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Fremantlemedia unveils MipTV slate

MUMBAI: Television format creator and distributor Fremantlemedia’s Rob Clark has written a blog post on what the company will offer at next month’s content marketplace MipTV in France.

“This year’s slate is eclectic in its variety, but underpinned by a common thread. They all push the boundaries: whether that’s seamlessly merging two distinct but hugely popular genres; using cutting edge technology to create the next generation of family entertainment; or exploring strategic gameplay.”

First up is ‘The Next TV Chef’ which has been created by FremantleMedia’s Dutch production house Blue Circle. “It combines FremantleMedia’s world-renowned expertise in creating competitive arc talent shows with the hugely popular food genre. This show searches the country for the new rock stars of TV: the next TV chef superstar, able to combine gastronomic flair with the ability to hold an audience in the palm of their hand with their charm and charisma.”

Staying with food, but approaching the genre in a completely fresh and original way, is ‘The Chefs’ Line’, from Eureka Productions. Packed full of drama, emotion and delicious dishes, this must-watch David vs Goliath style battle sees four home cooks take on the culinary skills of the professionals: from apprentice through to head chef. Effortlessly diverse with new cuisine, restaurants and contestants each week, this show challenges our belief of what makes a great cook – experience or passion?

“We’ll be officially unveiling our ground-breaking ‘Lost in Time’ at this market. A first-of-its-kind primetime gameshow that brings Hollywood special effects to the TV screen using Interactive Mixed Reality™ (IMR), ‘Lost in Time’ immerses contestants in a series of video-game-like worlds where they compete in a series of epic challenges – first as a team, then as individuals – in order to win a jackpot prize. Developed in partnership with The Future Group, the team behind the amazing special effects found in ‘The Matrix’, the show incorporates an app that works on tablets or smartphones and transports the users into a virtual Lost in Time world where they can play in real time against both show contestants and others from across the country. It has a truly unique appeal to every generation in the family because it allows them to enjoy the show regardless of what device they use to engage with it,” said Clark.

Lightening the tone in the slate is Skylark’s ‘Flashback’, a fun and highly entertaining studio-based format, which sees three celebrities each re-live a ‘flashback’ to an embarrassing – but hilarious – story in their past, as told from the unique viewpoint of a close friend or family member, and re-enacted by the show’s troupe of actors.

Finally, there are two new shows showcasing strategic gameplay in fascinating ways. Abot Hameiri’s ‘I Know’ is a mould-breaking new primetime series which explores not only a contestant’s general knowledge, but also their basic human behaviour, as they build and destroy alliances with team members in order to generate – and keep – the biggest possible jackpot.

‘The Game of Love’, created by FM France, on the other hand, is a game of detection and deception in which four couples and six singletons, secluded on a paradise island, turn amateur sleuths to guess who is paired up in order to win a cash prize. The couples need to be smart, sneaky – and manipulative – in order to throw the others off their scent and take home their prize money.