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MIPTV: Pop Monkey gets Fat Pets, sells Boss to Global Agency

LA- and London-based Pop Monkey Productions has acquired rights to a fat pets formats, while closing deals with Global Agency, Nordic World and FrenchTV.

Check Thomas1Pop Monkey has acquired rights to ETV Productions format Fat Pets, Fat Owners, which originally went out on Sky Real Lives in the UK in 2009.

“I’ve always loved this show,” said Pop Monkey co-founder and VP, development Chuck Thomas (left). “With pet obesity on the rise and the current appetite for pet programming, there has never been a better time to bring back this format.”

Meanwhile, Pop Monkey has sold Channel 5 gameshow format In the Dark to Norway-based distributor Nordic World, dating show Date My Boss to Turkey’s Global Agency, and LA dating show Kicked to the Kerb to Paris-based producer FrenchTV.

“Pop Monkey is passionate about developing and acquiring entertainment formats with international appeal,” said Thomas. “We’re excited to be bringing these formats to MIPTV with some great partners

Former All-American Television president Syd Vinnedge launched Pop Monkey with FremantleMedia development execs Thomas, Hugh Wright and Simone Thorogood.

All-American TV was acquired by FremantleMedia predecessor Pearson Television in the late 1990s to become its US arm. Pearson later merged with RTL to create the FremantleMedia business.