Hit format “Real Men” has been secured by VOX in Germany. Produced by RedSeven, a Red Arrow Entertainment Group company, it will broadcast next year. Casting is currently underway.
“Real Men” sees five everyday guys embark upon the ultimate health transformation journey, and is based on the hit Danish format produced by MakeItBee (formerly Fjernsynsforeningen). The show rated 80% above the channel slot average on DR1 in Denmark, with over half of the Danish TV population tuning in.
In other “Real Men” news, the show has also been commissioned by RTL in the Netherlands and TV4 in Sweden, with Nordisk Film TV, a Banijay group company, producing for Sweden, and Warner Bros. International Television Production producing for the Netherlands.
Following its launch at MIPTV 2015, production companies in Belgium, Finland and New Zealand have also secured production rights to the format: Warner Bros. International Television Production for Belgium, FremantleMedia Finland for Finland and Eyeworks for New Zealand.
Kai Sturm, editor-in-chief and head of entertainment at VOX, says: “We are very excited about collaborating with RedSeven Entertainment to search for the ‘Real Men’ of Germany. This format is about portraying male self-image in an authentic, witty and humorous way. It will be a blast especially for our female audiences, who will have the chance to see what really makes men tick and what incredible performances they are capable of. “Real Men” is redefining the term ‘hero’ in a genuine way!’
Henrik Pabst, Managing Director, Red Arrow International, says: “’Real Men’ is a format that gives a platform to real people who don’t usually make it onto our TV screens, and audiences build up a genuine relationship with the cast. It’s great to be partnering with VOX and RedSeven on the project.”
About “Real Men”
Real Men never worry about their weight and are proud of their lazy lifestyles and unhealthy habits – but this is at the expense of their own health.
In this hit format five charismatic men – all of whom have regular jobs and families – are put on an intense training regime to improve their health. Over five months the contestants must take part in physical challenges ranging from swimming to meditation and martial arts.
The series culminates with a grueling mixed outdoor event, which will push the men to their physical and mental limits. Coming together as friends and uniting a nation behind them, these real men are determined to change their lives for the better and have a lot of fun along the way.
Format originally created and produced by MakeItBee (formerly Fjernsynsforeningen) in coproduction with DR.
VOX has been on the air since 1993 and is one of the four most successful commercial broadcasters in Germany. The Cologne-based station’s wide-ranging entertainment program primarily consists of a variety of commissioned productions that sharpen Vox’s unique profile. The programs not only provide great entertainment and TV ratings, but have also brought the channel four ‘Deutsche Fernsehpreis’ awards – for shows like ‘Das perfekte Dinner’, ‘Cover my Song’, ‘Shopping Queen’ and ‘Sing meinen Song – Das Tauschkonzert’. Another important part of the channel are high-quality US series from different genres and coming soon our first self-produced series ‘Club der roten Bänder’. The range is supplemented with gripping movie highlights, and elaborately researched multi-hour documentaries about historical and current society-relevant topics as well as the most successful performers in music history. VOX Television is headed by Managing Director Bernd Reichart and since 1999 is part of the Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland.