Banijay re-opens Changing Rooms in Germany
Germany’s RTL Zwei has ordered a local version of Banijay’s veteran home renovation format Changing Rooms, marking the show’s return to the country after a 15-year hiatus.
The four-part series is from Banijay Productions Germany and is set to air later this year, with the show following two sets of homeowners working against the clock to renovate a room in each other’s houses.
Changing Rooms first launched in the UK in 1996 and has been adapted in 12 markets. It has made recent returns in the US where it is known as Trading Spaces, as well as Australia, and is also returning to the UK on Channel 4 later this year.
BossaNova strikes major pacts with CJZ & Greenstone
Paul Heaney & Dina Subhani’s recently launched UK-based financier and distributor BossaNova has announced its first volume catalogue acquisitions, after striking a deal with firms in Australia and New Zealand.
The deal, which totals more than 600 hours, will see BossaNova representing shows from factual producers CJZ and Greenstone. It will add IP such as the Patrol franchise to the company’s catalogue, which includes Border Patrol, Motorway Patrol, Highway Patrol and Dog Patrol, plus the spin-off series Dog Patrol: Puppy School.
The deal also includes over 20 other factual series, including Cruising, Murder In The Outback, The Big Ward and Renters. It was brokered by Heaney, co-founder and CEO of BossaNova, and Matt Campbell, group CEO of CJZ.
Campbell said: “Paul and his talented team did great work with our catalogue of programmes during his time as founder and CEO at TCB. BossaNova marks a new start for both of us. We like Paul’s approach to distribution which is more than just about selling shows. Financing series has become a complicated puzzle, helped enormously through Paul’s strong relationships with buyers across the globe. The market intel and additional networking opportunities he provides is essential in today’s media landscape.”
The CJZ Australia catalogue is available now and the Greenstone NZ titles will be available between now and August this year.
MTV Int’l preps ‘True Life Crime’ in UK
ViacomCBS brand MTV International is launching a UK version of investigate series True Life Crime.
The four-episode docuseries, True Life Crime UK, will land globally on MTV on 7 April and follow journalist Linda Adey as she investigates four deaths and digs into unanswered questions.
Craig Orr and Iestyn Barker are exec producing for MTV International, while Jeff Anderson will EP for ViacomCBS International Studios UK and Nick Kenton is the series producer.
“I’ve reported on a lot of crime as a journalist and True Life Crime UK is about getting under the headlines and making sure we bring these young people’s stories to the world so that they are not forgotten,” said Adey. “By spreading awareness of their names, we hope to honor them and shed light on the cruelty of lives lost too soon.”
Canadian pubcaster CBC, UK comcaster ITV, ViacomCBS-owned Nickelodeon and US channel BYUtv have ordered Overlord And The Underwoods, a new live-action family series from Toronto-based MarbleMedia.
Created by showrunner Anthony Q Farrell (The Office) and Ryan Wiesbrock (Buddy Thunderstruck), it has entered pre-production in Toronto. The 20 x 30-minute series follows the Underwood family whose lives are turned upside down then their distant cousin, Overlord, the second most-wanted villain in the universe, seeks refuge in their home after entering intergalactic witness protection.
Cloudco Entertainment and Distribution 360, a MarbleMedia company, hold worldwide distribution rights for the series.
“MarbleMedia is known for creating unrivalled family entertainment that showcase dynamic, diverse, and universal characters and storylines. We are very excited to add Overlord And the Underwoods to our robust programming roster,” said Mark Bishop, EP and co-CEO of MarbleMedia.