Keshet International‘s hot format Rising Star is headed to Russia. Broadcaster Rossiya 1, part of media group VGTRK, will air a local version of the interactive primetime show which France’s M6 acquired earlier this week. Keshet DCP, a joint venture with DC Media, is also shopping a U.S. version to American broadcasters. Keshet debuted a live screening of Rising Star from Israel last night in Cannes. The singing competition integrates home viewers who vote in real-time via an app that also posts their photos to the TV screen. The app has now been downloaded more than 1.2M times. The show is a big hit at home where it’s produced by Tedy Productions for Keshet Broadcasting.
Canada’s TV5 is prepping war-zone/foodie hybrid A Table Avec L’Ennemi, an adaptation of Norwegian format, Dining With The Enemy. The six-part series will be hosted by journalist and author Frédérick Lavoie and chef Charles-Antoine Crête. It will travel to conflict areas around the world including Mexico, Rwanda and Afghanistan, and see two representatives from opposing factions share a meal and discuss their views and vision of ongoing strife. “We forget that, in war zones or risk areas, life goes on. People try to live a normal life and their main concerns are much like ours… We hope the dinner table will serve as a meeting place, a place for dialogue and hope between two cultures”, says TV5 Programming Director Pierre Gang. Media Ranch president Sophie Ferron will produce with the series to air in fall 2014. Canadian production and distribtion outfit Media Ranch has an option to produce local adaptations of Dining With The Enemy in English-speaking Canada and the UK, and is in discussions on a Canada-U.S. co-production.
UK trade body PACT has tallied up exports of British TV programming for 2012 and found that international sales jumped 4% to £1.22B for the year. In a staggering increase, sales to China were up 90%, although the U.S. remains the prime destination for British TV shows, spending £475M in 2012. In China, period drama has taken off with Downton Abbey leading the charge. Benedict Cumberbatch-starrers Parade’s End and Sherlock are also among the most successful current British exports worldwide, along with Jeremy Piven ITV period drama Mr Selfridge, which has now sold in 150 territories. Hot formats include Come Dine With Me and Undercover Boss. The number of UK co-productions also jumped 60% with the trend potentially growing this year given the introduction of the high-end TV tax break.
VOD service Viewster has licensed a slate of content for its U.S. users from FremantleMedia. The package includes more than 110 hours from six different BBC series including Merlin and Pulling, as well as Australian series Satisfaction. Based in Switzerland, ad-supported VOD portal Viewster now has over 5,000 TV shows and films and is available in 120 countries worldwide.
ITV Studios Global Entertainment has closed a deal with UKTV in Australia for 227 hours of drama and entertainment programming. The package icludes several seasons of Inspector Morse, Lewis, A Touch Of Frost and Helen Mirren crime series Prime Suspect.