Joint venture will be called Kanakna USA

Telepictures Prods. has engineered an unusual deal with the European producer Ludo Poppe to jointly develop reality shows for both the U.S. and European markets.

“Ludo gives us someone on the ground in Europe who’s experienced at identifying formats that he could bring to the United States,” said Hilary Estey McLoughlin, exec VP-general manager of Telepictures Prods.

Poppe, through his Kanakna Prods., founded in 1993 in Belgium, has produced local versions of “Survivor,” “Extreme Makeover” and “Temptation Island.” He has also produced original series such as “Peking Express” in different formats for the German, French and Dutch TV markets.

Joint venture of Telepictures and Poppe will be called Kanakna USA.

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