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November 24, 2020

Win Your Country wins Best Game Show!

Castiga Romania(Win Your Country) wins this year’s TV Mania award for Best Game show, beating the likes of legendary formats Wheel of Fortune, Family Feud and Cash Cab!

June 23, 2020

MGM Television Strikes First-Look Deal With ‘Better Late Than Never’ Formats Firm Small World IFT

EXCLUSIVE: MGM Television is searching out international formats with U.S. potential after striking a deal with Small World IFT, the company behind NBC’s Better Late Than Never.

Small World IFT was founded by former Sony exec Tim Crescenti, the man who discovered the Japanese format that became ABC’s Shark Tank and BBC’s Dragon’s Den.

MGM Television’s Unscripted & Alternative Television and Orion Television division, led by Barry Poznick, will work closely with Crescenti to discover global formats to bring to U.S. screens.

Small World IFT repped Korean format Grandpas Over Flowers, from CJ E&M, which became NBC’s Better Late Than Never, featuring Henry Winkler, William Shatner, George Foreman and Terry Bradshaw.

It was also responsible for selling Danish format Big In Japan to ABC, which adapted it as I Survived a Japanese Game Show. Other formats in its library included Romanian gameshow Win Your Country!, which at one point Whoopi Goldberg was developing in the U.S. with Ellen’s Game of Games’ Noah Bonnett and Wahlburgers producer 44 Blue Productions, and Swedish format Blackout, a social experiment that follows a group of strangers when all of the electricity disappears from society.

It has also partnered with the likes of Hollywood Game Night producer Mission Control Media on Israeli format Come To Bed, which follows five unique couples and families at bedtime. Crescenti has said it got “quite a long way down the road” with Quibi on that project before the short-form platform “backed away”.

Prior to launching Small World IFT in 2005, Crescenti, known for being a man constantly out on the road with his wife Colleen tracking down new titles, was VP, International for Fox World and VP, International Formats for Sony Pictures Television International.

Small World IFT also previously had a relationship with Kew Media, which went bust earlier this year. Under the new deal, Small World will continue to operate independently, with MGM support and resources. The multi-year deal is MGM’s latest initiative from the studio’s Global Formats team, which in late 2019 launched the studio’s non-scripted UK division, headed by former C4 exec Dom Bird.

“Tim has his pulse on what’s going on globally with new, exciting, yet to be discovered IP.  He has a unique ability to source amazing formats from the far reaches of the globe and a proven track record of delivering content that not only works domestically, but around the world,” said Scot Cru, Executive Vice President of Global Formats and Unscripted Content at MGM.

“The format market has changed out of all recognition since Colleen and I launched Small World back in 2005. These days, finding a strong format with universal appeal isn’t enough — to bring it successfully to market, you need an equally strong partner that shares the same values and vision. We know we’ve found that friend and ally in Scot and his fantastic team at MGM. For us, this is not just a game-changing deal, but the strongest possible vote of confidence in Small World’s prospects and potential. After all, partners don’t come much bigger or better than MGM.”

May 12, 2020

Better Late Than Never Netherlands Season Two Debuts to Huge Ratings

RTL4 in the Netherlands launched the second season of the reality series ‘Beter Laat Dan Nooit’ to 1.08 million viewers and a 16.5% audience share in the 6+ on Tuesday, May 5, above the average. The local adaptation of the format Grandpas over Flowers in which the host goes on a trip to Latin America with four senior celebrities.

Source: SKO / RTL4. Prod: Blue Circle (Fremantle) / The Wit

April 23, 2020

Grandpas Over Flowers renewed in the Netherlands and picked up for development in the UK by Graham Norton’s So Television

South Korean unscripted format Grandpas Over Flowers (aka Better Late Than Never) has been renewed in the Netherlands and picked up for development in the UK.

Dutch commercial broadcaster RTL4 has picked up the format for a second season after extending the licence deal it struck with US-based format distributor Small World IFT for season one.

Fremantle-owned Blue Circle is producing the six-episode new season, which was shot in South America earlier this year and will debut in the 20.30 slot on May 5. With a new host in actor Katja Schuurman, the show was shot in Surinam, Mexico, Cuba and Brazil and production was completed a few weeks before the Covid-19 pandemic shuttered productions worldwide.

RTL4’s first season of the show aired in summer 2018, and the Netherlands is one of 10 countries where the format from Korea’s CJ ENM has been picked up for local production. As well as South Korea, the format has also been produced for broadcasters in the US, Italy, Turkey, France, Thailand, Poland, Israel and China.

In related news, Irish TV presenter Graham Norton’s UK-based and ITV-owned production company So Television has acquired the rights to the format to develop for the UK market, after a deal with Small World.

Small World president Tim Crescenti told C21 that further options for the format had been inked with companies in Australia, Belgium, India and Portugal.

“In these crazy times, when people can’t even leave their homes, getting to travel vicariously through this fun format is fantastic. Plus you get top-notch entertainment with these veteran celebs – sort of like travel porn,” Crescenti said.

“Secondly, we are proud to announce a recent agreement with Graham Norton’s So TV with Graham Stuart for a UK adaptation of Better Late Than Never, aka Grandpas Over Flowers. Likely Graham Norton and Graham Stuart will be executive producers as they begin to develop it over the summer.”

Based on the original format Grandpas Over Flowers, which secured record-breaking viewing figures on CJ-owned channel TVN in South Korea, the reality format features four celebrities of a certain age and one young backpacker, who go on a daunting journey together.

Diane Min, format sales manager at CJ ENM, said she was “thrilled to have Grandpas Over Flowers renewed in the Netherlands. I hope it can entertain Dutch fans with travel, sightseeing and chemistry between the cast.”


April 3, 2020

5 Tips for TV Game Show Producers, from Small World IFT’s Tim Crescenti

Are you choosing ideas to take to market? What do broadcasters want to see before they commit? Click here to read format business veteran Tim Crescenti’s top 5 tips for TV Game Show Producers navigating the marketplace in conversation with reporter Andy Fry.

March 8, 2020

Sabrina Sato on Big in Japan!

Big in Japan launches tonight with host Sabrina Sato from the Domingo Show in Brazil on Record TV at 11PM!
VIDEO in comments: Contestants dressed up in rat suits are blindfolded and have to catch bottles of milk as they fall from a conveyor. Yup, sounds Big in Japan has brought the craziness to televisions in Brazil and around the world!

February 28, 2020

A Win for the format “Win Your Country!”

“Win Romania” or locally known as “Castiga Romania”, returns on March 30th on TVR 2 for it’s 7th season!

A huge congratulations to TVR family and “Casta Romania!” crew. Read the article.