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FremantleMedia adds new content to its catalogue for Mipcom 2014

MUMBAI: Television format creator and distributor FremantleMedia International (FMI) is heading to next month’s television trade event Mipcom 2014 in Cannes, France with new content, adding to an already extensive catalogue of programming.

Featuring a variety of new titles across all genres, from dramas, to entertainment titles, comedies and riveting documentaries, FMI aims to offer a slate to tempt buyers from across the globe.

FremantleMedia International acting CEO Bob McCourt said, “We are coming to Mipcom 2014 with an incredible slate of programming, including some of the most talked about new titles of the year. The sheer variety of our catalogue means we can truly offer something for everyone.”

The shows on offer include:

Scripted
• ‘The Returned’ is a suspense filled drama based on the French series. Residents of the small mountain town of Caldwell, Washington grapple with the mysterious return of their dead loved ones. With no memory of their deaths, and no awareness of the time that has passed in their absence, the returned struggle to reintegrate into a world that has changed without them.

• ‘Acquitted’ is a drama series produced by Miso Film for Norwegian broadcaster TV2. It follows the story of Aksel Borgen, a Norwegian businessman who returns to his native town 20 years after being acquitted of killing his high school sweetheart to find the past has not been forgotten.

• ‘Blue’ stars Hollywood actress Julia Stiles as a young mum who works as an accountant by day and has a secret life as an escort by night. She leads two lives and must juggle constantly to keep these worlds separate. But as Blue is threatened with exposure, she becomes more desperate to shield her son from the truth, forcing her to descend deeper into a world of deception.

• ‘Suspects’ is set in London and focuses on a team of three detectives and their distinctive approaches to the job of policing. Each episode tells contains a hard-hitting and contemporary crime-story – ranging from the disappearance of a solider with post traumatic stress disorder to the hunt for a serial rapist.

Comedy
• ‘Cuckoo’ is a British comedy from Roughcut TV. Ken and Lorna Thompson’s daughter Rachel returns from her gap year with a new husband, Cuckoo (played by Hollywood actor Andy Samberg) – a self-appointed spiritual ninja and every parent’s worst nightmare. Hilarity ensues as Ken and Lorna have no choice but to welcome him into their family home. In series two Cuckoo has gone missing… eventually presumed dead. Two years later and life in the Thompson family house is only just getting back to normal when the fragile equilibrium is well and truly shattered with the appearance of a handsome and mysterious young stranger (played by Taylor Lautner), who looks set to wreak as much havoc as his dearly departed father.

• ‘Birds of a Feather’ follows the lives of sisters, Sharon Theodopolopodous, Tracey Stubbs, and their neighbour Dorien Green. In this classic British comedy, the trio once again embark on a journey tackling the hilarious issues that life throws at them.

• ‘Web Therapy’ season four sees Fiona (Lisa Kudrow), unhappy that everyone she knows is achieving the fame and fortune she herself has been seeking, rebrand and expand her franchise. She begins ‘treating’ an increasingly crazy set of new clients, many of whom fail to grasp that when the doctor is in, what can you do for her? Guest stars in this series include Gwyneth Paltrow, John Hamm, Matthew Perry, Meryl Streep, Meg Ryan, Courteney Cox and Steve Carell.

Lifestyle/Factual
• ‘Jamie’s Comfort Food’ embraces the ritual of cooking dishes. Filmed at Jamie Oliver’s Essex home with friends and family, the series is brimming with inspirational dishes, flavour combinations and cooking.

• ‘I Am Evel Knievel’is a journey of discovery into the life of the greatest daredevil who ever lived. This documentary offers an in-depth look at the rise, fall and ultimate redemption of iconic daredevil, ladies’ man and American hero Robert Craig, aka “Evel” Knievel.

• ‘World’s Toughest Jobs’ follows the journeys of three young Brits who, in a desperate bid to sort out their lives and finances, leave the UK to take on real jobs. If they can hack it, they could earn some serious cash. From fishing in treacherous Arctic sea aboard a Norwegian trawler to cleaning a Canadian skyscraper, can they rise to the challenge and make it through to payday or will the shock of some seriously hard labour send them screaming back to the UK?

• ‘Made In Italy with Silvia Colloca’ sees the show’s host visit three regions of Italy, meeting locals, cooking in their kitchens and allowing viewers a peek inside the true Italian secret of la dolce vita.

Fremantle will also offer a real crime package comprising three shows.

• ‘Bloodlands’ focuses on a fatal locale and the crime that took place there. Using evocative recreations and crackling storytelling, each episode is set in a deadly place and illustrates the brutal details of a murder case tied to this location. First person interviews and recreations on location create a real-time feeling of suspense to get the viewer’s heart racing with every beat of the story, drawing you deeper into the case.

• ‘Your Worst Nightmare’ unravels chilling crimes and terror that seem too fantastical to be real, recreating some of the creepiest and most harrowing crimes ever committed. The storytelling is deliberate and the visuals moody. With spine-tingling plots and cinematic styling, ‘Your Worst Nightmare’ delivers true crime thrillers that will keep the viewers watching week after week.

• ‘Fear Thy Neighbour’ tells the terrifying tales of those with the misfortune to unwittingly take up residence next door to a killer. Each episode recreates the escalating tension of these real-life hellish feuds in gripping detail before reaching a horrifying and violent outcome.

Entertainment
• ‘The X Factor UK’ brings the best wannabe popstars to the stage as the search for the next X Factor begins. Simon Cowell and a group of expert judges will once again pit their skills against each other as they search for that one act that has The X Factor. The ‘X Factor’ is co-produced by Syco Entertainment and Thames (part of FremantleMedia UK).

• ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ is an entertainment series. The judging panel consists of Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon and David Walliams.