Company eyes show for U.S. makeover

CANNES — Shine-owned U.S. production company Reveille has optioned Scandinavian format “Don’t Date Him Girl” for a possible U.S. makeover.

Sold by Nordisk Film TV World, part of Nordisk Film, reality show “Girl” turns on three over-confident single men competing for one girl — despite the presence on the show of their ex-girlfriends.

“We couldn’t wait to get our hands on ‘Don’t Date Him Girl.’ It’s an incredibly unique format and I have really high hopes for the show,” Chris Grant, Reveille managing director said at Cannes.

The Reveille deal only covers a U.S. adaptation, added Nordisk Film TV’s Janne Ingdal Parving. Nordisk will retain international rights on the U.S. adaptation, she added.

“Girl” is one of a slew of Nordisk formats optioned by U.S. companies for potential Stateside redos, illustrating a trend clearly seen at Mip TV last year — escalating U.S. interest in international third-party formats.

Renegade 83 Prods. (“The 4400,” “The Law Firm”) has optioned “Construction Nightmares.” Nominated for a Rose d’Or, “Nightmares” offers a feel-good twist on botched home construction jobs. While the show’s host corners inept builders and demands that they repay their fees, professional handymen complete the home improvement.

In other U.S. format deals, Scott Stone’s Stone & Co has optioned rally competition “Celebrity Devil Race”; Phil Gurin’s best song composer talent show “Melody Challenge”; and 25/7’s Dave Broome Arctic race challenge “71 Degrees North.”

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