ELECTUS INTERNATIONAL UNVEILS SLATE FOR MIPTV 2015
Los Angeles, CA (April 9, 2015) -- Multimedia entertainment studio Electus, an operating business of IAC (NASDAQ: IACI), today announced the programming slate Electus International will be bringing to market at MIPTV 2015 in Cannes, France. The studio's offerings reflect a mix of scripted, unscripted, and event programming, and include original series concepts developed by Electus and its partners, as well as successful third party series that Electus has acquired for international distribution. Electus International will be located at stand R8:B18.
"We have a proven track record of bringing the best and most diverse titles to market, and this year's MIPTV slate is no different," said John Pollak, President of Electus International. "These series represent our strong commitment to developing and distributing quality programming that will entertain, excite, challenge, and inspire audiences worldwide."
The Raft (6x60 for National Geographic Channel): What happens when two people are stranded in the middle of the open ocean in a life raft? No food, no shelter, no relief. All they have is their own ingenuity and miles and miles of endless ocean. This show is a social experiment - pushing people to the extreme. The goal? To last seven days at sea and hit land. They will battle the scorching tropical sun, high seas, ferocious storms, hunger, thirst, and man-eating predators... But fair warning: survival isn't dependent on individual persistence and determination alone. There are two people in this challenge, and they each control each other's fate. If one wants to quit, all they have to do is shoot a flare, and the adventure is over for the both of them.
Jane the Virgin [Format Only] (S1: 22x60, S2: 22x60 for The CW): The Golden Globe nominated series Jane The Virgin, produced by CBS TV Studios, is an adaptation of the Venezuelan telenovela Juana La Virgen. The CW series chronicles the story of aspiring writer Jane Villanueva, played by Golden Globe winning actress Gina Rodriguez, who is accidentally artificially inseminated and subsequently struggles to navigate her relationships with the biological father, her boyfriend and her religious mother. Written by Jennie Snyder Urman and executive produced by Electus founder Ben Silverman, Jane The Virgin won the People's Choice Award for Favorite New TV Comedy, Gina Rodriguez picked up the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a TV Comedy and the series was nominated for best TV Comedy at the Golden Globes Awards.
Bellator (16 Fights (12 x 120, 4 x 180), Specials TBD +Back Catalog and previous tournament seasons for Spike): Bellator MMATM was founded in 2008 and is one of the largest mixed martial arts (MMA) promotions in the world. Offering the most exciting sporting events for fans and viewers, and featuring some of the world's top-athletes, Bellator upholds the value of the sport and its fighters, while showcasing the personality and showmanship that makes MMA the most exciting sport in the world. Owned by American global media company Viacom, Bellator airs live on Spike TV, and has reached over 100 million, weekly, since it made its Spike debut in January 2013.
Bear Grylls: Mission Survive (6x60 for ITV (UK)): Mentored by Bear Grylls, eight celebrities learn to navigate difficult terrain, build shelter, make fire and eat food that nature provides to survive a 12 day mission. 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. Actors, and cousins, Emilia Fox and Laurence Fox, singer and actor Max George, double Olympic champion Dame Kelly Holmes, TV presenter and singer Jamelia, comedy actor Tom Rosenthal, DJ, Model and presenter Vogue Williams and former England International rugby player Mike Tindall, make up the celebrity expedition team.
Outlaw Country (7x60 for WGN): From Bischoff Hervey Entertainment, Outlaw Country chronicles the perennial battle between law enforcement and crime by following Mike and Steve Cook, brothers who act as Chief of Police and head of the Buckner Criminal Task Force, respectively, as they clash with John and Josh Monk, brothers they suspect are responsible for the town's surge in crime. Producers were given full access to both the police force and the Monk brothers' camp, providing an unprecedented look at crime in a small town, from both sides of the law.
Style By Jury (6x30 for TLC): Hosted by style experts Louise Roe and Preston Konrad, each episode of Style By Jury features fashion felons accused of committing some of the most terrible "style crimes" as they are put on trial. But this is no ordinary courtroom; they will be secretly critiqued behind a two-way mirror by a jury of their peers, and confronted with what kind of first impression their physical appearance is making to the outside world. The verdict may not be pretty, and each offender will be sentenced to undergo a dramatic makeover transformation to help bring her inner confidence and beauty out for the world to see. In addition to learning new styling techniques, fashion offenders will undergo hair and makeup improvements to help enhance their dramatic transformations. As the makeover process comes to an end, the fashion offender faces an all new jury and is given a second chance to make a first impression.
Food Fighters (S1: 8x60, S2: 10x60 for NBC): In this epic kitchen battle, home cooks go head-to-head with the most formidable professional chefs in America! Fighting their way to the grand prize with access to only three culinary lifelines, home cooks climb the money ladder with the winnings increasing with every chef they knock out. The completed dishes will be tasted by an esteemed panel of culinary judges at "The Dinner Party." If the home cooks can defend all of their signature dishes against the culinary power houses, they'll take home the $100,000 grand prize!
Dating Naked (S1: 11x60, S2: 10x60 for VH1. Tape and Format available.): From Lighthearted Entertainment, this new social experiment provides daters with a radical dating experience in which they bare everything else before baring their souls. Each week on a primitive island resort, far from the masks of modern society, daters go on exotic dates and are naked every step of the way. The series follows two primitive daters as each go on a total of three naked dates, including their first date with each other. At the end of the experience they choose which of their naked dates they would like to continue dating back home.
Operation Change (S1: 10x60, S2: 10x60 for OWN. Tape and format available.): From Articulus Entertainment, Operation Change is a groundbreaking television event about one family's quest to make the world a better place for everyone. Bill and Tani Austin and their son Steven Sawalich travel the globe to uncover some of the world's greatest unsung heroes. This series gives the audience unprecedented access to some of the most dangerous, desolate and poverty-stricken places in the world. Joined by celebrities including former President Bill Clinton, Sir Richard Branson, Sir Elton John, Donna Karan, Maria Bello, Marlee Matlin, Bill Rancic, Manny Pacquiao, Harry Connick Jr and His Holiness the Dali Lama, the Austin family's foundation, The Starkey Hearing Foundation, tackles some of the most challenging issues plaguing the globe.
Dog and Beth: On the Hunt (S1: 21 x 60, 1 x 90, 1 x 120, S2: 11x60, S3: 12x60 for CMT. Tape and format available.): The world's most renowned bounty hunters, Dog and Beth Chapman are back with their trademark no holds-barred candor and strong belief in second chances, but this time the Chapmans motivate and inspire local bondsmen and bounty hunters during adrenaline-filled hunts, all while showing their contemporaries a few new tricks along the way. Dog and Beth join forces with son Leland in launching a national education and fugitive finding mission. They crisscross the United States to support and advise fellow bondsmen and bounty hunters, and together they chase the most cunning, notorious and dangerous fugitives on the streets today.
Gus Worland: Marathon Man (6x30 for Foxtel (Australia). Tape and format available.): Gus Worland: Marathon Man follows the transformation of Australian radio host and media personality Gus Worland from an overweight, unhealthy couch potato to a lean, mean, marathon man after he accepts a life-changing challenge from his best mate, Hugh Jackman. Viewers follow Gus on his incredible journey as he changes his eating habits and pounds the pavement in his bid to shed at least 40kgs in six months. Mentored by professional fitness coach and nutritionist Brad Pamp, Gus is set weekly missions, from spending time on a real Aussie farm to climbing Australia's tallest mountain. Additional weekly challenges, from colonic irrigation to a full body wax, keep him motivated. Gus risks his reputation and ridicule, but the rewards are bigger - health, happiness, family bliss and the thrill of overcoming mission impossible.
Online Dating Rituals of the Modern Male (S1: 6x60 for Bravo): The booming world of online dating is unmasked, from the male perspective, in Online Dating Rituals of the Modern Male. Each week, the show follows two men as they hunt for their ideal partner (or fling!). Viewers will get an inside-look at the male psyche, from the early stages of searching and communicating online, to landing a date with a potential match. The series features a variety of men, from the typical "romantic" searching for his one true love, to the guy whose goal is strictly getting lucky. From earnest romance to cringe-worthy moments, viewers will get a taste of the trials and tribulations that come along with dating in the digital age.
Southern Justice (8x60 for National Geographic Channel): The Sullivan County and Ashe County Sheriffs' Offices bring us true stories from these two counties in the Blue Grass Mountains of Appalachia. From 24/7 ride-alongs with deputies to real-time crime investigations to personal drama inside jails and courtrooms, these dramatic true stories of Sullivan County TN and Ashe County NC bring an unprecedented look at Appalachia, where guns, drugs and alcohol challenge lawmen 24/7.
Electus is the first integrated multimedia entertainment studio to unite producers, creators, advertisers and distributors under one roof and produce all forms of content for distribution across a variety of platforms around the world, including: broadcast, cable, digital, OTT and various emerging technologies. The company connects advertisers, distributors and content creators early on in the development process, enabling marketers and advertisers to be true partners in campaigns and content creation. Electus International, the global distribution arm of Electus, is responsible for all international sales and distribution for Electus' programming and its studio partners as well as programs and formats from other well-known 3rd party providers. Electus is an operating business of IAC [NASDAQ: IACI]. For more information on Electus, visit www.electus.com.