Zeppotron to produce seven-part series
U.K. terrestrial web ITV has greenlit a seven-part local version of Jerry Seinfeld-created panel game “The Marriage Ref,” which Endemol distributes internationally.Show, ordered by Claire Zolkwer, ITV’s commissioning editor of entertainment and comedy, will be made by Endemol-owned Zeppotron. Zeppotron head of comedy Ruth Phillips will exec produce the British version alongside Endemol U.K creative director Richard Osman. The series producer is Karen Murdoch. Since Seinfeld and Endemol launched “The Marriage Ref” at the 2009 Mipcom sales mart, the U.S. version, which bowed on NBC in February 2010, has sold to 100 territories. Local adaptations have aired in China, Russia, Argentina and parts of the Middle East. It returns to NBC this summer.