Which shows are buyers looking up in the run to Mipcom? Days prior to the start of the market, Swedish consulting company The Wit has revealed the five hottest titles on its database. And apparently, this year is all about formats and entertainment.
Swedish consulting company The Wit is one of the main features of every Mipcom and Miptv with its traditional "Fresh TV" panels, where it discusses the most buzz worthy and innovative titles on each market.
This time, the company has revealed the five hottest titles on its database according to what buyers have been searching the most. And it seems that this year is all about entertainment as formats as game shows pique the interest of buyers, taking up four of the five slots. The remaining slot went to a drama series.
So, what caught the eye of buyers in the days prior to Mipcom 2017? The first title to make it into the list was Face Value, an American game-show from Viacom which is broadcasted by US cable channel BET.
In its original version, the show hosted by Deon Cole and Tiffany Haddish presents two teams spearheaded by celebrities, which will have to guess facts about strangers based solely on their appearance and a few personal details in the hopes of winning cash and prizes.
The format consists of 24 half-hour episodes and is produced by Push It Productions and Executive Producer Wanda Sykes.
The second show is 90's House, which is broadcasted by cable TV network MTV in the US. As a part of Viacom's portfolio, the show is a realty that brings together 12 millennials in a 90's inspired house, with the technology and fashion of the decade.
In every episode, they will have to face various 90's inspired challenge until there is only one winner left, who will take home a 90,000 dollar prize, a 0km car and tickets for a 90's inspired cruise.
90's House is followed by another entertainment format in the form of Even Better Than the Real Thing, a themed talent show in which professional tribute acts pay homage to their favorite famous artists in a one-hour special while a live, on-set audience votes for who they think is the best.
The original version of the show saw acts honoring stars like George Michael, Ed Sheeran, Amy Winehouse, Katy Perry, Michael Jackson, and Adele. Even Better Than the Real Thing aired in the UK on BBC One and is produced by BBC Studios Entertainment North.
The fourth slot, in turn, broke away from entertainment formats for a second and gave place to dramas with The Good Doctor, the only drama to sneak into the Top Five. The series is produced by Sony Pictures Television and ABC Studios and broadcasted in the US by broadcast network ABC.
Based on the Korean drama of the same name, the show hit screens in the form of a medical drama that follows an autistic doctor with Savant syndrome who relocates from a quiet country life to join the surgical unit at a prestigious hospital and use his extraordinary medical skills and intuition to save lives.
The show premiered in the US on September 25 with solid ratings and has already been commissioned for a full 22-episode season.
The Top Five is completed by the final entertainment format on the list titled Gay, Straight or Taken. The series, broadcasted by Lifetime, is a British dating show created by Gavin Hay and Remy Blumenfeld in which a female contestant must go out with three men: one gay, one a married heterosexual and the other a single heterosexual… but there is a catch, she has no idea which one is which and will have to figure it out at the end of the date.
In addition to the UK, the show has also been sold to Australia (Arena TV), Russia (MTV Russia), Italy (SKY Uno), Turkey (Foxlife), Poland (MTV Poland), Brazil (Multishow), France (TF1) and the Netherlands (RTL 5).