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NBCUI takes Sky shows to Cannes

The Big Hospital Experiment

Comcast-owned NBCUniversal International Formats (NBCUI) is bringing content from a wide range of studios to Mipcom, where it will offer shows from the now-defunct Sky Vision for the first time.

Sky Vision officially completed its transition into NBCUI and ceased to exist at the start of the month. This followed NBCUI parent Comcast’s takeover of European satcaster Sky, which was approved last year. The whole Sky Vision catalogue is now part of NBCUI’s distribution slate.

Former Sky Vision shows on offer at next week’s market in Cannes include Big Hospital Experiment (4×60’), which was originally produced by Sky Studios’ Blast! Films. The format aims to discover whether a group of young volunteers can help relieve the pressures of hospital staff and make a positive impact on patient care.

Shows from Universal Television Alternative Studio (UTAS), NBCUniversal International Studios and Viola Davis and Julius Tennon’s JuVee Productions are also on the NBUCI Mipcom slate.

Titles include hit NBC comedy series Bring the Funny (10×60’), which was originally produced by UTAS. The show pays homage to every style of comedy performance and encapsulates a night out at a world-class comedy club. The format has already been picked up in France by prodco WeMake and in French Canada by ComediHa!.

Another format headliner on NBCUI’s slate is Britain’s Best Parent? (5×60’), produced by Monkey. It features unorthodox parenting styles and questions whether a perfect parenting philosophy really exists. A studio audience votes on which parenting style is best after parents compete.

JuVee Productions’ In a Man’s World (4×60’) is also coming to Mipcom, having premiered on US cable network Bravo last week. The social experiment format sees women disguised as men to experience life as the opposite sex.

NBCUIF has also acquired a new third-party format from Israel. Quizshow You Should Know presents contestants with photos from their social media feeds and tasks them with answering general knowledge questions related to the places, food, activities, hobbies and events depicted in them.

The company will also bring a range of scripted content to Mipcom, including Matchbox Pictures’ family drama The Heights (30×30’ or 15×60’) and The Bold Type (30×60’) from Universal Television, UCP drama The Sinner (24×60’) and Hoodlum Entertainment’s comedy-drama Five Bedrooms (8×60’).


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