Banijay Signs Format Deals for The Write Offs


The Write Offs, a Shine TV format from the Banijay Rights catalog, has landed its first international deals, having been licensed in Australia and Denmark.

Metronome Productions will produce the local Danish version for DR1. SBS has ordered its own version of The Write Offs, which will be produced by Endemol Shine Australia under the local title Lost for Words.

Originally created by Shine TV for Channel 4, The Write Offs gives a group of adults the opportunity to change their own lives. New doors are opened as they receive one-to-one tuition and face tasks to take them out of their comfort zones to improve their reading and writing.

Lucas Green, global head of content operations at Banijay, said: “The Write Offs is a heartwarming format that uses personal stories to address a critical issue relevant to every country around the globe. Whilst the subjects’ journeys are poignant and challenging, this uplifting show is full of heart, humor and triumph as viewers see the participants grow in confidence like never before, to share their newfound abilities in front of an audience of stunned and proud loved ones.”

Lana Salah, executive producer at Shine TV, added: “Shine TV aims to create thought-provoking formats which entertain, and we are incredibly proud to add another traveling format to our roster. The Write Offs is an empowering series, tackling a sensitive topic with a sense of warmth and fun, it’s going to be exciting to see how the lives of learners from Australia and Denmark will be changed forever.”