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BBC Studios closes Greek format sales

Dancing With The Stars has aired on ANT1 in Greece since 2010

Greek broadcasters have been shopping for formats at BBC Studios (BBCS), with one deal giving talent show hit Dancing With The Stars a new home in the country.

The format, known as Strictly Come Dancing in the UK and one of BBCS’s biggest hits worldwide, has been licensed to Star TV, where the first of two seasons will debut this autumn.

The deal marks the seventh and eighth seasons of the show in the Greek market, following six earlier seasons on rival network ANT1, produced since 2010 by the broadcaster’s in-house prodco Ena Productions.

Meanwhile, Greek commercial network Open Beyond TV has picked up duet singing competition format Just The Two of Us, to be produced over 14×120’ episodes this spring by Athens-based Koklonis Media.

Open Beyond TV poached Nick Kalis, former head of entertainment at Ena Productions and programme director at ANT1, as its new head of programming last summer.

The two Greek deals come soon after classic BBCS gameshow The Weakest Link was licensed by Kapa Studios for a revival on Greek FTA channel Skai, more than 15 years after it ended its run on the now-defunct Mega Channel.

The 100×60’ episode series is currently on air and has Tasos Tryfonos, the host of the Cypriot version on pubcaster CyBC, as the acerbic host. The Cypriot show became a social media sensation after it debuted in 2017 when video highlights went viral in both Cyprus and Greece.

“High-quality and returnable entertainment formats are in high demand in Greece as broadcasters compete for audiences,” said Andre Renaud, senior VP of global format sales for BBCS on the final day of the studio’s Showcase programming event in Liverpool yesterday.

“Greek broadcasters are increasingly looking to BBC Studios and our raft of entertaining formats to meet their demand for compelling and high-impact shows that have proven to deliver audiences in a highly competitive marketplace.”

This week in Liverpool, BBCS announced a remake deal for BBC1 drama The Split with South Korean cable network JTBC, as well as licence deals for UK programming with Youku in China, TVNZ in New Zealand, U-Next in Japan and Viacom18 in India.

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