• Red Arrow shows nominated for 8 awards
  • Old People’s Home for 4 Year Olds nominated for 3 awards

A host of Red Arrow Studios companies and shows have been nominated for 2019 Realscreen Awards.

International formats Old People’s Home for 4 Year Olds, Buying Blind and Married at First Sight, reality shows Shot in the Dark and Wahlburgers, and documentary Man’s First Friend have been all nominated for awards.

The Realscreen Awards, which recognize the best in unscripted and non-fiction programming from around the world, will be presented at a ceremony during Realscreen Summit in New Orleans on Tuesday January 29, 2019.

Buying Blind has been nominated in the Lifestyle: Home (Design, Renovation) category. The show is a radical new reality format that sees a family who can’t decide what house to buy, put their life-savings in the hands of experts to purchase them a home – without ever having seen it!

The Buying Blind format is created by Kinetic Content and originally produced by Snowman Productions for TV Denmark. The show is currently playing on Bravo in the US, titled Buying It Blind and produced by Kinetic Content; and is in its second season on TV3 Denmark, produced by Snowman Productions. Red Arrow Studios International distributes the Buying Blind format worldwide, with local commissions including Nelonen in Finland, Nine Network in Australia, RTL Netherlands, and M6 France. The format has previously been nominated for a Rose d’Or Award.

Old People’s Home for 4 Year Olds has been nominated in three categories: Reality: Constructed Reality, Best New Format and Diversity & Inclusion. This revolutionary social experiment attempts to dramatically improve the health and well-being of elderly people in retirement communities, by bringing them together with a group of four-year-old pre-school children.

Produced by CPL Productions for Channel 4 in the UK, the show recently returned to Channel 4 for its second season, more than doubling Channel 4’s average daytime share. Red Arrow Studios International distributes the format worldwide, with local commissions including VOX Germany, Movistar+ Spain, and France, the Netherlands, Sweden and Australia.

Previous award wins for Old People’s Home for 4 Year Olds include Best Constructed Documentary Series at the 2018 Grierson Awards, Factual TV Project of the Year at the 2018 Content Innovation Awards, Best Original Programme at the Broadcast Awards, Best Popular Factual Series at the 2018 Edinburgh TV Awards, and Best Factual Entertainment and Best Brand Driven Format at the International Format Awards. It was also nominated for a 2018 BAFTA award.

The US production of worldwide hit relationship format Married at First Sight has also been nominated in the Reality: Constructed Reality category. Produced by Kinetic Content for Lifetime (US), based on the original format created by Snowman Productions for DR1 Denmark, Married at First Sight US will launch its eighth season on Lifetime  on January 1, 2019. Distributed by Red Arrow Studios International, the US show has sold to over 100 territories worldwide, and the format has been produced in over 29 countries including multiple seasons in the USA (Lifetime), the UK (Channel 4), Australia (Nine), Denmark (DR1) and Germany (SAT.1).

Shot in the Dark has been nominated in the Reality: Docureality category. Produced by Karga Seven Pictures for Netflix, this acclaimed show follows three rival freelance stringers who scour the streets of LA at night to film crime scenes, fires, accidents – and anything else they can sell to news outlets.

In the Reality: Docusoap category, multi-season hit series Wahlburgers has been nominated for an award. Produced by 44 Blue Productions in association with Closest to the Hole Productions, Donnie D Productions & Leverage Entertainment for A&E, this two-time Emmy nominated series, now in its ninth season, features the escapades of the colorful and famous Wahlburger family as they blend Boston accents and saucy attitudes into a recipe for reality TV success.

Finally, Red Arrow Studios International-distributed documentary Man’s First Friend (1 x 90′ or 2 x 48′) has been nominated in the Non-Fiction: Environmental & Natural History category. Man’s First Friend is the epic story of humans and dogs from Emmy award-winning showrunner Fred Fougea, produced by Boreales and Winds for France 2, NHK, ZDF, CuriosityStream LCC and Planète+.


Article updated January 9, 2019. Originally posted November 28, 2019