Keshet unveils plans for MipTV 2019

MUMBAI: Television format creator and distributor Keshet International is gearing up for next month’s entertainment content marketplace MipTV in France with a tape series and formats including primetime entertainment format ‘The Great Gardening Challenge’, factual entertainment series ‘The Joint’ and ‘River Hunters’, documentary series ‘Prison Girls: Life Inside’ and three Russian dramas.

The line-up includes eight fresh entertainment and factual series, three new Russian dramas, and returning seasons of six shows.

Headlining KI’s entertainment slate is brand new reality format ‘2025’, where social currency and transparency are the key to success. Set in a near-future city run by six humanoid hosts, Keshet Broadcasting’s landmark new 24×60’/90’ series embroils contestants in a unique game of strategy where status, options, and fate are all determined by the social currency they manage to obtain. The series is currently premiering on Keshet 12 in Israel at the moment.

Its next unscripted highlight is Crackit Productions’ prime time format ‘The Great Gardening Challenge’. Available as both a six episode finished tape and format, this ompetition show follows garden designers as they battle it out to create the most unique and original public gardens in a 48-hour deadline and on a budget. The prime time series originally commissioned for Channel 5 saw British designers take under-used and under-loved outside spaces and transform the lives of truly deserving recipients – from war veterans to care homes for the disabled, hospitals to dementia sufferers.

Two new formats from Tuesday’s Child also feature on the MipTV slate of non-scripted titles. ‘The Hit List’ is a sing-along game show format that sees pairs of contestants competing to be the first to guess the name and artist of well-known songs that is currently in production for BBC One. While The Joint is a fixed-rig relationship format that explores what happens when ordinary people, all with a conflict to solve, sit down and use marijuana as the ice breaker. This 2×45’ series for Channel 4 is also available as finished tape.

Other highlights includes ‘Around the World by Train’, a series, in which Sir Tony Robinson takes a whirlwind journey around the globe, jumping on and off trains across Europe, India, Thailand, Malaysia, Japan, Australia and finally the US.

Meanwhile the documentary series ‘Prison Girls: Life Inside’, gives a look into the extreme lives of women incarcerated in an American jail as they balance love and family with violence and a life of crime.

Filled with adventure is Hello Halo’s ‘River Hunters’ for AETV (History) – available as 8×40’ finished tape and format – which follows US Youtube sensation Beau Ouimette and keen swimmer Rick Edwards on their archaeological quest to uncover the secrets lying beneath the surface of Britain’s waterways.

‘Mortimer And Whitehouse Gone Fishing’ sees comedians and friends Bob Mortimer and Paul Whitehouse cast off for a humorous cross-country fishing trip around the UK’s beauty spots.

‘Busing’ is inspired by social engineering experiments from the ’60s where pupils from an all-white school are exchanged with those from an all-Asian school to overcome social and cultural divides.

‘Spencer’ and Vogue and Baby Too’ sees ‘Made In Chelsea’ star Spencer Matthews and model Vogue Williams embrace the life-changing challenges of first-time parenthood in this brand new fun, emotional and engaging celebrity reality show.

Rounding off the non-scripted slate of finished tape content is a fourth season of ‘World’s Most Evil Killers’, alongside the second season of Koda Communications’ docu-reality series ‘Crime Unit: JLM’) and follow-up series of three shows:

  • ‘Greatest Celebrity Wind Ups Ever!’ is the celebrity practical joke show with first-hand accounts from the brains behind the pranks and the unfortunate stars at the receiving end.
  • ‘Trucking Hell’ follows heavy rescue company Crouch Recovery risk life and limb to perform extreme rescue missions and keep Britain’s roads moving.
  • Fly-on-the-wall docu-series ‘Casualty 24/7’ invites viewers to join the medical team for a shift in the ER to discover what’s really going on in the hearts and minds of those who care for over 2,000 patients every week.

Heading KI’s scripted slate are three new Russian dramas. Crime thriller ‘The Crow’ follows Anna, a brilliant yet complex detective who realizes too late that a murder happened on her watch. Now, she will stop at nothing to find the killer in this gripping and atmospheric investigative drama. Superhero drama ‘Schubert’follows a covert operative whose unique hearing gift allows him to solve the most intricate crimes. In the detective thriller ‘Beyond Death’ an unlikely investigative duo team up to unravel the mystery behind a corpse rising from the dead in this drama that blends the paranormal with traditional science.

A second season of the teen thriller ‘In the Vault’ ties up KI’s scripted offering. One year after the suspicious death of a college freshman at Woodlawn College, one of the students is kidnapped and a new mystery begins at..

Keshet International COO, president of distribution Keren Shahar said, “This slate demonstrates our commitment to showcasing premium and innovative content on a global stage. We’re thrilled to be launching three new Russian dramas from NTV alongside a host of high calibre English-language finished tape and formats from some of the best in the business, accessed through our relationship with Greenbird Media. These – alongside our pioneering reality show 2025, with its new social currency concept – make us feel confident that we’re bringing to market something for every buyer.”

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