In this week’s podcast, Deadline International Editor Nancy Tartaglione and host David Bloom do the Cannes can, previewing this week’s announcements in Paris of the lineup for the Cannes Film Festival, including likely entries from usual suspects such as Atom Egoyan and DreamWorks Animation and less likely prospects for slow-to-arrive new projects from Terrence Malick and Paul Thomas Anderson. Nancy and David also wrap up news out of last week’s Mip-TV market in Cannes, led by Keshet’s fast-selling reality formats and two hot programs out of Turkey. They finish up with their weekly peek at news and trends in the international box office, dominated abroad and in the United States by the debut of Rio 2 and the continued strength of fellow sequel Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Meanwhile, Noah continues to sail along with another strong week.
Global Showbiz Briefs: Endemol Buys Rights To Relationship Format ‘The Extra Mile’; U.K.’s Watch Picks Up ‘Crisis’
Endemol Buys Rights To Relationship Format ‘The Extra Mile’
Endemol has picked up multiple-territory rights at Mip-TV to the Israeli format The Extra Mile from Studio Glam. The show sees divorced couples that can barely speak to each other brought together in an exotic location. There they must learn to co-habit and put their deeply rooted issues aside, working together to take on extreme challenges for the one thing they still agree on – the love of their kids. The prize for the winning couple is a trust fund for their children, which can only be enjoyed when they turn 18. Studio Glam has sold the rights to produce the format in key European territories including UK, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Turkey and across Scandinavia. A 24-episode primetime series, filmed on location in the Philippines, will broadcast twice a week on Israel Channel 10. Watch a promo for the show here.
In this week’s podcast, Deadline International Editor Nancy Tartaglione speaks from the Mip-TV conference in Cannes with host David Bloom. With lots of news coming out the show’s first couple of days, highlights include the panel Nancy moderated Monday featuring Amy Poehler and the team behind Comedy Central’s Broad City. Nancy and David also discuss some of the increasingly out-there reality formats built on surreal social experiments, a big content deal for Sony in Scandinavia and yet another hot format for sale from Israel’s Keshet. Nancy and David also look at filmmaking in Rwanda 20 years after the genocide that killed 800,000 people, and nominees for this year’s BAFTA TV Awards. Finally, they wrap up the week’s international box office.
Want to know who really was behind that Oscar selfie that tellingly was snapped on a Samsung phone? And the one last week that featured President Obama and baseball star David Ortiz? Maurice Levy, Chairman and CEO of France’s ad/PR giant Publicis Groupe, spilled the beans during his keynote interview today at Mip-TV in Cannes (watch a clip below). And he backed it up with some serious numbers. “The earned media — all the buzz which has been done around the Oscar [selfie] — represents roughly a value between $800 million to $1 billion because it has been all over the world,” Levy said. The theme of his sit-down with journalist and media commentator Kate Bulkley was “The Future of Content Is Digital.” Here’s the clip:
Just days after it was taken out on the global marketplace, the Israeli game show format Boom! has landed a sale in the U.S. Fox has given a series order to the explosive project, developed for the U.S. by Keshet DCP, the joint venture between Keshet International, the global distribution and production arm of Keshet Media Group (Homeland), and DC Media, the parent company of dick clark prods. (Golden Globes)
Global Showbiz Briefs: Keshet International Bringing ‘Elevator Pitch’ To Mip-TV; VMI Worldwide Picks Up ‘Hellion’; More
Keshet Set To Shop ‘Elevator Pitch’ At Mip-TV
At next week’s Mip-TV, Keshet International is launching interactive format Elevator Pitch. CEO Alon Shtruzman calls the high-concept entrepreneur-focused show “the new Rising Star.” That singing competition series was the hot property at last year’s Mipcom and went on to sell to more than 25 territories including the U.S. and UK. Elevator Pitch sees entrepreneurs step inside a high-tech elevator and pitch their concepts to the viewing audience in a limited amount of time. As with Rising Star, viewers will be able to vote yay or nay via a specially designed app. A minimum percentage of positive votes will advance the would-be innovators up to the penthouse, where five business tycoons await. If they don’t achieve the necessary percentage, they are sent back to the ground floor and out the door. The live show asks the audience, “Would you buy the product/idea being pitched?” which Keshet says provides an instant form of market research. Those who ascend to the penthouse will enter a studio where they are the subject of a bidding war with the business people who have voted “in.” Keshet again has teamed with Tedy Productions, with which it is also partnered on Rising Star, to produce the primetime show. Elevator Pitch will launch later this year on Keshet Broadcasting.
Endemol is expanding its scripted programming business with the acquisition of Wales-based drama production house Artists Studio. The company makes such series as Gillian Anderson-starrer The Fall for BBC Two, the channel’s most successful drama ever with more than 4M viewers per episode during the first season run. Under the deal, Endemol will distribute Artists Studio product including the 2nd season of The Fall which goes into production this year; as well as other projects in development for UK and U.S. broadcasters. Previous Artists Studio credits include Combat Hospital for ABC and Thorne for Sky UK. Gub Neal (Prime Suspect, Queer As Folk) co-founded Artists Studio in 2009 with former Box TV colleagues Justin Thomson-Glover and Patrick Irwin. Artists Studio will come under the Endemol UK banner. The acquisition also includes Far Moor Media, an executive producer packaging service for international drama producers whose credits include the currently filming Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell for BBC One and BBC America. Endemol has grown its scripted business by 75% in the last five years, and this deal is part of the increasing trend towards consolidation in the indie production sector. Over the past 18 months, there has been a raft of acquisitions by the likes of ITV, Red Arrow and the U.S. studios including Warner Bros and Sony.
EXCLUSIVE: In a further foray into scripted programming, FremantleMedia is teaming with the UK’s Corona Pictures for a drama/adventure series project based on best-selling author Wilbur Smith’s Birds Of Prey. Layer Cake scribe JJ Connolly has been set to pen the adaptation of the first three novels in Smith’s Courtney Family Adventures series that begins with Birds Of Prey and includes Monsoon and Blue Horizon. All told, Smith’s 34 books have sold over 120 million copies worldwide. The swashbuckling Courtney novels are set against a backdrop of the uncharted Africa of the 17th century, which offers the promise of the adventure of a lifetime and tantalizing riches. The stories chronicle the lives of the eponymous family as they battle to secure the clan’s fortunes in a place where sea-faring empires, privateers, wild animals and settled African tribes and nations fight it out for control of the land and its treasures. The planned TV series will kick off in 1667 as the family lands in Africa, led by 17-year-old protagonist Hal.
Corona Pictures co-founders Rupert Jermyn and Richard Johns (Shadow Of The Vampire, The Liability) are producing the series which is being co-developed by FremantleMedia. The partners are eyeing an initial 13-episode season and have begun discussions with UK, U.S. and European broadcasters. They will present the project further at Mip-TV next month. Jermyn …
In this week’s podcast, Deadline International Editor Nancy Tartaglione and host David Bloom preview this year’s Mip-TV market and the interactive Israeli format that may just dominate this year’s show; take a look at some of the very familiar nominees for the Olivier Awards, honoring the best of British stage; and ponder the promised closure of BBC Three amid the possible resurgence of The X Factor in the United Kingdom as Simon Cowell and Cheryl Cole return to shore up the sagging franchise.