nature’s Marvels Distributor Earth Touch Producer Leonardo Films Country Germany Length 5 x 50 minutes
Inside Nature’s Marvels takes a look at some of the most extraordinary places on earth – from the Iguazu Falls in South America to the Underground River in the Philippines. The five-part documentary is produced by German indie Leonardo Films for Arte and will be distributed globally by South Africa’s Earth Touch.
Inside Nature’s Marvels: Earth Touch
Head of programming and sales Chris Fletcher says: “It showcases some of the most spectacular wildlife and locations across the globe, unearthing the fascinating stories, traditions and culture that enrich these areas and make them invaluable, and threatened, treasures of the modern world.”
Online Dating Rituals Of The Modern Male
Family Confidential Distributor TVF International Producer Southern Pictures Country Australia Length 6 x 60 minutes
Distributor Electus Producer Magical Elves Country US Length 6 x 60 minutes
Online Dating Rituals Of The Modern Male is a six-part documentary series that looks at how men approach finding a new partner in the digital era. Each week, the show follows two men as they hunt for a longterm relationship, or just a fling. It is produced by Magical Elves, the indie recently acquired by UK group Tinopolis, for US cable channel Bravo, and is distributed www.broadcastnow.co.uk
Fundastic is the first format to emerge from the deal Endemol struck with Israeli broadcaster Reshet last year. The show is a live multiplatform crowd-funding format that features entrepreneurs pitching for investment from a panel of judges and an audience voting via a dedicated app. “Crowd-funding is booming and the viewers can now make people’s dreams happen,” says Endemol Israel managing director Elad Kuperman. The interactive elements echo the technology used on Keshet’s Rising Star. “Israel is very strong in start-up technology and we are always looking for innovative ideas that we can bring to market first,” says Kuperman.
Online Dating: Magical Elves
internationally by Ben Silverman’s Electus, which is selling the finished tape and format rights. “It’s a nature documentary about men and how they approach dating. I feel it’s the dating show of our time because it takes a look at what people are actually doing in terms of online dating,” says senior vice-president of international media and formats Eli Shibley.
Family Confidential is a long-running doc series for Australia’s ABC, but the public broadcaster has decided it needs a refresh so has tapped into a new breed of Australian celebrity to give it more of an international focus. The show tells the stories of families of stars such as Victoria’s Secret model Miranda Kerr (pictured) and The Wolverine star Hugh Jackman. TVF International hopes the Hollywood connection will appeal to global channels.
Family Confidential: TVF
“It’s the international profile of the stars in the latest series that makes it so appealing to TVF and our wide network of buyers,” says TVF head of programming Alice Hamlett. The show is the latest Australian series offered by TVF, which is also representing rock doc The Cambodian Space Project and fact ent format Holy Switch. 4 April 2014 | Broadcast | 31
MipTV Listings ALFRED HABER
The Annual Grammy® Awards
2015 21St Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®
MIP Booth: Palais 1, P-1.L50 MIP telephone number: +33 (0)4 92 99 83 00
Running time 1 x 120 minutes Genre Awards special Description One of the awards season’s premiere events in which actors vote solely for actors in honoring the finest film and television performances of the year.
The Beatles: The Night That Changed America – A Grammy® Salute
Alfred Haber Distribution, Inc. 111 Grand Avenue, Suite 203 Palisades Park, New Jersey 07650 Tel: +1 (201) 224-8000 Fax: +1 (201) 947-4500 email@example.com www.alfredhaber.com
Executives attending Alfred Haber, President Andrew Haber, Vice President, International Sales Christopher Brouder, Vice President, International Sales Steven Weiser, Vice President, Domestic & International Sales Patricia Villagran, International Sales Exec Jennifer Askin, International Sales Consultant
PROGRAMME LISTINGS 2015 57th Annual Grammy® Awards
Running time 1 x 210 minutes Genre Music special Description Music’s Biggest Night® will deliver exhilarating performances and exceptional ratings when the world’s brightest megastars light up the stage on television’s most prestigious music event.
Beyond Distribution MIP Booth: R7.B16
Running time 1 x 150 minutes Genre Music special Description The international hit that celebrates the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ groundbreaking U.S. debut performance on The Ed Sullivan Show. Features many musical superstars as well as a memorable reunion of Sir Paul McCartney & Ringo Starr performing classic Beatles songs.
Top Twenty Funniest
Running time 38 x 60 minutes Genre Reality Description Comedic commentary charts the best viral videos, home movies, surveillance clips, event footage and news bloopers, as we count down to the world’s most hilarious video.
Hillbilly Preppers - Atlanta
Running time 6 x 30 minutes Category Factual reality Description Barry and his boys are here to train you, arm you and build you anything you can dream up to protect yourself, even if it is against invading aliens.
Running Time 13 x 30 minutes Category Science & Technology Description From the inventors through to the factory floor workers, Manufactured tells the story of iconic products – from the Stetson hat, Toto Drake II toilet to Jack Daniel’s whiskey.
Beyond Distribution 41/42 Berners Street, London W1T 3NB, Tel: +44 (0) 20 7323 3444 Fax: + 44 (0) 20 7580 6479
3 Chefs, 1 City
Running Time 13 x 30 minutes Category Factual Description 3 Chefs, 1 City explores the world’s greatest foodie destinations with the guidance of three culinary leaders in each city, including Heinz Beck, Wolfgang Puck and Alvin Leung
Executives attending Mikael Borglund, CEO & Managing Director Michael Murphy, General Manager Munia Kanna-Konsek, Head of Sales Yvonne Body, Head of Acquisitions Danika Porter, Head of Marketing Sherry Fynbo, Senior Vice President Sales Joanne Azzopardi, Vice President Sales Marzenna Czubowicz, Vice President Sales Zoe Wilson, Sales Executive
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Running Time 8 x 60 minutes Category Factual reality Description This is the most dangerous part-time profession on the planet. From the ground it looks glamorous, but every year pilots push too hard and pay the ultimate price.
Running Time 10 x 30 minutes Category People & Society Description Asia Rising provides a prescient and passionate perspective on the power and scope of Asia in the decades ahead, and how the shift to the East will impact the worlds.
MipTV Listings Cineflix Rights
The Copacabana Palace
MIP Booth: R7. L27
Cineflix Rights 1st Floor, 1 Lorenzo Street, London, WC1X 9DJ, UK Tel: +44 (0)20 3179 5050 Fax: +44 (0)20 3179 5051
Executives attending Chris Bonney, CEO Rights, Cineflix Media Kate Llewellyn-Jones, Senior VP, Sales Management Sandra Piha, Senior VP, Programme Sales Lucinda Gergley-Garner, Senior VP Sales and Acquisitions, North America Sabrina Ayala, VP and General Manager, Italy, Iberia, and Latin America
PROGRAMME LISTINGS Impostors
Running time 6 x 60 minutes Genre Crime & Investigation Description Impostors explores the dirtiest path to success; deceit. This series uncovers the shocking tales of some of the world’s best con artists who manipulated, schemed, and tricked others to catapult themselves into a world of influence, prestige, and luxury.
Rambam Gets His Man
Running time 6 x 60 minutes Genre Crime & Investigation Description Steve Rambam is the world’s foremost expert in cases of hardcore disappearance and the go-to private investigator for cases that nobody else can solve. Now Rambam and his team are allowing cameras into their world as they relive some of their greatest cases.
Entertainment One Television
Running time 1 x 60 minutes Genre Documentary Description As Brazil prepares to host the 2014 world cup, we follow the staff and guests of the country’s most famous, historic and exclusive hotel. Through the doors of the Copacabana Palace we will see the richest country in Latin America and one of the newest powerhouse economies of the world.
Running time 2 x 60 minutes Genre History Description Stonehenge Empire rediscovers and redefines a lost civilisation with exclusive access to the biggest archaeological survey ever undertaken of Stonehenge’s sacred landscape. Combining new archaeological evidence, dramatic reconstructions, and state-of-the art CGI, this documentary creates a complete picture of the how the landmark would have looked in its prime. Stonehenge Empire
Halt & Catch Fire (AMC)
Running Time 10 x 60 minutes Category Drama Series Description A dynamic illustration of the American dream in the 1980s with three underdogs who overthrow corporate empires during the personal computer boom.
MIP Booth: C15. A5
The Red Road (Sundance TV)
Running Time 6 x 60 minutes Category Drama Series Description A hard-hitting drama from Sundance Channel that revolves around a cop struggling to keep his family together while policing two clashing communities.
Entertainment One Television 145 King St. East, Third Floor Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5C 2Y7 Tel: 011 + 1 + (416) 309-4200
Matador (El Rey Network)
Executives attending Darren Throop, President & CEO, Entertainment One John Morayniss, CEO, Entertainment One Television Peter Emerson, President, Entertainment One Television International Prentiss Fraser, SVP, Worldwide Sales & Acquisitions, Entertainment One Television International Valerie Cabrera, EVP, Entertainment One Television International
PROGRAMME LISTINGS TURN (AMC)
Running Time 10 x 60 minutes Category Drama Series Description In this epic drama, a farmer and a group of his friends become unlikely spies and turn the tide in America’s fight for independence.
Running Time 13 x 60 minutes Category Action Series Description In a game of life and death, DEA agent Tony Bravo is recruited to investigate a mysterious mogul who owns one of the greatest soccer teams.
Close Up Kings (Discovery UK, OLN)
Running Time 8 x 60 minutes Category Street Magic Series Description Three of the best sleight-ofhand artists pull off carefully orchestrated and artfully executed Ocean’s Eleven style magic tricks in major cities across the US.
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MipTV Listings Passion Distribution
Strangest Weather On Earth Season 2
MIP Booth: P4.C18
Passion Distribution Ltd Elsinore House 77 Fulham Palace Road London W6 8JA Tel: +44 (0)207 981 9801
Executives attending Sally Miles, CEO Nick Rees, Managing Director Emma Simpkins, Director of Sales Hana Palmer, Head of Sales – Formats & Scripted Nick Tanner, Senior Sales Manager
PROGRAMME LISTINGS Selling Houses Season 2
Running time 20 x 60 minutes Genre Property Description Back for another season, three homeowners desperate to sell get the chance to snoop around each other’s houses before going head-to-head in competition for one buyer. A Reef Television production for More 4 and Channel 4
Teen Killers: Life Without Parole Running time 1 x 60 minutes Genre Documentary Description A fascinating documentary about juveniles who are serving life in prison without parole and tells the stories of these individuals and the families of the victims of juvenile murder. A Snag Films release for BBC Three
The Dose With Dr. Billy
MIP Booth: R7.C40 Riviera 7
PROGRAMME LISTINGS The Dose With Dr. Billy
TVF International 375 City Road, London, EC1V 1NB Tel: +44 (0) 20 7837 3000
Executives attending Alice Hamlett, Head of Programming and Acquisitions Harriet Armston-Clarke, Sales Manager Will Stapley, Senior Sales Executive Anna Budashevskaya, Senior Sales Executive Julian Chou-Lambert, Senior Programming and Sales Executive
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Running Time 8 x 30 minutes Category Lifestyle Description Join Physician Dr. Billy Goldberg as he takes an irreverent look at our most common health complaints. From sleep to sugar, memory to exercise, caffeine intake and more, Dr. Billy demystifies health topics and provides real solutions anyone can understand. Commissioner: HLN
Hidden Histories: WW1’s Forgotten Photographs
Running time 1 x 60 minutes Category History Description In the centenary year, this is the extraordinary untold story of soldiers’ photography in the First World War. Their photos – many never seen before in public – provide a new and surprising perspective, as well as a deeply moving document of their lives. Commissioner: BBC
Running time 8 x 60 minutes Genre Documentary Description In the second season of this fascinating series we explore the weirdest weather on earth; including raining spiders and popcorn snow. Pioneer Productions for The Weather Channel
Hotel Of Mum and Dad Season 2
Running time 6 x 60 minutes Genre Factual Entertainment Description Returning for another season, young couples are given the chance to move out of their parent’s home and road test living on their own for a week. Each couple must then decide whether to stay put or move back in with Mum and Dad. A Mentorn Media production for BBC Three
Craziest Christmas Lights
Running time 1 x 60 minutes Genre Documentary Description Visit some amazing spectacles and follow some of the most festive and competitive homeowners as they transform their houses into arctic wonderlands for Christmas. A Reef Television and GroupM Entertainment production for Channel 5
Running Time 6 x 60 minutes Category Travel Description How have human beings adapted to living in the world’s most extraordinary environments? From Mayan forest tribes to Italian cave dwellers, Grand Earth brings us across the world to explore cultures living in harmony with the natural marvels found in their own backyards. Commissioner: Mediacorp
Narnia’s Lost Poet: The Secret Lives and Loves of C.S. Lewis
Running time: 1 x 60 minutes Category: Arts Description C.S. Lewis’ biographer goes in search of the man behind Narnia. A moving and insightful portrait of a man who experienced fame but whose personal life was marked by the loss of the three women he loved the most. Commissioner: BBC
Running Time 7 x 60 minutes Category Entertainment Description Follow five young adults as they leave their comfortable lifestyles behind to travel across Asia on the Reality Trip of a lifetime! Sparks fly between the group as they work in plantations and sweatshops and live alongside the local workers. Commissioner: TV3
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