FremantleMedia Buys Global Format Rights To ‘Fittest Family’
FremantleMedia has secured the global format rights to Animo TV/Kite Entertainment’s Fittest Family. Currently airing on Irish pubcaster RTÉ One as Ireland’s Fittest Family, the six-part series features 12 uber-fit and sports-mad families compete for the title of the nation’s fittest family and a big cash prize. Each episode sees features four sporting legends assigned to coach the families and push them to their fitness max. The families compete against one another as they get put through a set of extreme challenges with only the fittest surviving. FremantleMedia will launch Fittest Family at MIPTV in April.
Endemol Buys International Rights To ‘Parts Unknown’, ‘Inside Man’
Endemol said Monday that it has acquired TV distribution rights outside the U.S. to CNN’s factual series Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown and Morgan Spurlock: Inside Man. Parts Unknown follows host chef, author and TV host Bourdain as he travels to uncover little-known areas of the world and celebrate diverse cultures by exploring food and dining rituals. Inside Man, hosted by Oscar-winning documentarian Spurlock, provides an intimate look into diverse sectors of American life and offers a deep-dive into pressing issues facing the U.S. including migrant farm workers, the elder care industry, union workers, gun owners, education, bankruptcy and the drought.
Paul Greengrass To Deliver BAFTA’s David Lean Lecture
BAFTA said Wednesday that Paul Greengrass will deliver its David Lean Lecture. The director of Captain Phillips, United 93 and two Bourne films will give the talk March 18 at BAFTA headquarters in London. The David Lean Lecture aims to educate, inform and inspire practitioners and the public by providing insight into the experiences of some of the world’s best and most compelling filmmakers. It also provides a forum for further discussion of their outstanding creative achievements. Previous speakers include Robert Altman, John Boorman, Oliver Stone, David Lynch and Pedro Almodóvar.
Red Arrow Entertainment Buying 100% Of Sultan Sushi
Red Arrow Entertainment will acquire 100% of the shares in Sultan Sushi, the group’s Belgium- and Holland-based production company. In March 2010, Red Arrow acquired 51% interest in the production company in Belgium. Three months later, the Red Arrow Entertainment Group expanded Sultan Sushi to the Netherlands. As part of the revised structure, Sultan Sushi has appointed Steven Allcock and Jan Keersmaekers as Co-Managing Directors. Allcock, who will join the company April 1, most recently was Manager of Business Affairs and Head of Broadcasting at Studio 100 NV in Belgium. Keersmaekers has been COO since joining Sultan Sushi in 2003. Founder and former CEO Johan Tuyaerts will leave the company February 28.
Prince William Set To Attend British Academy Film Awards
BAFTA said Wednesday that The Duke of Cambridge, Prince William, will attend the EE British Academy Film Awards on February. The prince, who also is BAFTA president, Attend British Academy walk the red carpet at London’s Royal Opera House, watch the awards ceremony and present Dame Helen Mirren with BAFTA’s highest accolade, the Academy Fellowship. Stephen Fry returns as host for this year’s ceremony.