BBC takes Zodiak’s ‘Holiday’

Reality format looks at vacation disasters

CANNES — Zodiak Ent. has sold Dutch reality format “Save My Holiday” to the U.K.’s BBC One at Mip TV.

Set to bow in the fall, the 15-episode show will be developed and produced by Diverse Production, a company owned by Zodiak.

Produced by Zodiak’s Palm Plus, the Dutch show’s scored top ratings on broadcaster SBS6 in the Netherlands.

The format features hosts who dig up the dirt at holiday resorts and come to the rescue of tourists.

Zodiak is also selling the second season of “Wallander,” the Swedish crime series based on Henning Mankell’s novels. Series has gone to BBC 4 in the U.K., France’s M6, Canada’s Tele Quebec and Belgium’s Lumiere.

The British version of “Wallander,” which star Kenneth Branagh, is handled by BBC Worldwide, while Zodiak has rights for Benelux, Scandinavia and Eastern Europe. Emmanuelle Bouilhaguet, scripted sales director at Zodiak, said the show’s been sold to Poland’s Canal Plus, Slovenia’s RTV, Norway’s TV2 and Finland’s MTV3. Both “Wallander” series are produced by Swedish company Yellow Bird.

At Mip TV, Zodiak has also announced the launch of FlirtMaps, a mobile location-based dating iPhone application, which will be available in the U.S., U.K. and Italy in the coming week. Based on a user’s current location and dating preferences, FlirtMaps functions like a matchmaker.

The tool has been developed by Neo Network, the digital subsidiary of Zodiak.

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