3 Ball takes US rights to Primitive’s ‘Covid-safe’ container format

US-based 3 Ball Productions has secured the US format rights to Belgian outfit Woestijnvis’ ‘Covid-19-safe’ competition series The Container Cup. The original version of the show, which premiered on Belgium’s Vier network last month, puts athletic celebrities to the test against professional athletes in a variety of physical challenges – with all the action taking […]

Telenet takes over Woestijnvis owner to fight SVOD rivals

Belgian cable operator has agreed to take full control of De Vijver Media, putting it in charge of the VIER, VIJF and ZES commercial channels and the Woestijnvis production house. The Liberty Global-owned operator said the deal will allow it to respond faster and more effectively to innovations in viewing experience or advertising, against a […]

Eyeworks co-founder to lead new Euro prodco

A trio of producers from Belgium has partnered to launch an Amsterdam-based prodco, with a co-founder of Eyeworks Group to lead the business. Woestijnvis, Lecter Media and DeMensen have grouped to create Fabiola, with Eyeworks alumnus Robert van den Bogaard (pictured) and ex-Eyeworks International creative director Pieter van Eekelen at the helm. The creative teams […]

ProSiebenSat.1, TVE check in to Hotel Römantiek

Major European broadcasters ProSiebenSat.1 and TVE have ordered remakes of Belgian format Hotel Römantiek. Both networks have acquired the format from Brussels-based vendor The New Flemish Primitives (TNFP). The show launched in Belgium on SBS Broadcasting-owned Vier, and has since consistently drawn ratings 70% above slot average for 18-54s, according to TNFP. A second season […]

Founder leaves Flemish Primitives formats firm

Sue Green, the founder and managing director of The New Flemish Primitives, is today leaving the Belgium-based distributor, TBI has learned. She launched the company in 2011, but exits after five and a half years after making what she described as “not a particularly easy decision”. Her next move is not known. “It has truly […]

TCB’s immigration format travels

Free-to-air broadcaster SBS Belgium has bought a local version of buzzy immigration format Go Back to Where You Came From. SBS channel Vier will air the Belgian version of the show, which will be made by local prodco Woestijnvis. The format was created by Cordell Jigsaw Zapruder and distributed by TCB Media Rights, which represents […]