ELECTUS INTERNATIONAL UNVEILS FORMAT SLATE FOR MIPCOM 2015
Los Angeles, CA - (September 22, 2015)-- Multimedia entertainment studio Electus, an operating business of IAC [NASDAQ: IACI], today unveiled highlights of its television programming slate from its global distribution arm, Electus International. This new block of television programming, which all premiered or had new seasons air this summer, includes original series concepts developed by Electus and its creative partners, as well as successful third party series that Electus has acquired for international distribution. These will be brought to market at MIPCOM in Cannes, France, which begins on October 5, 2015. Electus International will be located at stand R8:B18.
"Our new lineup represents our strong commitment to bringing quality programming with a global appeal to the market," said John Pollak, president of Electus International. "We are pleased to bring a diverse slate of titles to MIPCOM this year, many of which have already proven to be massive successes in the U.S."
The slate includes:
Separation Anxiety: The game show you don't know you're on! One half of the couple thinks they're playing a small Internet game show where the top prize is $2,500. But their partner who is on the main stage with the host and the audience knows it's really $250,000! A comedic, relationship-based show featuring a unique twist that isn't revealed to contestants until after they've played the game! (14x60 for TBS)
Running Wild with Bear Grylls: Famed adventurer and survivalist Bear Grylls takes celebrities into the wildest and most remote locations in the world for a 48-hour journey of a lifetime. The celebrities partnered one-on-one with Grylls in their own stand-alone episodes include actress Kate Winslet (Titanic), actor Zac Efron (Neighbors), actress Kate Hudson (Almost Famous), actor-director Ben Stiller (Zoolander, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty), actor and comedian Ed Helms (The Hangover), actor Channing Tatum (22 Jump Street), actress Michelle Rodriguez (Furious 7), among many others. From skydiving into the Catskill Mountains, to rappelling down the cliffs of Utah and battling torrential wind and rain in Scotland, Grylls and each celebrity push both their minds and bodies to the limit to successfully complete their journey. (S1: 6x60, S2: 8x60 for NBC)
Jane the Virgin: An adaptation of the Venezuelan telenovela Juana La Virgen, the CW series chronicles the story of aspiring teacher Jane Villanueva who is accidentally artificially inseminated and struggles to navigate her relationships with the biological father, her boyfriend and her religious mother. (S1: 22x60, S2: 22x60 for CW)
Food Fighters: Food Fighters is a high-stakes culinary game show that takes the best amateur home cooks in America out of their kitchens and puts their cooking skills and best recipes to the test. In this epic kitchen battle, the home cooks go head-to-head with the most formidable professional chefs in America! The completed dishes will be tasted by everyday Americans at "The Dinner Party." If the home cooks can defend all of their signature dishes against the culinary powerhouses, they'll take home the $100,000 grand prize! (S1: 8x60, S2: 10x60 for NBC)
Fameless: From the mischievous mind of David Spade comes Fameless - a genre-busting prank show that features an unsuspecting group of wannabe stars who think they have been cast on an actual reality show - and they have. Each week, a hilarious team of improv actors takes these unwitting fame seekers on an unforgettable ride on everything from games shows, to talent competitions, to survival shows, home makeovers, and more. Each fast-paced sketch parodies the reality TV genre with one incredible twist. All the shows are fake, but one person will think everything is real. Half sketch show, half prank show, this new comedy will take a light-hearted look at how far people will go to be famous. (8x60 for truTV)
Home Free: Host Mike Holmes guides nine couples as they compete to win their ultimate dream home. Each week they revitalize a run-down home for a couple in need, but the couples also face elimination if they don't pull their fair share. In a surprise and emotional twist, each couple that is eliminated is given the keys to the home they worked on that week. This is the feel good home renovation show where everyone walks away a winner. (8x60 for FOX)
Dating Naked: A new social experiment provides daters with a radical dating experience where before they bare their souls they bare everything else first. Each week on a primitive island resort, far from the masks of modern society, daters will go on exotic dates and be naked every step of the way. We will follow along as two primitive daters each go on naked dates, including their first date with each other. At the end of this experience they'll choose which of their naked dates they would like to continue dating back home. Clothing will of course be optional. (S1: 11x60, S2: 10x60, S3: TBD for VH1)
Twinning: Twinning is an arc'd competition series in which 12 sets of twins will go head to head for a grand prize of $222,222.22. But getting there won't be easy. Viewers will experience double the meltdowns, double the hook-ups, and, of course, double the twists when twin teams are pushed to their limits in unexpected ways. As the strengths and weaknesses of each twin pair is revealed, relationships will be tested and resentments will be exposed. In the end, the pair of twins left standing will win the cash prize, and be crowned as the "twinners." (11x60 for VH1)
Canada's Smartest Person: Canada's Smartest Person is a new interactive television series that redefines what it means to be smart. The show challenges the myth that to be smart you need to have a high IQ, be a math whiz or trivia buff. Every week four new hopefuls battle it out in front of a live studio audience in six categories of smarts: musical, physical, social, logical, visual and linguistic. In the series finale, eight finalists will go head-to-head to earn the title of Canada's Smartest Person. It's a whole new way of looking at smarts! (S1: 2x120, 7x60; S2: 1x120, 7x60 for CBC (Canada))
Labor Games: Labor Games takes viewers where no game show has gone before: inside a delivery room! The host gives couples already in labor the chance to answer trivia questions in order to win life-changing prizes for their child -- all before the baby is even born. (12x30 for TLC)
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.