Super-indie Zodiak Media has optioned Nordic World’s agricultural reality format Farm Factor (pictured) for a number of territories.
Nordic World, the programme sales alliance established and owned by TV2 Norway and TV4 Sweden, reports that its agricultural reality format Farm Factor — credited with making farming sexy with its mix of muck, sweat, tears and tantrums — has been optioned by Zodiak Media for multiple territories.
Zodiak Media has optioned Cwmni Da/Good Company Productions’ Farm Factor for the US, France, Benelux, Norway, Finland, Italy and Spain. The deal, which follows the format’s successful debut in May on DR Denmark, was brokered by Jan Salling, Nordic World’s Chief Operating Officer and Managing Director of Sales, and Grant Ross, Zodiak Media’s newly appointed Executive Vice-President of Global Creative Development and Format Acquisition.
Since debuting on the international market in 2012, Farm Factor has been optioned in six European territories and licensed in China, where CCTV 7 has commissioned an 8 episode run. It has also gone to licence in Sweden where a local adaptation, produced by Zodiak Media company Mastiff Sweden, is set to premiere next year on TV4. Mastiff Denmark also produced the Danish version of the format — Danmarks Bedste Bondrerøv — which pulled in an average channel share of almost 30% for public broadcaster DR this summer.
Jan Salling said: “This deal with Zodiak Media, confirms what we have always known about Farm Factor: that this is a gem of a show with all the makings of a TV classic. It’s not only fun, quirky and heart-warming, but it’s also non-studio, versatile and based on a subject — farming and food — that couldn’t be more universal. In Zodiak Media’s, and Grant’s, safe and experienced hands, Farm Factor has the best possible chance of achieving its full potential.”
Grant Ross added: “I’ve been watching with interest Farm Factor’s steadily growing traction, and the buzz that has been building around this fresh and original show. The show lends itself to casting fantastically colourful characters in the form of the fiercely competitive farmers and showcases them in their vital roles. Following the impressive ratings in Denmark we are optimistic about Sweden’s launch and are looking forward to taking out Farm Factor in other markets.”
Farm Factor sees 10 real farmers on 10 real farms battle it out for the accolade of Farmer Of The Year. All the traditional farming skills — scanning pregnant sows, grinding hooves, driving tractors, shearing sheep — play a part in the fiercely contested challenge, as well as the technological and entrepreneurial talents needed to survive in today’s hard-nosed marketplace.
Farm Factor was devised by Good Company Productions in Ireland, where it ran for four seasons on TG4. In 2009, it crossed the Irish Sea to Wales, where Cwmni Da developed the show into a BAFTA-nominated series for the Welsh-language broadcaster S4C.
About Nordic World:
Nordic World was established in 2005 by TV2 Norway and TV4 Sweden to create new sales opportunities for Nordic content by providing a united export platform. It has since expanded to become one of its region’s strongest distribution brands for content from the Nordic, European and North American independent production sectors. The programme sales alliance now also includes the Amsterdam-based format specialist Absolutely Independent. Nordic World’s pipeline of quality content, which spans drama, documentary and formats, is fed by an expanding network of hubs and alliances from across Europe and the US.
For further information on Nordic World, please contact:
Cheryl Clarke at Mushroom Media on:
Tel: +44 (0)9739554109
About Zodiak Media:
Zodiak Media is the leading independent in entertainment, factual, drama and kids, with over 45 production brands operating in 16 countries. Creating, producing, and selling content across all key genres and broadcast platforms, Zodiak Media owns major properties such as Millennium, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Wife Swap, The Secret Millionaire, The Inbetweeners, Totally Spies, Fort Boyard and Being Human.
Zodiak Rights, the international rights business of Zodiak Media, boasts a growing catalogue of around 20,000 hours of content. Zodiak Rights represents both Zodiak Media programming and formats, and a substantial catalogue of third-party independent content. Zodiak Rights specialises in worldwide television and home entertainment distribution and all aspects of licensing, with highly experienced sales teams in London and Paris, offering a tailored service for producers with the benefit of scale.
Headquartered in Paris and with other key offices in London, Los Angeles, Milan, Stockholm and Moscow, Zodiak Media, majority-owned by giant Italian conglomerate De Agostini, operates across the world as a leading independent studio combining creative flair with financial strength.
For more information visit www.zodiakmedia.com
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