Reality Check is a Deadline feature series covering the players, programs and trends in reality television.
Israel has grown to become one of the world’s go-to spots for formats, and the trend is likely here to stay with execs believing it soon will resemble the UK and Scandinavia. Arguably jump-starting the trend was scripted drama Be Tipul, which HBO adapted as In Treatment in 2008. But the one that opened the floodgates was Hatufim, the original version of what Showtime fashioned into the Emmy-winning drama series Homeland. And in the past year, a nonscripted show has brought the territory to a whole new level. Rising Star, the interactive singing competition created by Tedy Productions and Hatufim‘s Keshet International, turned attention full-bore to the Middle Eastern nation and has helped give rise to a slew of new programming that is wending its way around the globe. Pretty impressive for a country that has only two commercial broadcasters — a situation that is leading some locals to produce for international first. But there’s also a universality to the stories and concepts that Israel is bringing to market. Producer Tal Shaked of A Cappella echoes a sentiment you hear a lot when talking with local execs. “We’re a small country in the Middle East with a lot going on around us,” she says. “We have Jews and Russians and Arabs and Ethiopians. … We have religious and nonreligious people. There’s never a dull moment. The country lives under threat – we are surrounded by enemies. And that makes people be very creative.” Here is a look at some of the key reality producer/creatives in the market today. Read More »
‘The Extra Mile’ Headed To Spain For First Adaptation Outside Israel
Reality format The Extra Mile is getting its first international adaptation. Created by Ami Glam, CEO of Israel’s Studio Glam, the show challenges divorced couples to work together for prize money for their kid. It will be produced by Endemol Spain for Mediaset Telecinco Channel. The Spanish take will be made in the Canary Islands and is expected to be air in the summer. Spain was one of the 12 territories that bought the right to produce The Extra Mile as a part of a multi-territory deal with Endemol. When the show launched in Israel, it broke records for Channel 10. It is still airing and has an average 24.8% share. The Spanish adaptation will be called Ex, ¿Qué harías por tus hijos? Read More »
‘The Extra Mile’ Debuts Big In Israel
The Extra Mile, the new reality format from Israel’s Studio Glam, debuted locally on Tuesday as the most-watched show on Channel 10 in the past two years. The show, which challenges divorced couples to work together in hope of winning a trust fund for their children, had an average rating of 26.6 with a 37.7% share, the latter a 167% increase on the slot average. It was the highest launch in Channel 10 history and the No. 1 show of the day. At Mip-TV earlier this month, Endemol acquired rights to produce the format in the UK, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Turkey and Scandinavia.
European Film Promotion Taps 24 Partners For Producers On The Move
The European Film Promotion, the international network of organizations that promotes and markets European cinema worldwide, has selected 24 emerging producers to take part in its Producers On The Move initiative at the Cannes Film Festival next month. From May 17-19, the program will include working sessions, one-to-one speed-dating meetings and various opportunities to exchange knowledge and follow-up discussions on future projects. EFP launched the scheme in 2000. Last year’s Producers On The Move resulted in 17 co-productions going into development. A full list of up-and-comers who’ll be in Cannes is available here. Read More »
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.
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Ami Glam, the former Keshet Channel 2 Head of Entertainment and Reality, is in town here at Mip with his new format, The Extra Mile. The 24-episode series, which debuts on Israel’s Channel 10 in early May, brings together 10 acrimoniously divorced couples who must work together when faced with challenges in order to win a big cash prize. But there’s a twist: they’re not in it for themselves, the money is to be put aside in a trust fund for their kids. Glam calls the show “very intense,” but adds that the couples will learn new things about themselves through the process. “With divorce, you only see the negative side, we’re looking for the positive and great moments.” Glam and his wife Ilan Glam’s Studio Glam produces the series which faced its own challenge during shooting. Filming on an island in the Philippines, the production had to be evacuated for a week when Typhoon Yolanda hit late last year. Nevertheless, Glam is bullish on the outcome with several options already in hand. Here’s the original trailer, with subtitles: