Chris Coelen’s unscripted production company Kinetic Content, backed by Red Arrow Entertainment, has promoted Karrie Wolfe and Katie Griffin, formerly SVP and VP Development, respectively, to co-head the company’s newly created Development and Programming department. In their new roles, Wolfe and Griffin will supervise a staff, including newly promoted Manager of Development Kayleigh Lamb, as well as Kinetic’s in-house casting team. Wolfe and Griffin have shepherded such Kinetic series as Emmy-nominated The Taste (ABC), Little Women: LA (Lifetime), which was just renewed for a second season, Married At First Sight (fyi), and Betty White’s Off Their Rockers (Lifetime).
Chris Coelen’s Kinetic Content has picked up the U.S. rights to the hit Australian reality format My Kitchen Rules. The deal was made at MIP-TV, which is wrapping in Cannes. MKR is now in its third season on Australia’s Seven network, consistently averaging over 40% audience share, with MKR episodes ranking as 11 of the country’s top 20 highest-rated TV broadcasts in 2012, outperforming local versions of The X Factor and Dancing With The Stars. Billed as the ultimate home cooking battle, MKR features teams trying to out-dine and out-wine each other. Each team takes turns to transform an ordinary home into an instant restaurant for one pressure-cooker night, serving up a three-course menu designed to impress not only their fellow contestants but a panel of judges. “Very rarely does a new format so quickly rocket to and sustain such massive success, and My Kitchen Rules has taken Australia by storm,” Coelen said. “It is a universal format that we believe will be embraced in the U.S.” Kinetic’s NBC series Betty White’s Off Their Rockers premieres tonight. Here is a clip from the original MKR:
Jan. 25, 2012. Chris Coelen’s Kinetic Content is teaming with Karen Grau’s Calamari Productions for a first-look, co-production arrangement whereby the two production entities will collaborate on several projects, and the first will be “Parole,” a high profile non-fiction series which will allow unprecedented access into the juvenile parole process and its impact on young people, their families and society.
Carol Burnett will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award at the International Cinematographers Guild’ 49th annual Publicists Awards Luncheon, which will be held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 24, 2012. Previous recipients of the award include George Burns, Lew Wasserman, Warren Beatty, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Clint Eastwood, Julie Andrews, Harrison Ford, Robert Zemeckis and last year’s honoree Sylvester Stallone.
The Paley Center’s 29th annual PaleyFest: The William S. Paley Television Festival, will take place from March 2-14 at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills. FX’s new drama American Horror Story will serve as the gala opening, Modern Family will close out the festival, with Mad Men also on tap for a session.
Chris Coelen’s Kinetic Content, producer of the upcoming game/reality shows You Deserve It on ABC and Betty White’s Off Their Rockers, has promoted Emma Conway to Executive Producer in charge of Development. Additionally, Zach Green (American Chopper, Survivor) is joining the company as Executive Producer.
ITV2 has given a four-episode order to Perez Hilton Super Fan, an unscripted series featuring the celebrity blogger getting close and personal with a different superstar each week — including Lady Gaga, Kelly Rowland, Katy Perry and Enrique Iglesias. The series, which will premiere on ITV2 in December, hails from Chris Coelen’s Kinetic Content in collaboration with Scotland-based STV Prods., GroupM Entertainment and The Collective. Kinetic will be shopping the series to U.S. networks in the next few weeks. Internationally, it will be distributed by DRG.
ABC will launch a new game show with altruistic elements, You Deserve It, on November 21 from 9-10 PM behind the performance season finale of Dancing With The Stars. Envisioned as a component of ABC’s holiday lineup, the six-episode series hosted by The Bachelor’s Chris Harrison and co-hosted by Brooke Burns features contestants who aren’t out to win money for themselves but are playing for someone else — someone they feel deserves it. The beneficiary, who is in another location under constant hidden-camera surveillance throughout the show, gets the surprise of a lifetime when family, friends, Burns and a camera crew burst in with life-changing news. You Deserve It, created by Deal Or No Deal creator Dick de Rijk and produced by Chris Coelen’s Kinetic Content, will continue in the Monday 9 PM slot, with holiday specials taking over the 8 PM hour. Also today, Lifetime announced that it will premiere the 25th season of America’s Most Wanted on Friday, December 2 at 9 PM.
ABC has picked up game show You Deserve It, hosted by The Bachelor‘s Chris Harrison, to series with an eight-episode order. Casting is underway, with production slated to begin in October. Based on a format by Deal or No Deal creator Dick de Rijk, You Deserve It is a game show where a person plays trivia in order to win money for a loved one. ProSiebenSat.1´s Red Arrow Entertainment Group owns the rights to the format through its relationship with de Rijk. Kinetic Content, Red Arrow’s U.S. production company headed by Chris Coelen, sold the format to ABC in January and will produce the series. Harrison was attached as host in March. De Rijk, Coelen, and Kinetic’s Matilda Zoltowski executive produce the project, packaged by Paradigm. There has been speculation that You Deserve It may premiere behind the fall season finale of Dancing with the Stars but, per ABC, no premiere date for the show has been set yet. The Bachelor host Harrison is taking on a lot of extracurricular activities for ABC these days. The network announced yesterday that he will return as host of the Miss America pageant in January.
EXCLUSIVE: With 160 million YouTube views under their belt, style-focused Tennessee sisters Elle Fowler, 22, and Blair Fowler, 17 are setting sights on reality TV. After fielding multiple offers, the Fowler sisters have signed with Chris Coelen’s Kinetic Content to develop multi-platform programming around their brand with a focus on a reality series. The Fowler sisters took their hobby of sharing makeup and style tips with other young girls online, quickly building a fan base of millions of young women around the world and developing an Oprah Winfrey-type influence among their constituency, with brands and products
ProSiebenSat.1´s Red Arrow Entertainment Group has acquired a majority stake in the U.S.production company Kinetic Content launched in March by former RDF Media USA CEO Chris Coelen. The 51% interest, valued in the eight-figure range, gives Red Arrow presence in the U.S., something the company didn’t have.
Kinetic’s primary focus is unscripted television, and its product will be sold worldwide by Red Arrow´s program distribution arm, SevenOne International. Like Kinetic, Red Arrow also was launched this year, in January. Its talent roster includes format heavyweight Dick de Rijk, creator of Deal or No Deal. Prior to its deal with ProSiebenSat.1, Europe’s second largest broadcast group, Kinetic set up exclusive programming ventures with UK broadcasters Channel 4 and STV, the new company of Survivor creator Charlie Parsons as well as the Dutch company Absolutely Independent.
Channel 4 has struck a development deal with Kinetic Content, the new US production company set up by former RDF USA boss Chris Coelen. Under the deal, 4Rights, Channel 4’s rights exploitation division, will have first-look at UK rights to Kinetic shows which get picked up by US cable networks.
In effect, Channel 4 is seed funding US cable shows which it can then broadcast over here. At the moment, it’s talking about developing two or three shows each year. That’s comparable to the $300,000 per hour it pays roughly for US acquisitions. Channel 4’s investment will increase if a show does get picked up. The broadcaster has always enjoyed big ratings with US imports such as ER and Friends. This way round is a kind of reverse engineering – developing shows which C4 thinks will work in Britain.
Kinetic is developing 13-part cable dramas as well as shorter-run event series. Coelen will start meeting writers and agents over the coming month.
As CEO of RDF USA, Coelen oversaw the company’s move into scripted programming, obtaining series orders for dramas including the US version of BBC Three’s Being Human with cable network Syfy, and the Channel 4/Showtime co-production Meadowlands (Cape Wrath).
Dominic Schreiber, rights development manager at 4Rights, tells me: “Channel 4 buys a lot of US shows from the studios. This is a different way of looking at the US. It’s getting involved with writers and show-runners at the development stage. And …