ITV has ordered a non-broadcast pilot for Talpa format The Wishing Tree. Now in its second season in the Netherlands, the primetime family entertainment show sees young children make a wish for someone they believe deserving, and then reveals the special wishes being fulfilled for each unsuspecting recipient. Shiver, the factual arm of ITV Studios, will produce. The format was launched by ITV-owned Talpa at Mipcom last year. It has since been commissioned in six countries. Kids are currently big in the non-scripted space — think MasterChef Junior and Spelling Star — with “kiddification” a buzzword ahead of next week’s Mip-TV market in Cannes.
Dynamic Television has acquired worldwide distribution rights for Nelson Mandela miniseries, Madiba. Directed by Kevin Hooks (Prison Break, Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D) and starring Laurence Fishburne as the late South African president, the six-hour event series is based on two Mandela books, Conversations With Myself and Nelson Mandela By Himself. Madiba is set to premiere on BET Networks in the U.S. in 2017. Also now in the cast are Orlando Jones and David Harewood. Named after the Thembu clan to which Mandela belonged, Madiba tells the epic story of his journey to bring racial equality and democracy to the people of South Africa. Principal photography begins April 4. Toronto-based Blue Ice Pictures is producing and financing. South Africa’s Out of Africa Entertainment also produces in association with Leftbank Pictures and Cinema Gypsy Productions.