'Stars,' 'Chase,' 'Trip,' 'Jam' nab sales
LONDONA slew of licensing deals have been inked at TV mart Mipcom, which wrapped its third day on Wednesday. Banijay Intl. sold its celebrity diving format “Stars in Danger” to TV2 in Norway and TV3 in Sweden. Banijay-owned Nordisk Film TV will produce the local versions for each territory, with both bowing next year. The format is based on German show “TV Total Turmspringen,” which has aired since 2004 on free-to-air channel ProSieben in primetime on Fridays and Saturdays. Its broadcasts regularly attract an audience of between three to four million, winning its time slot against tough competish such as “Idols” and “Got Talent.” In the show, celebrities learn how to do various types of dive, including high diving, springboard and synchronized diving. Celebs are followed through training as they approach the final contest. ITV Studios Global Entertainment has closed sales on entertainment formats “The Chase” and “Coach Trip.” TV Channel Russia has picked up “The Chase,” which will be produced locally by Weast Media. The show, which is part quiz and part race, airs on U.K. commercial channel ITV1, which recently commissioned a sixth series. The skein consistently attracts more than 2.5 million viewers. The format also airs in Germany on regional channel NRD. The Netherlands’ RTL5 and Quebec’s Vertele acquired “Coach Trip,” a travel-meets-reality show in which contestants who have never met before are thrown together on a dream holiday. In the U.K., the show airs on Channel 4. Its eighth series averaged 1.7 million viewers and a 9.7% share. The format also airs on TF1 in France. Studio 100 Media has inked with Kiddinx Media for pre-school toon series “Benjamin the Elephant,” “Benjamin Specials,” “Bibi & Tina” and the fourth season of “Bibi Blocksberg.” Studio 100 Media took exclusive worldwide distribution rights, excluding German-speaking territories until 2015. The Extreme Sports Channel, dedicated to action sports, has acquired “Monster Jam,” covering monster truck competitions and displays, for the U.K. and its Europe, Middle East and Africa feed. It has also picked up season seven of “Mantracker” for the U.K. The Canadian-produced reality series, fronted by Chad Savage, follows ordinary folk as they try to evade an expert tracker and hunter in varied terrains across Mexico, South America, Africa and Canada’s Rocky Mountains.
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