RASI Inks New Unscripted Format Deals Across Europe


Red Arrow Studios International (RASI) has secured a raft of sales in Europe for its slate of unscripted reality, entertainment and social-experiment formats.

The home improvement format Buying Blind has been commissioned by RTL in Germany for a local version, produced by Redseven Entertainment, that will air in December. SBS in Belgium has commissioned a fourth season of its domestic adaptation of the series, produced by Zodiak Belgium. In the Netherlands, RTL is in production on its fifth season of Buying Blind, produced by Wise Monkeys and set to air in 2022.

Created by Kinetic Content and originally produced by Snowman Productions for TV3 in Denmark, Buying Blind sees a family hand their life savings to experts to purchase them a home without ever having seen it.

In Germany, Don’t Stop the Music has been commissioned by ZDF for a local version to be produced by Redseven Entertainment. The uplifting social-experiment format, originally created and produced by Artemis Media for ABC in Australia in association with Screen Australia, Screenwest and Lottery West, follows children from an underprivileged school as a new music program is introduced.

Also in Germany, Vox has commissioned the topical factual entertainment format Meat the Family for season one of a local remake, which is produced by Redseven Entertainment and recently debuted. Originally produced by Spun Gold TV for Channel 4 in the U.K., the series sees four meat-eating families welcome the animal they most frequently serve for dinner into their homes to re-evaluate their relationship with food. Further, Redseven is producing a tenth season of The Taste, following a recommission by SAT.1 in Germany. In the format, originally created and produced by Kinetic Content for ABC in the U.S., contestants compete for the judges’ approval based on the blind taste of a single spoonful of food.

Tin Can is producing a second season of the game-show format Block Out for NPO in the Netherlands that will be a ten-episode celebrity version of the series. Originally created by Nippon TV, Red Arrow Studios and July August Productions, Block Out sees players battle it out in a variety of physical games, combining trivia, strategy and chance with their backs literally against a wall.

Tobias Schulze, VP of sales for French- and German-speaking Europe and Benelux at Red Arrow Studios International, said: “Broadcasters are continuing to look for uplifting, buzzy and family-friendly unscripted content with a successful track record that will drive schedules and provide co-viewing opportunities. We’re looking forward to seeing how broadcasters put their own local spins on these engaging and tried-and-tested formats.”