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Grylls scoops Format Awards double

MIPFORMATS: Bear Grylls took home two of the eight prizes on offer at the 2016 International Format Awards here in Cannes this evening.

The winners of this year's International Format Awards

The winners of this year’s International Format Awards

Bear Grylls: Mission Survive, which was produced by Electus and Betty for ITV in the UK, won the Best Competition Reality Format while Grylls was also named Best Host of a Television Format.

The show sees eight celebrities face a 12-day survival mission, battling difficult terrain and weather to build shelter and scavenge for food.

The Best Studio-Based Gameshow Format also went to an ITV show – hypnotism series You’re Back in the Room, which is being sold round the world by BBC Worldwide. Spike’s breakout hit Lip Sync Battle was beaten in that category, but did take Best Comedy Format.

French drama series The Last Cop, which aired originally on TF1, took the Best Scripted Format prize.

Over 220 formats made the online final, judged by more than 20 of the world’s leading formats buyers over the past four weeks.

Industry veteran Gary Carter, once of Endemol and FremantleMedia, received the Formats Gold Award presented by C21 Media/EMC and Frapa, in association with MipFormats. The Gold Award is given annually to executives who have made an outstanding contribution to the formats business.

The awards took place at Club C21 in Cannes this evening, with a gala dinner and ceremony hosted by interior design guru Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen who recently teamed up with fledgling UK indie FormatZone to work on a new series.

A full list of the nominees in each category can be read here, and a playlist featuring all entrants is available here.

The full list of winners is as follows…

Best Brand-Driven Format

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The Outlet Challenge
Produced by: Strix Television
For: Channel 5 Sweden
Distributed by: DRG

In a small village in Sweden lies one of the biggest retail outlets in all of northern Europe: Gekås. Each year more than 4.8 million customer visits the outlet to find bargins and to shop. In this format, the outlet’s chief goes on a search for the next big sales success. Anyone from around the country can enter their product into this grand competition, and each episode finds a new winner whose product will be sold in the store.

Best Studio-Based Gameshow Format

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You’re Back in the Room
Produced by: Tuesday’s Child
For: ITV
Distributed by: BBC Worldwide

You’re Back in the Room is a comedy gameshow with a twist. Five complete strangers take on a series of simple games, but all is not as it seems, as each of the contestants has been hypnotized. Airing on ITV in 2015, the show rated as the number one new entertainment launch that year. The format is already licensed in six countries: France, the Netherlands, Australia, Colombia, the US and Slovenia, with options in multiple territories including Belgium, Chile, Denmark, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Portugal and Spain.

Best Scripted Format

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The Last Cop
Produced by: Original production – ITV Studios Germany
For: Sat.1 Germany
Distributed by: Red Arrow International

The Last Cop is a major scripted format that proved a ratings hit in France, Japan and Russia in 2015. The French remake, Falco, outperformed TF1’s local series average share by 12%. The latest adaptation of The Last Cop has arrived on Channel 5 in Russia, breaking all ratings records. The new version premiered in November 2015 and beat the channel’s average share by over 78%, reaching 15.2% in the key 29-59 demographic.

Best Multi-Platform Format

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The Last Hours of Laura K
Produced by: BBC Writersroom
For: BBC Writersroom/BBC Taster

The Last Hours of Laura K is an immersive online murder mystery and ground-breaking digital experience placing the audience at the heart of the story. Using 24 hours of footage from fictional surveillance programme Saturneye, the multi-platform offering is a disconcertingly intimate, unfiltered and impartial look into Laura’s last hours before her death. To find the killer, users have to immerse themselves in the characters’ digital lives via their Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram profiles to help them identify the killer. The drama was shortlisted for Prix Italia’s Best Digital Storytelling prize and won gold at the Lovie Awards 2015.

Best Comedy Format

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Lip Sync Battle
Produced by: Casey Patterson Entertainment, Matador Content, 8 Million Plus Productions
For: Spike USA

In April 2015, Lip Sync Battle became an overnight sensation. Derived from a segment on Jimmy Fallon’s show in the US and worked into a stand-alone half-hour, this studio-based gameshow pits two celebrities in a comedic battle to see who can lip sync popular songs the best. Upon its arrival at Mip, the format had instant global appeal. In less than a year it has been adapted in nine territories on three continents, with more in development. The US second season has already broken ratings records for Spike, with a third season confirmed – proving that sometimes the simplest ideas are the best.

Best Competition Reality Format

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Bear Grylls: Mission Survive
Produced by: Electus, Betty, Bear Grylls Ventures
For: ITV

Eight celebrities face a 12-day survival mission unlike anything they’ve ever experienced before. To stay alive they must learn to navigate difficult terrain, build shelter, make fire and eat food that nature provides. From abseiling down ferocious waterfalls, crossing perilous rapids, trudging through swamps and eating rats and scorpions, this is an epic adventure in the rainforest of Costa Rica.

Best Host of a Television Format

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Bear Grylls: Mission Survive – Bear Grylls
Produced by: Electus, Betty, Bear Grylls Ventures
For: ITV
Distributed by: Electus

Eight celebrities face a 12-day survival mission unlike anything they’ve ever experienced before. To stay alive they must learn to navigate difficult terrain, build shelter, make fire and eat food that nature provides. From abseiling down ferocious waterfalls, crossing perilous rapids, trudging through swamps and eating rats and scorpions, this is an epic adventure in the rainforest of Costa Rica.

Best Factual Entertainment Format

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The Secret Life of 4 Year Olds
Produced by: RDF Television
For: Channel 4
Distributed by: Zodiak Rights

This format takes us into one of the most sensitive and carefully protected environments on Earth, a high-pressure world filled with tears, laughter, drama, politics, power struggles and larger-than-life characters. A world that has never before been subject to the scrutiny of the camera’s lens.
For the first time, we watch as 10 young children meet for the first time at nursery and interact in unprecedented, intimate detail. Thought-provoking, entertaining and genuinely surprising, this is an utterly compelling look into The Secret Life of 4 Years Olds.

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