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European broadcasters opt for family-friendly formats from Red Arrow

RTL in Germany is lining up an adaptation of Buying Blind

Broadcasters around Europe have acquired a number of unscripted formats, including Buying Blind and Don’t Stop the Music, from Red Arrow Studios International.

RTL in Germany has commissioned a version of home improvement format Buying Blind, produced by Redseven Entertainment, to air this month.

Additionally, SBS in Belgium has ordered a fourth season of its adaptation of the series, produced by Zodiak Belgium, while in the Netherlands, RTL is in production on its fifth season, produced by Wise Monkeys and set to air in 2022.

Created by Kinetic Content and originally produced by Snowman Productions for TV3 in Denmark, Buying Blind sees a family hand their life savings to experts to purchase them a home without ever having seen it.

In Germany, Don’t Stop the Music has been commissioned by ZDF for a local version to be produced by Redseven Entertainment.

Originally created and produced by Artemis Media for ABC in Australia in association with Screen Australia, Screenwest and Lottery West, the uplifting social experiment format follows children from an underprivileged school as a groundbreaking new music programme is introduced.

Also in Germany, Vox has commissioned the topical factual entertainment format Meat the Family, which debuted recently and is produced by Redseven Entertainment.

Originally produced by Spun Gold TV for Channel 4 in the UK, the series sees four meat-eating families welcome the animal they most frequently serve for dinner into their homes to re-evaluate their relationship with food.

Additionally, Redseven is producing a 10th season of The Taste, following a recommission by Sat.1 in Germany.

In the format, originally created and produced by Kinetic Content for ABC in the US, contestants must compete for the judges’ approval based on the blind tasting of a single spoonful of food.

NPO in the Netherlands has ordered season two of gameshow format Block Out, which will be produced by Tin Can.

Originally created by Nippon TV, RedArrow Studios and July August Productions, the format sees players, each with their backs literally against a wall, battle it out in a variety of physical games, combining trivia, strategy and chance.

The deals were brokered by Tobias Schulze, VP of sales in French- and German-speaking Europe/Benelux, at RedArrow Studios International, who said: “Broadcasters are continuing to look for uplifting, buzzy and family-friendly unscripted content with a successful track record that will drive schedules and provide co-viewing opportunities.”

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