Mipcom: BBC’s ‘What Not to Wear’ Heads to Mexico, All3media Delivers ‘Rellik,’ and ‘Neanderthals’ Leave Germany and Head East

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CANNES — Since premiering for BBC Worldwide in 2001, “What Not to Wear,” has been an international phenomenon among makeover shows. Now it’s time for the format to get an update of its own as Discovery Home and Health Latin America have announced that an updated version is being produced for the Mexican market.

The Mexican update represents the tenth version of the BAFTA-nominated format. In the show, two hosts help hapless dressers, nominated by their friends and family, to update their look and improve their confidence. After the hosts help them learn what not to wear, participants ditch their current wardrobe and are given a large budget with which to replace it.

The original version ran for seven years on BBC One, aired for 14 in Russia on CTC and was TLC’s longest running primetime series, at 10 years, in the U.S. The show is currently running on Discovery Realtime in Italy and SBT in Brazil.

Sumi Connock, Creative Director, BBC Worldwide said via a press release: “‘What Not to Wear’ has proven time and again that it’s a format that will never go out of fashion and I’m very much looking forward to seeing its Mexican makeover.”

All3media Delivers “Rellik” for Distribution

All3media has announced that New Pictures and Two Brothers Pictures crime thriller “Rellik,” commissioned by BBC One in the U.K. and Cinemax in the U.S., has been sold to a host of major territories by the independent distribution company. Earlier this year, the series was picked up by HBO Europe, HBO Asia and Tele München in Germany followed by recent deals with DBS Satellite in Israel, VRT in Belgium and DVD/Video rights going to Dazzler Media in the U.K. and Ireland. The reverse-running thriller starts with an arrested suspect and works back through a string of murders.

‘Neanderthals’ Heads to Eastern Europe

Eastern Europe is set to get pre-historic as TM International has sold it’s four-part murder mystery miniseries “Neanderthals,” to Prima TV in Czech Republic and ABC Plus in Romania. Mediaset Spain was the first foreign company to broadcast the series outside of the German market. In the series, a modern day investigator discovers Neanderthal DNA at the scene of a grizzly quadruple murder. Czech Republic and Romania are both handled by Concorde Media, TM’s sales agent for more than two decades. Prima TV also acquired the “Ruby Red Trilogy,” based on the hit novels by German author Kerstin Gier.

Incendo Announced as FilmRise’s Exclusive Canadian Distributors

New York distributors FilmRise, and Canadian production company Incendo have entered into an exclusive distribution agreement. Via the terms of the agreement, Incendo will become exclusive sales agent for FilmRise’s television programming in Canada. The deal starts with “Manifesto,” starring Cate Blanchett, set to broadcast on The Movie Network and HBO Canada this fall. Incendo has specialized in production and international distribution since its inception in 2001, and FilmRise maintains a catalog of 15,000 titles from multiple genres on multiple platforms; recent acquisitions include “Truman,” staring Ricardo Darin, “Marjorie Prime,” with John Hamm and Tim Robbins, and “My Friend Dahmer.”

Magnify Media to Represent CNN Vision

U.K.-based distribution and rights-management company Magnify Media has announced the completion of a three-year representation deal with CNN Vision. CNN Vision is the U.K.-based production company behind CNN International’s lifestyle content, documentaries and specials. In the deal brokered by Magnify CEO Andrea Jackson and CNN Vision development executive Sean Kierkegaard, Magnify will represent all of CNN Vision’s non-news content, and all future content produced for the CNN International channel. The deal will start with immediate effect, and Magnify will launch the new volume slate at Mipcom. The slate includes programs such as “In 24 Hours,” “Culinary Journeys,” and “Vital Signs.”

CJ E&M Picks up Japan’s “Mother”

Japan’s number one TV broadcaster over the past three years, Nippon Television Network Corporation, announced via a press conference today that CJ E&M has acquired the format rights to their award winning Japanese drama “Mother.” CJ E&M is one of Asia’s leading content production companies and will be adapting the format for the Korean audience. The series is set to star popular Korean actress Lee Bo Young, and focuses on a teacher who notices that one of her students is suffering in silence from domestic abuse, and escapes with the girl to start a new life as a family they chose.