UK-based distributor DRG has placed five formats with various Chinese producers, broadcasters and on-demand services.
The deals are for Renegade Pictures wedding format Don’t Tell the Bride, Belgian game shows Sooner or Later and The Generation Game, E4’s UK format The Work Experience and a Chinese-produced real-life scenario series, Symptom.
Don’t Tell the Bride, which is moving from BBC Three to BBC One in the UK, is being developed by Chinese distributor ICPN for broadcast on Shenzhen TV this year.
Sooner or Later, in which celebrities embark on comedic journeys under the guidance of a series host, has gone to Shanghai-based prodcos Idea Asia Media, which is also working up a local show for Shenzhen.
Idea Media is also working up The Generation Game for Shenzhen. The show initially aired on VRT in Belgium, and has a three-season commitment in China.
The Work Experience, meanwhile, has been commissioned as a 13x40mins series for VOD platform Tencent, with ICPN developing it. The agreement marks the first international deal for the format, which blends prank and mockumentary elements as it follows two fashion PR companies staffed by actors.
Finally, 3C Media has acquired Symptom and will create a series for China Travel Channel. The shows sees teams of medical students take on the challenge of diagnosing a patient by analysing their symptoms.