2waytraffic says further deals to follow
BRUSSELS — 2waytraffic has sold Japanese game show format “Silent Library” in six European countries.The Dutch company, acquired in June by Sony Pictures Entertainment, has the non-English speaking rights to the format from Nippon Television Network Corporation. Games take place in a library setting. Teams perform pranks and punishments on each other while trying to remain as quiet as possible. Antena 3 in Spain is already running “La Biblioteka” on its youth channel Antena Neox. Forty 13-minute episodes have been produced by Zebra Producciones. In France, youth channel Virgin 17 has commissioned a pilot from Coyote. In Romania, Zucchero/Power Media is producing 12 x 30 minute version for B1 TV. In Scandinavia, SBS has commissioned Norwegian indie producer Nordisk to create a 10 x 30 minute version. This will play on Kanal 5 in Sweden, SBS Net in Denmark and TV Norge in Norway. Teams will come from all three countries. “We have numerous further deals that are near completion,” 2waytraffic international topper Ed Louwerse said. 2waytraffic announced earlier this month that it had sold “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” to Afghanistan. Company claims this is the first time a light entertainment format has been officially licensed in the territory. Shams Productions will produce a 52 x 60 minute series in Kabul from late November.