Fremantle has added to its format slate The Great Giveback, which sees successful and well-off families meet and make real connections with those less fortunate in their community.
Originally created by Motive Television in Ireland, the show was a ratings hit across all demographics when it launched on Virgin Media One earlier this year. Fremantle has picked up the global format rights outside of Ireland. A local adaptation is already currently underway in Poland and is set to air on TVN.
In the series, participants make a genuine, long-term commitment to helping others and working with them to better their futures. More than handing out checks, the help provided could take the form of business coaching, resilience skills and personal mentoring, anything the other family needs to help them improve their lives and to gain the confidence to take the jump they never thought they could.
Jamie D’Alton, producer and managing director at Motive Television, said: “We are hugely proud of The Great Giveback. It’s an emotive, life-affirming format that has the potential to inspire audiences and transform lives. The ‘pay it forward’ premise at the heart of the show has really connected with viewers looking for positive, feel-good television. We are excited about its worldwide potential and are thrilled to be partnering with Fremantle to bring the format to the global market.”
Vasha Wallace, executive VP of global acquisitions and development at Fremantle, said: “I was so moved the first time that I watched The Great Giveback. Now, more than ever, the time is right to launch this show. Already evident by the production in Poland, it’s a heart-warming format that really makes us think about how we can make a difference in people’s lives. Full of compassion, love and warmth it is incredible to be watching families helping one another. We are honored to be working with Motive Television on this timely series.”