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ITV, Electus win big at Format Awards

MIPFORMATS: ITV Studios, Electus and Scandi formats veteran Annie Wegelius were the big winners at C21’s International Format Awards dinner in Cannes on the opening night of MipFormats.

C21's David Jenkinson, Nordic World's Jan Salling, award winner Annie Wegelius, Reed Midem's Garaude, EMC's Christopher Fey and host Tiff Stevenson. SWPix

C21’s David Jenkinson, Nordic World’s Jan Salling, award winner Annie Wegelius, Reed Midem’s Garaude, EMC’s Christopher Fey and host Tiff Stevenson. SWPix

The event, organised together with Frapa and Entertainment Master Class, and sponsored by Nordic World, ITV Studios Global Entertainment and Armoza Formats saw 10 of the world’s best formats selected by a panel of 30 expert judges.

ITVSGE won two awards – for Best Multi-Platform Format for the secret Life of Students, which it distributes for Raw TV, and the Best Factual Entertainment format, which went to 24 Hours in Police Custody from ITV-owned producer The Garden.

Electus took home Best Scripted format for CBS’s Jane the Virgin, which it produces with CBS Television Studios. Adam Richman was named Best Host of a Reality Format for Food Fighters, produced by Electus and Universal Television. Electus International distributes both shows.

Media entrepreneur and former SVT director of programmes Wegelius received the International Formats Gold Award, presented in association with MipFormats, in recognition of her long service to the formats industry. Afterwards she told C21 the next big break-out success in formats would be driven by new technology.

She said: “When you look back at the big changes in the formats industry it’s almost always on the back of new technology – premium telephony, non-linear editing and so on. Everything is a version of everything else until somebody says ‘what happens if we take a house and put 24 cameras in there with new technology?’

“I’m always optimistic, but the production industry as a whole has a huge challenge. Production budgets, particularly in the Nordics, are not increasing. The digital platforms are just another way of dividing profits and revenue.”

The full list of winners is below, as part of C21’s latest Hot Properties Playlist. The playlist is available to view through C21Screenings and the C21Screen app, or simply click on the images.

My Mom Cooks Better Than Yours

My Mom Cooks Better Than Yours

Best Studio Based Gameshow Format
My Mom Cooks Better Than Yours
Producer: Mandarina
Distributor: FremantleMedia International
A highly entertaining culinary gameshow which mixes together food, comedy, competition and family clashes in a bid to win a tasty cash prize.

Jane The Virgin

Jane The Virgin

Best Scripted Format
Jane the Virgin
Producers: CBS Television Studios, Electus
Distributor: Electus International
Comedy drama about a woman who is accidentally artificially inseminated and struggles to navigate her relationships with the biological father, her boyfriend and her religious mother, developed in conjunction with RCTV.

The Secret Life Of Students

The Secret Life Of Students

Best Multi-platform Format
The Secret Life of Students
Producer: Raw TV
Distributor: ITV Studios Global Entertainment
A unique insight into the secret digital lives of the nation’s youth. Taking observational documentary to a new level with state-of-the-art technology that tracks participants parallel digital lives.

... And The Rest Is History

… And The Rest Is History

Best Comedy Format
…And The Rest Is History
Producer: Woestijnvis
Distributor: The New Flemish Primitives
A lighthearted, humorous panel show celebrating 5,000 years of human silliness, delving deep into the archives to uncover some the most implausible and incredible stories of the past.

Adam Looking For Eve

Adam Looking For Eve

Best Competition Reality Format
Adam Looking for Eve
Producer: Eyeworks Netherlands
Distributor: Warner Brothers International Television Production
A unique dating experiment with the first meeting naked on an island. Resulted in the highest rating new show for the channel in four years when it debuted last year in the Netherlands.

Adam Richman - Food Fighters

Adam Richman – Food Fighters

Best Host of a Television Format
Adam Richman – Food Fighters
Producer: Electus, Universal Television
Distributor: Electus International
Also known for Man Vs Food, Richman searches for the best home cooks in America as they put their best dishes to the test in a head-to-head battle against professional chefs for NBC’s Food Fighters.

24 Hours in Police Custody

24 Hours in Police Custody

Best Factual Entertainment Format
24 Hours in Police Custody
Producer: The Garden
Distributor: ITV Studios Global Entertainment
Filmed by a combination of fixed rig and handheld cameras, this observational series provides a revealing insight into the day-to-day challenges and inner workings of a busy police station.

BFF

BFF

Best Brand Driven Format
BFF
Producer: Nordisk Film TV
Distributor: Banijay International
Produced by Nordisk and TV2 Zulu in association with mega brand Carlsberg, BFF (Best Friends Forever) is a bold, hidden camera show celebrating male friendship with fun and humour.

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