Red Arrow Studios International has secured a wave of deals across its slate of unscripted reality, entertainment and social experiment formats, including Buying Blind, Don’t Stop the Music, Meat the Family, The Taste, and BLOCK OUT.
The radical home improvement format Buying Blind has been commissioned by RTL in Germany for a local version, produced by Redseven Entertainment, which will air in December. Additionally, SBS in Belgium has commissioned a fourth season of its domestic adaptation of the series, produced by Zodiak Belgium, while in The Netherlands, RTL is in production on its own Season Five, produced by Wise Monkeys and to air in 2022. Created by Kinetic Content and originally produced by Snowman Productions for TV3 (Denmark), Buying Blind sees a family hand their life savings to experts to purchase them a home – without ever having seen it!
In Germany Don’t Stop the Music has been commissioned by ZDF for a local version to be produced by Redseven Entertainment. Originally created and produced by Artemis Media for ABC (Australia), in association with Screen Australia, Screenwest and Lottery West, the uplifting social experiment format follows children from an underprivileged school as a groundbreaking new music program is introduced.
Also in Germany, Vox has commissioned the topical factual entertainment format Meat the Family for season one of a local remake, which recently debuted and is produced by Redseven Entertainment. Originally produced by Spun Gold TV for Channel 4 (UK), the series sees four meat-eating families welcome the animal they most frequently serve for dinner into their homes to reevaluate their relationship with food. Additionally, Redseven is producing a tenth season of The Taste, following a recommission by SAT.1 (Germany). In the hit format, originally created and produced by Kinetic Content for ABC (US), contestants must compete for the judges’ approval based on the blind taste of a single spoonful of food.
For addictive gameshow format, BLOCK OUT, Tin Can is producing season two of the domestic remake for NPO in the Netherlands, which will be a 10-episode celebrity version. Originally created by Nippon TV, Red Arrow Studios and July August Productions, BLOCK OUT sees players – each with their backs literally against a wall – battle it out in a variety of physical games, combining trivia, strategy, and chance.
The deals were brokered by Tobias Schulze, VP Sales (French & German-speaking Europe, Benelux), at Red Arrow Studios International, who said: “Broadcasters are continuing to look for uplifting, buzzy and family friendly unscripted content with a successful track record that will drive schedules and provide co-viewing opportunities. We’re looking forward to seeing how broadcasters put their own local spins on these engaging and tried and tested formats.”