EXCLUSIVE: Authentic Entertainment, the Endemol Shine Group company behind Ace Of Cakes and Toddlers & Tiaras, has partnered with Matt Dallas (Kyle XY) and his husband Blue Hamilton in an overall deal to produce a docuseries that follows their growing family. Separately, Authentic has also taken U.S. rights to international formats, Big Box, Little Box and Shut Up Woman.
The docuseries will follow Dallas and his music exec husband fresh off the adoption of a baby boy as they go through the thrills and struggles of raising their fostered and now adopted child together. Dallas recently appeared in ABC Family series Baby Daddy.
“Matt and Blue are the perfect combination of what always works for us — great characters with a great story, living an authentic life,” says Lauren Lexton, co-founder and CEO of Authentic.
Gadget review show Big Box, Little Box originally ran on ITV in 2015. The series follows real families as they receive a string of mystery packages and test out the products they contain. They try them at home, get to know the ups and downs of each item, and let viewers know their thoughts. Viewers in turn get to know the families and their unique lifestyles. Local versions are underway in Germany, Norway, and Sweden for air this year. Authentic is working in partnership with ITV North America on the U.S. take.
Shut Up Woman is a controversial format developed by Norway’s Nordic World. It takes a close look at the abusive behavior many women face online — bullying, harassment, and threats. The format tears down the curtain of facelessness and exposes Internet bullies, confronting them with the very real consequences of their words and actions. The show made waves during its initial airing in Norway, where the online bullying of high-profile women is growing at an alarming rate.
The series are being shopped to cable and broadcast.