Warner Bros. International Television Production Brings Laughter, Love and “500 Questions” to MIPTV with the Launch of 12 New Primetime Formats
(April 12, 2015 – London) – Warner Bros. International Television Production (WBITVP) announced today the MIPTV launch of 12 all-new primetime formats that include “Repeat After Me” (ABC, U.S.), “The Gift” (BBC One, UK), “Weight for Love” (in development at NBC), “Backyard Survival” (RTL4, Netherlands) and “Our First Home” (TVOne, NZ). The news follows Thursday’s announcement by WBITVP that the company will preview at the market the all-new event game show format “500 Questions” (ABC, U.S.) from executive producer Mark Burnett and creator Mike Darnell.
Inspired by a highly successful signature segment from the Emmy-winning daytime talk program “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” and produced by Ellen’s A Very Good Production in association with Warner Horizon Television, “Repeat After Me” sees Wendi McLendon-Covey (“Bridesmaids,” “The Goldbergs”) instruct superstar talent, via a remote earpiece, to interact with everyday people in high-energy, comedic hidden-camera situations. Guests include Harry Connick, Jr., Usher and Justin Bieber, whose sketch reached more than 800 million users on Twitter.
From the makers of worldwide success “Who Do You Think You Are?” comes “The Gift” for BBC One. This unique factual entertainment series follows the unexpected and heart-warming personal stories of ordinary people given the extraordinary opportunity to be reunited with someone who changed their life forever. “The Gift” premiered in February on BBC One and is the highest rated new factual format series at 9pm on the network in 2014/15.
From 5x5 Media in association with Warner Horizon Television, “Weight for Love” (in development at NBC) sees the emotional and physical transformation of overweight couples who commit to separate for a long period of time in order to regain their health. The couples will be documented and united in an emotional reveal, as they begin to plan the next part of their new lives.
Coming soon to RTL4 (Netherlands) is “Backyard Survival,” from the creators of “Adam Looking for Eve.” The show challenges four famous faces to live and survive without shelter and food in the wilds of the nation’s countryside, revealing personal and touching stories of the stars as they attempt “Backyard Survival.”
From the producers of “The Bachelor New Zealand” is “Our First Home” for TV One (NZ). Currently outperforming all international formats in its primetime slot, “Our First Home” is feel-good and competitive. Part observational documentary and part soap opera, parents sacrifice everything for their kids, as they buy a ‘do-up’ and work together to help them with their first step on the property ladder. Competing against the clock to win big – families will be pushed to the limit in TV’s most exciting new property renovation show.
The new format slate also includes the market debut of “Adoption Stories” (Nelonen, Finland), “Bring Back Borstal” (ITV, UK), “Back in Time for Dinner” (BBC Two, UK), “Ellen’s Design Challenge” (HGTV, U.S.), “Push The Red Button” (RTL4, Netherlands), “Soundtrack of Love” (YLE, Finland) and “Wanted – A Very Personal Assistant” (BBC Three, UK).
Warner Bros. International Television Production includes new productions worldwide for “The Bachelor,” produced in 30 territories including ABC (U.S.) and RTL (Germany); the recently launched “Adam Looking for Eve,” produced in seven countries including RTL (Germany) and Cuatro (Spain); and “First Dates,” the top rated format created for Channel 4 (UK) and recently commissioned by NBC for a primetime U.S. version produced by Shed Media (part of the unscripted/alternative programming department at Warner Bros.).