A+E racks up format deals with global media leaders | Deals | News | Rapid TV News
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Heading into MIPCOM, A+E Networks has announced several deals from its growing formats division with media companies from regions across the UK, Australia and EMEA commissioning new or returning seasons of formats.
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The global content company says the sales underpin its success in finding authentic, story-driven formats that draw and maintain an audience across languages, territories, and platforms. “A+E Networks is proud to come to MIPCOM with a catalogue boasting compelling, universally resonant formats that tap into the zeitgeist of the moment and have already found repeat success with audiences all around the world,” noted A+E Networks’ SVP head of sales, Americas and formats Ellen Lovejoy. “These latest commissions from such exceptional, innovative producers and broadcasters prove that A+E’s slate of formats sets us apart from what’s currently out there, and we’re very much looking forward to introducing them to our treasured partners.”

Heading the slate is talent competition format The Rap Game and after critical and ratings success, as well as awards recognition in the US and UK, A+E Networks has now partnered with RaiPlay and the production company Yam112003 to bring the first non-English language version of show to Italy early in 2023. The programme gives aspiring MCs the opportunity to perform epic MC showdowns in front of industry-leading rap stars who serve as their mentors, and has attracted a young, diverse audience on both sides of the pond.

Said to be the ultimate survival competition series, Alone (pictured) has been a critical and ratings hit for nine seasons on the History Channel in the US, and was recently picked up by Channel 4 for a brand-new iteration of the format to be produced by one of the UK’s leading production companies, The Garden. The six-part series will find ten contestants dropped into the remote Canadian wilderness equipped with only a handful of basic tools, where each must survive the harsh elements entirely alone.

Alone Denmark, locally titled Alene I Vildmarken, will return for a seventh season and the series was also commissioned by top Australian broadcaster SBS for a version produced by ITV Australia earlier this year.

Additional recent successes for A+E Networks formats include a fifth season commission for Forged in Fire, where bladesmiths re-create historical edged weapons in a cutthroat competition, in Latin America, as well as two seasons of primetime ratings success for Top Dog on RTL in Germany. Top Dog, locally titled Der Beste Hund Deutschlandsim, is a heartwarming competition format that features extraordinary dogs and their owners competing nose-to-nose on a supersized canine obstacle course.