April 19, 2021
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In this week's edition:
• ViacomCBS Global Distribution
Group’s Format Mix
• WorldScreenings: TV Asahi
ViacomCBS Global Distribution Group’s Format Mix
By Kristin Brzoznowski
The ViacomCBS Global Distribution Group format slate runs the gamut from recent hits like Tough as Nails and Have You Been Paying Attention? to classics such as Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy! and Top Model, alongside adaptation opportunities for scripted series such as Why Women Kill, The Affair and Ray Donovan.
On what’s been trending as of late, Paul Gilbert, senior VP of international formats for ViacomCBS Global Distribution Group, says: “At the beginning of Covid-19, everyone was looking for formats that could be produced from home using Zoom technology. The interest in using Zoom seemed to have lessened pretty quickly and production seems to have gone back to ‘normal’ with Covid restrictions in place.”
Tough as Nails has seen a good amount of traction in the marketplace, Gilbert says. The series challenges everyday Americans’ strength, endurance, agility, mental toughness and life skills in challenges that take place at real job sites. “Through a recalibration of typical competitive reality success metrics, Tough as Nails has found a way to celebrate a broader spectrum of intelligence than most reality shows. It also embraces teamwork and unity. Unlike other reality competition shows, none of the participants get kicked off Tough as Nails.”
Another strong performer is Have You Been Paying Attention?, a comedy quiz show. To date, the format has notched up 22 options “and more are coming,” says Gilbert. Season two is currently on air and casting has begun for season three. Several productions will begin in the coming months.
Stalwart successes Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy! and Top Model continue to be renewed, he notes, with countries licensing the formats year after year. Germany's Next Topmodel was recently renewed for five additional seasons.
Among the newest shows from ViacomCBS Global Distribution Group is Come Dance With Me, which is executive produced by LL Cool J, Chris O’Donnell and 3 Ball Productions. Production is scheduled to begin in May. “The series features exceptionally talented young dancers from across the country who invite one inspirational and untrained family member, or another adult who has supported their dance dreams, to become their dance partner for a chance to strut their stuff for a grand prize,” Gilbert explains. “Each week, these aspiring kids will share their love of dance with their mother, father, grandparent or other hero on an uplifting and emotional journey to learn and perform challenging routines, with the assistance of professional choreographers, in a competition with other duos.”
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WorldScreenings: TV Asahi
Last year was an “attention-building” one for TV Asahi formats. “Although the world suffered from unfortunate lockdowns and travel bans, we were lucky enough to have many new clients realizing the uniqueness and jewels in our catalog of formats,” says Mayumi Nakamura, head of format development and sales in the international business department of TV Asahi.
“This year, we are determined to continue this effort and bring attractive formats to the international market,” Nakamura adds.
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