CANNES, 01 April 2012: FremantleMedia, one of the largest creators and producers of television entertainment brands in the world, brings an exciting and varied slate to MIPTV 2012 filled with inspiring new entertainment formats, gripping factual entertainment, exciting game shows and light-hearted comedy. Competition is fierce as home cooks battle for the life-changing chance to have their original recipe turned into a sensational product for the nation’s supermarkets in Recipe to Riches, whilst in 1001 Things You Should Know contestants are challenged to test their “common knowledge” as experts or celebrities quiz them on things that they really should know. Big family format, Little Goliaths, pits adults against lofty benchmarks set by children in a range of unexpected challenges. Emotions run high in Help! My House is a Mess as an individual whose unhealthy compulsion to hoard gets the help they need to rebuild their lives and their homes. Fractured Families – The Long Ride Home follows estranged parents and children as they undertake a tough adventure to re-build their damaged relationships. The gloves are on for original Japanese style game show The Boxing Glove, hidden camera fun and comedy antics are abound in Hit The Road Jack and family entertainment show Everyone Loves Animals spoofs the most recognised of TV formats, the news! Heritage shows Blockbusters, Man-O-Man and Play Your Cards Right round off FremantleMedia’s broad-based slate of internationally appealing formats.
Trish Kinane, President of Worldwide Entertainment, FremantleMedia, said: “This is going to be another extremely exciting market and FremantleMedia’s MIPTV slate includes a strong line-up of fantastic new programmes in genres that continue to inspire audiences. We have a great mix of comedy, factual entertainment and game shows featuring some big new formats that are sure to make viewers laugh, cry and definitely keep them entertained! We also have some timeless heritage formats that are proven ratings winners and audience favourites that are perfectly suited to broadcaster’s schedules the world over.”
Bringing culinary skills to the fore in the most innovative of ways, and taking interactivity to a whole new level, hit format Recipe to Riches is a new reality competition series that sees home cooks battle for a cash prize and the chance to have their original recipe chosen to be transformed into a new product to be sold in the nation’s supermarkets. Created by Temple Street Productions, Recipe to Riches kicks off with a cross-country search for everyday cooks with extraordinary recipes in a new food category each week, from Sweet Puddings and Pies, to Cakes, Appetizers, Main Courses, or Sweet and Savoury Snacks. The top three finalists in each category fight for their recipes to be selected as category winner and to get their hands on a weekly cash prize. The winning recipes are transformed into products that are then immediately made available in grocery stores nationwide, allowing viewers to taste what they’ve seen being made on the show, before they cast their vote to decide the ultimate Recipe to Riches champion. With fantastic ratings in Canada and a horde of shoppers eager to whisk the show’s creations off the shelves, Recipe to Riches is a sure fire audience pleaser. Recipe to Riches was consistently Food Network’s highest rated show of the day for all viewers (2+), exceeding the broadcaster’s prime time average by up to 89 per cent. A strong performer for young adults (18-34), Recipe to Riches attained shares nearly double the size of Food Network’s prime time average and was recently re-commissioned for a second season.
Family comes first with Little Goliaths, the big format which proves that size doesn’t matter. Little Goliaths sees adults test their skills against the lofty benchmarks set by talented youngsters in a range of challenges from arm wrestling to golf, spelling to speed-parking, and more. The kids think it’s a fun game, but for the adults it’s a little more serious as they challenge themselves to win a cash prize as they take on the towering targets set by their pint-sized adversaries. This entertaining new format from RTL Group and Next Big Thing is great fun for all the family with exceptional ratings already in Brazil, launching as the No.1 show in its timeslot with a 25 per cent share of all Households.
The fun continues with 1001 Things You Should Know, the addictive new quiz game where contestants are quizzed by experts or celebrities on “common knowledge” questions that they really should already know the answer to – but embarrassingly, often don’t! They aren’t rewarded for getting those right – they really should know the answers anyway - but by answering them correctly our contestants can unlock trickier questions which can earn them lots of cash, and build up their pot against their opponents. In 1001 Things You Should Know, it’s only by knowing what you should that will see you in with a chance to take home the winnings. This light hearted new game show is brimming with jeopardy and comes from FremantleMedia UK’s label, Thames.
Next on the slate is moving factual entertainment, with Fractured Families – The Long Ride Home which sees estranged parents and children undertake a tough adventure to rebuild their damaged relationships. Guided by a team of experts who work with them for 30 days to support them through their personal issues, the contestants are transported from their daily lives to embark on a life changing experience, as they face the challenge of moving 300 head of cattle from farm to market. Setting up camp, learning new skills, controlling the herd and healing emotional wounds are some of the challenges the participants face as they work out conflicts and rediscover their family bonds. Emotional real-life drama at its very best, Fractured Families – The Long Ride Home was created by FremantleMedia Australia and developed by La Competencia in Spain, where it will debut on Cuatro in late Spring.
Help is at hand in Blue Circle’s Help! My House is a Mess as it tackles the ever increasing social problem of hoarding head-on. Helping the forgotten victims, families and friends affected by this psychologically crippling disorder, each week a host and team of experts confront a hoarder with the complaints of their loved ones and help them to commit to changing their ways. In an emotional rollercoaster of denial, acceptance and resolution of deep seeded issues, a professional organiser and a psychologist set about cleaning up the house and helping the participant clean up their act. As the hoarder promises to follow steps to keep their lives and house in order, we return to the scene after a few weeks to see if they have managed to change their ways. Help! My House is a Mess is consistently number on in its time-slot for 20 to 49 year olds on RTL 4 in The Netherlands.
When it comes to physical game shows, no one does it quite like the Japanese! The Boxing Glove is an original game show from Fuji TV in which every question is set by the ultimate Quiz Master, a giant boxing glove travelling towards the players at the speed of an express train. Only a correct answer can stop the glove, guaranteeing a funny and frantic game show that takes the Hole in the Wall concept to a whole new level. One wrong answer, one moment of hesitation, one slip of the tongue equals disaster – a punch like Mike Tyson, and an icy bath.
Everyone Loves Animals sees one man and his ‘dog’ host a spoof news programme featuring amusing animal-based clips packaged and presented as news stories. The anchor and his ‘newshound’ (played by a comic actor) provide expert analysis and differing perspectives on hilarious news from the animal kingdom. Filled with humorous interactions and insight into the special and unique relationship that exists between one man and his dog, Everyone Loves Animals from Talkback is a fun show for all the family. From criminal cats to piano playing pugs, this is the news as you’ve never seen it before, and it’s coming soon to BBC in the UK.
The comedy continues on tour with Magnum Media show Hit The Road Jack which sees a comedian travelling the country looking for local strangers to accommodate him. All the while, he is preparing for a live stand up gig about the area. Recently launched on Channel 4 in the UK, the show is a particular hit with young viewers.
Rounding off FremantleMedia’s packed slate of hit shows is a trio of unforgettable heritage formats reimagined for modern audiences. Cult classic Blockbusters challenges contestants to answer a series of letter-based questions, guiding themselves to victory across the Blockbusters board, and is set to relaunch on Sky’s Challenge TV in the UK. Sassy dating show Man-O-Man puts ten men at the mercy of an audience full of women in a series of elimination challenges to demonstrate their dating credentials, while Play Your Cards Right is the international hit format that keeps generations of viewers glued to their screens with contestants answering questions as they try to take control the cards in a series of fun games
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Notes to Editors:
FremantleMedia is one of the leading creators and producers of television entertainment brands in the world. FremantleMedia is part of the RTL Group, Europe's largest television and radio broadcast company, which is in turn 90 percent owned by Bertelsmann AG, one of the world's major media and entertainment companies. FremantleMedia’s worldwide production arm is responsible for many of the world’s highest rated prime time entertainment, drama, serial drama and factual entertainment programmes. FremantleMedia Enterprises is the brand extension arm of FremantleMedia, offering a one-stop-shop for all Licensing, Distribution and Home Entertainment around the world. The FremantleMedia Group (which includes FremantleMedia North America, UFA, FremantleMedia UK, FremantleMedia Australia, Ludia, @radical.media and Original Productions, amongst others) has operations in 22 countries, one of the most comprehensive global networks, creating over 9,200 hours of programming a year, rolling out more than 60 formats and managing over 300 individual titles. FremantleMedia has some of the world’s most sought after and long running formats in its catalogue, and globally, produces such programmes as: Idols (co-produced with 19 Productions in the US), The X Factor (co-produced with Syco in the UK and the US), Got Talent (co-produced with Syco in the UK and the US), Neighbours, Family Feud, The Price is Right, Farmer Wants A Wife and Hole In The Wall.
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