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Formats round-up: Sony, Endemol and Armoza score sales

Electric Ray’s Alone At Home has sold into Germany and the Netherlands ahead of its UK premiere next week.

RTL Netherlands has ordered a 6 x 60-minute adaptation of the Sony Pictures Television-distributed format, with production set to start in December.

Meanwhile RTL Germany has also ordered the program, which will be produced by Sony Pictures Television Germany.

Alone At Home (4 x 60 minutes) is to premiere on Channel 4 on November 9 in an 8pm slot.

It was originally commissioned by former C4 fact ent commissioner Lucy Leveugle, who recently joined Netflix, and fact ent head Kelly Webb-Lamb.

The format, which was selected as a TBI Hot Pick for MIPCOM, puts parenting to the test when kids are given the chance to spend four days alone at home with no supervision or rules.

Sarah Edwards, creative director of Sony Pictures Television, said: “Alone at Home resonated with the international market straight away because parenting is a global subject. Electric Ray has hit on something that is very current and we could see buyers wondering ‘what would my kids do?’. We are really excited about how children around the world cope with this challenge.”

Banijay Asia options The Four

Banijay Asia – a JV between Banijay Group and former Endemol exec Deepak Dhar – has optioned Armoza Formats’ The Four.

The fledgling production group, which was formed in April, has snatched up rights to the hit format for India and Southeast Asia.

Two series of The Four have aired on US broadcaster Fox, and the format recently sold into Lithuanian broadcaster LNK TV, as well as Brazilian broadcaster Record TV and Greece’s Antenna TV.

The studio format begins with four finalists who are selected by music judges, and must work to protect their spot against talented hopefuls looking to steal their place.

Fox pilots Endemol drama

The US broadcaster has ordered a put pilot from Endemol Shine North America for hour-long drama Let’s Spend The Night Together, based on the French series Quadras.

The comedy drama takes place over the course of a single night at a wedding, where secrets are steadily revealed about the wedding party.

The drama originally aired on French channel M6 and was produced by Endemol Shine France.

The US adaptation will be written by Californication scribe Tom Kapinos and directed by Empire’s Sanaa Hamri.

Executive producers include Sharon Levy, Francois-Xavier Demaison, Nicolas Coppermann. Endemol Shine North America will produce alongside 20th Century Fox Television.