Anthony Bourdain and Nigella Lawson rely only on their taste buds to find the most talented chef, David Tennant sends shivers down your spine and Stevie Van Zandt turns Norway upside down, while Oscar winner Dustin Hoffman chases Dame Judi Dench’s affection. With over 60 new programs, Red Arrow International’s catalogue for MIPCOM 2013 boasts outstanding fiction, exciting formats and fascinating factual.
Fiction highlights include the second season of mobster series Lilyhammer featuring Steven Van Zandt (“The Sopranos”) and co-produced by Netflix; BBC One thriller The Escape Artist starring David Tennant (“Doctor Who”), Swedish television’s most successful Scandinavian crime property, Johan Falk, featuring Joel Kinnaman (“The Killing”). And Oscar winners Dustin Hoffman and Dame Judi Dench play the lead roles in the heartwarming family movie, Roald Dahl’s Esio Trot.
Nigella Lawson and Anthony Bourdain return for the second season of ABC’s cooking competition show The Taste, Australian hit reality House Rules brings a new twist to the makeover genre and extreme social experiment Married at First Sight breaks all records on DR 3 in Denmark.
Red Arrow International’s factual line-up tells stories from all over the world: Just in time for the FIFA World Cup 2014 comes Mata Mata, an intimate portrait of rising football talents and the world of the football business. We are all born the same, but everything changes upon our first breath: Birth Day follows the journeys of newborn babies and their families. Extreme Fighting witnesses the lives of professional and non-professional fighters in and outside of the ring from Pro Wrestlers in Finland to Vikings battling in Iceland.
Extending brands to second screens: Red Arrow International and Screenz provide a whole slate of genre apps and digital extensions including the ultimate touch-free Cooking App, the perfect add on for The Taste, a Facebook based Dating App, and the Power App – a VoD platform unlike any other.
Jens Richter, Managing Director of Red Arrow International: “What you see is what you get: program brands with a strong vision! Dame Judi Dench, Dustin Hoffman, Stevie Van Zandt, David Tennant – our fiction slate is bursting with incredible talent in front of and behind the camera. Our new entertainment formats are clear, straight to the point, well positioned, perfectly understandable for all audiences and in return, produce top ratings. The second season of ‘The Taste’ is in production for ABC, ‘House Rules’ is a huge hit on Seven Network in Australia and ‘Married at First Sight’ quadruples DR3’s channel average.”
Steven Van Zandt (“The Sopranos”) plays Frank Tagliano, a former mobster under witness protection, in Lilyhammer (produced by Rubicon TV, co-produced by Netflix for NRK/Netflix). Season two introduces outstanding British actors Alan Ford (“Snatch”), Paul Kaye (“Game of Thrones”), Amy Beth Hayes (“Doctor Who”), Tony Pitts (“Sherlock”) and Amit Shah (“The Infidel“). Working on the other side of the law is The Escape Artist (produced by Endor Productions for BBC One), a defense lawyer who specializes in getting people out of tight legal corners. But when his talents acquit the prime suspect in a horrific murder trial, his brilliance comes back to bite him. Starring David Tennant (“Doctor Who”, “Broadchurch”), Sophie Okonedo (“Hotel Rwanda”) and Ashley Jensen (“Extras”). Meanwhile, Mila is caught in the crossfire between Texans and Comanches as she chases the American dream in Wild Land (produced by Wiedemann & Berg Television GmbH & Co. for Sat.1).
Back for a second season on ABC, The Taste (produced by Kinetic Content) shows four culinary superstars, headed by Nigella Lawson and Anthony Bourdain, relying on only their taste buds to find the next new super chef. With an audience growth of 88% and a second season in production, House Rules (produced by Seven Network Organisation for Seven Network) introduces a killer twist to the home makeover genre: a win-win-situation for everyone involved. Six couples put their homes on the line for a huge, life-changing prize – full payment of their mortgage! Extreme social experiment Married at First Sight (produced by Snowman Productions) takes the dating genre to a new level. Six singles take a radical step to find happiness: they marry a complete stranger. But will they live happily ever after? And Sky 1’s highest rated entertainment commission A League of Their Own (produced by CPL Productions for Sky 1) enters its seventh season, providing the perfect mix of sports, comedy and entertainment. Imagine you have to hand over the keys to all of your social network profiles to two comedians who then run – and possibly ruin – your life for a week? Welcome to the Anti Social Network (created by NERD, produced by Red Seven Entertainment)!
Police officer, Alexander Falco (produced by Beaubourg Audiovisuel for TF1) falls into a coma after being shot. When he wakes up 22 years later, everything has changed – everything except him. Falco just premiered on TF1 with terrific success. The highly trained professionals of the MPU – Missing Persons Unit (produced by Eyeworks for VIER) are back for a fifth season – with cases more gripping than ever before. Awarded two Israeli Academy Awards for “Best Script” and “Best Actress in a Drama Series”, Ananda (produced by July August Productions for Hot) tells the story of Anna, who travels to India upon breaking up with her boyfriend.
Written by Tommy Wirkola (writer/director of box office smash hit “Hansel & Gretel – Witch Hunters”), Hellfjord (produced by Tappeluft Pictures for NRK) tells the black-humored, fish-out-of-water story of urban police officer Salmander, who is banished to tiny Norwegian fishing community, Hellfjord, after publicly killing his horse. Scoring ITV1’s biggest Sunday audience share since Christmas 2011, Off Their Rockers (produced by CPL Productions for ITV) proves that age really is nothing but a number. The hidden camera show sees senior citizens turn the tables on unsuspecting members of the public with unexpected, hilarious pranks. Off Their Rockers is based on International Emmy Award and Rose d’Or winning Benidorm Bastards (produced by SHELTER).
In a world where lives mean nothing, detective Johan Falk (produced by Strix Drama) and his special unit lead investigations. Starring Jakob Eklund and Joel Kinnaman (“The Killing”, “RoboCop”) and inspired by real cases, investigations and covert ops, this gripping movie-cycle is the most successful Scandinavian crime property on Swedish television.
With over 20 new movies – including star studded TV movies from top-notch US producers Larry Levinson, Incendo and Chesler/Perlmutter Productions – Red Arrow International’s movie line-up offers a wide variety from crime to romantic comedy.
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Emmy-winning producer Hilary Bevan Jones has secured a stellar cast and crew for Roald Dahl’s Esio Trot, including Oscar winners Dustin Hoffmann and Dame Judi Dench, Oscar-nominated screen writer Richard Curtis (“Four Weddings and a Funeral”) and Emmy Award-winning director Dearbhla Walsh (“The Tudors”). Roald Dahl’s Esio Trot tells the story of Mr. Hoppy, a retired bachelor with a secret desire for his neighbor, the lovely Mrs. Silver. With 55 million books sold around the world, Harry Bosch (produced by Fabrik Entertainment; “Burn Notice; “The Killing”), Michael Connelly’s international bestselling book franchise, finally comes to TV. With showrunner Eric Overmyer (“The Wire”; “Treme”), Bosch’s first case leads him to a murder, after a dog brings home a human bone. Created by Oscar winner Bobby Moresco (“Crash”), 100 Code (produced by Fabrik Entertainment and Strix Drama for Kanal 5) has Detectives Conley and Eklund hunt a network of serial killers in Stockholm and New York. Remedy (produced by Indian Grove Productions for Global TV) looks at the life of a hospital through the eyes of charismatic Griffin Conner and his eccentric family of overachieving medical professionals. Starring Enrico Colantoni (“Veronica Mars”), Sarah Allen (“Being Human”), Sara Canning (“The Vampire Diaries”) and Dillon Casey (“Nikita”). Brazil is the number one export nation of football talents. For most kids, football is the only chance to get out of the favela: Just in time for the FIFA World Cup 2014 comes Mata Mata (produced by F24 Film for SWR/ARD), an intimate portrait of rising football talents – Leo Bonatini, Thiago, Dante – and the world of the football business.
From the slums of India to high tech delivery rooms in Kuwait, Birth Day (produced by Sultan Sushi for één) follows the journeys of newborns and their families. Ultimate Fighters in England, Vikings battling in Iceland, Pro Wrestlers in Finland and “Vale Tudo” fighters in Brazil: Extreme Fighting (produced by Snowman Productions for MAX) travels the world documenting the lives of the fiercest fighters on the planet in and outside of the ring. And you can follow America’s most shocking and baffling criminal lawsuit in Playground Murder Plot (produced by NERD for Channel 4), where 12-year-old Paul Gingerich and 15-year-old Colt Lundy kill Colt’s stepfather.
With a suite of digital products to enhance viewer engagement, Red Arrow International brings entertainment formats to second screens. The Cooking App is the ultimate touch-free cooking application for handheld devices. Offering hundreds of recipes, videos, tips and exclusive videos, it is the perfect add-on for The Taste. From video on demand and catch-up services to live chats, polls, games and social media connections, the Power App provides streaming possibilities beyond the imagination. And the Facebook-based Dating App makes finding the perfect partner a breeze: built off the back of on-air dating shows, it allows viewers to audition and view participants’ profiles. Based on data pulled directly from social media profiles, the app finds the perfect match for everyone.