June 18, 2018
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In this week's edition:
• Format Fever
• Distributor Spotlight: KABO International
By Kristin Brzoznowski
Distributors weigh in about the kinds of formats that are in demand among broadcasters across Europe.
As fear of the FAANGs looms in the linear TV community, many broadcasters across Europe are looking to localized entertainment for the type of compelling programming that will set them apart and get audiences to switch off from streaming. Shows that can be tailored to the tastes of viewers in a given country (and make some noise for the channel) are enjoying a rather nice boost across both Western and Eastern Europe, and format distributors are reporting interest in a broad range of genres as well.
“The format business in Central and Eastern Europe continues to grow,” says Bo Stehmeier, the senior VP of global sales at Red Arrow Studios International. “The market is maturing, and there is more appetite for risk. These countries are a bit more experimental and keen to explore different shows, in comparison to those in the West.”
In Western Europe, Stehmeier continues, “the pressure in the television ecosystem is very high. The shows that broadcasters do acquire have to hit. So, when you sell a format into Western Europe, it’s about having a proven track record.”
Armed with megahits such as Dancing with the Stars and The Great Bake Off, BBC Studios is able to tout track records for many of its formats to European buyers. Dancing with the Stars, for one, “has stood the test of time,” says Sumi Connock, creative director for formats. “We signed up three new territories last year and three more this year. Interestingly, Poland has more seasons (21) than anywhere outside of the U.S.”
The show counts recent launches in Spain and in Iceland, where it “quadrupled the slot audience,” according to Connock. “In Ireland, the broadcaster replaced The Voice with Dancing with the Stars, decisively beating all time-slot competition, more than quadrupling the share of its closest rival and achieving an astonishing 47.2-percent audience share for the season two finale.”
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Distributor Spotlight: KABO International
ADDRESS: 2-4 allée de Seine, 93200
TELEPHONE: (33-1) 8578-7331
Arabelle Pouliot-Di Crescenzo
SALES EXECUTIVE: Elsa Pielot
PROGRAMS: The Break-Up: 60 min., social experiment, Newen; Our Crazy Family: 230x30 min. & 3x52 min., scripted comedy, KABO Family, M6, France; Tilt: 10x30 min., virtual entertainment game, Reflect, TV6, Finland; Who’s Who?: 30 min./60 min., entertainment/game show, Rose Bay Media; Cops on the Block: 50x30 min., scripted comedy, Thalie Images, M6, France.
TRAILERS: Please visit KABO International’s Screening Room to view clips of Cops on the Block, Our Crazy Family, The Break-Up, Tilt and Who’s Who?
“KABO International is a global distributor of formats (prime-time entertainment, game show, social experiment, comedy, VR and scripted) as well as ready-made programming (factual, documentaries, true crime). The company distributes KABO formats as well as third-party formats from countries such as the U.K., Finland, Canada, Italy and Spain, to mention a few. KABO International was originally launched as the distribution arm for KABO Family Group, one of the leading production groups in France. KABO Family Group plays host to more than 150 writers, over 80 comedy writers and produces 70 hours of fiction per year, as well as operating various production entities under the KABO umbrella brand.”
—Arabelle Pouliot-Di Crescenzo, Managing Director
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