International television production Warner Bros. unveiled the program for its annual meeting Overview of WBITVP Formatswhich will take place on March 3 at BAFTA headquartered in London, offering in-person and live interviews with creatives, broadcasters and talent. Titles include TVNZ’s “60 Seconds” where performers have just 60 seconds to grab the attention of judges and viewers during the countdown; TBS’s “The Big D,” a social experimentation reality series that follows recently divorced people as they seek romance in paradise, but with the catch that their exes will be with them for the trip; and BBC Two’s ‘Top Takeout’, where some of the UK’s best takeaway restaurants battle it out for supremacy in a competition judged by families at home.
Also launching a pair of NPO3 Netherlands formats – ‘Hot Shots’, a mainstream TV format aimed at young people where some of the Netherlands’ most successful social media stars take a close look at the real story behind the latest hypes ‘Must Haves’ and ‘True Prices’, hosted by DJ and journalist Eva Cleven, which reveals the true cost of cheap disposables popular on the high street, offering alternatives for a fairer and more sustainable world.
WBITVP will also feature international updates on third-party international productions, including the BBC game show “The Wheel” from Hungry Bear, UK, now produced in five territories outside the UK, and the singing competition show “Wall Duet” from Workpoint TV, Thailand, after a launch on RTL in the Netherlands.
Meanwhile, in front of BBC Studios Showcase (February 28-March 2), BBC Studios Distribution has licensed the Love Productions format “Bake Off Japan” as a streamer Amazon Prime Video in Japan. Presented by well-known local actors Maki Sakai and Asuka Kudo, the competition follows ten home bakers through a series of challenges that will assess their technique and ability to produce cakes, breads, cookies and pastries in order to be crowned Japan’s top home baker. Competitors will be judged on the quality of their baking by Toshihiko Yoroizuka, one of Japan’s top pastry chefs and owner of Toshi Yoroizuka Patisserie, and Yoshimi Ishikawa, an entrepreneur who trained in baking in France and runs several bakeries.
The show is produced by Pictures of Vesuvius and Beach House Pictures and is the first announced project between the two companies following Beach House’s acquisition of Vesuvius in 2021.
Licensed in more than 35 countries, including Australia, where it premiered last month as the No. 1 non-sports show on Foxtel, excluding news, in the ratings, the Japanese adaptation of “The Great Bake Off” will see bakers tasked with baking breads and sweets from around the world, including puffed cheesecakes, Swiss rolls, melon rolls and the art of focaccia bread.
The eight-part Japanese adaptation will air from April 22, 2022 (four episodes) to April 29 (four episodes).
British broadcaster Channel 4 teamed up with We are a parabola to create Momentum, a mentorship and training program for 60 Black TV, filmmakers and content creators in the UK cities of Leeds, Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol, Glasgow and London, as part of Channel 4’s drive to create new opportunities for blacks to advance in film and television. Filmmakers will be paired with a mentor and offered one-on-one sessions over a six-month period and will have access to masterclasses and discussions with executives from Channel 4 and Film4, Apple, Altitude, Park Circus, STX and more. ‘others. Channel 4 and We Are Parable first worked together on The Black to Front 2021 project, where all of the channel’s programming was led by black talent and contributors from all genres and adverts for one day.
During this time, the Fabienne Colas Foundationwith the support of C$3 million ($2.3 million) from the Government of Canada’s Ecosystem Fund, launched the Festwave Institutedesigned to support underserved Black entrepreneurs in the Canadian film and television industry through business training and skills building to enable them to seize new opportunities in the film and television industry.
Based in UK and Hong Kong international lightning has been appointed to manage the international deployment of UK News as a global distributor. GB News is a 24 hour British news channel with hosts and commentators including Eamonn Holmes, Nigel Farage, Michelle Dewberry, Neil Oliver and Alistair Stewart. Lightning International specializes in linear TV distribution and works with many channels in various territories around the world, including Trace TV, Fix & Foxi, ABC Australia, Liverpool’s LFC TV, Rialto, Pulse, Pet Club TV and Channels Now 70s, 80s and 90s classic pop music collection.
Sony Pictures International Productions acquired the film rights from Indian superhero IP television “Shaktimaan” to reimagine it as superhero trilogy cinemas, starring and directed by as-yet-unknown talent. On TV, the wildly popular show featuring co-creator Mukesh Khannaaired 520 episodes on Indian government broadcaster Doordarshan from 1993 to 2005. Sony partnered with Prashant Singh and Madhurya Vinay’s Brewing Thoughts Private Limited in association with Khanna’s Bheeshm International for adaptation.
netflix India has unveiled the first trailer for ‘The Fame Game’, the streaming debut of Bollywood’s top star Madhuri Dixit Nene. The actor plays Anamika Anand, a Bollywood superstar who has gone missing and the investigation reveals the messy truth behind her seemingly perfect life and family. The cast also includes Sanjay Kapoor, Manav Kaul, Suhasini Mulay, Muskkaan Jaferi, Lakshvir Saran and Rajshri Deshpande. The series is produced by Karan Johar‘s Dharmatic Entertainment, written and presented by Sri Rao and directed by Bejoy Nambiar and Karishma Kohli.
“The Fame Game” airs from February 25.
Watch the trailer here: