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U.K ‘Model’ on catwalk

10 hourlong episodes planned for first-year run

UPN’s “America’s Next Top Model” is getting a British makeover. The show will be reformatted for LivingTV in the U.K. via an exclusive deal with the show’s distrib, CBS Paramount Intl. TV, and called, not surprisingly, “Britain’s Next Top Model.”

No figure was available for the format deal, but there was, per the distrib, competitive bidding for the remake rights.

The British channel is appointing a production company to make 10 hourlong episodes for its first-year run and the search is already on for a Limey Tyra Banks. (The supermodel created the original U.S. concept and exec produces with Ken Mok.)

Richard Woolfe, LivingTV’s director of programs, said, “Once again LivingTV has demonstrated its knack for picking up American shows that really strike a chord with British viewers.”

“America’s Next Top Model” chronicles the transformation of everyday young women into potentially fierce supermodels.

“Top Model” is LivingTV’s third major format deal this year. The channel, which is owned by conglom Flextech, has also retooled NBC U’s “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” for local consumption and is touching up Disney’s “Extreme Makeover” for airing in February.

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