White Collar Brawlers Gets Local Treatment in Italy


LONDON: The factual-entertainment format White Collar Brawlers has been commissioned for a local adaptation on Sky Italia's free-to-air channel Cielo.

White Collar Brawlers looks on as co-workers challenge each other to a boxing match. The format, created by writer/producer Doug Mirabello, first aired on NBCU's Esquire channel in the U.S. in 2013. The 7×60-minute Italian version, locally titled Ti Aspetto Fuori (I'll See You Outside), is being produced by Toro Media. It will debut on November 22.

Nils Hartmann, the director of original productions at Sky Italia, said: "It was a pleasure to develop with NBC the local version of White Collar Brawlers. We have introduced in the Italian TV market a new and original format, focused on the competition in the work environment, through a real fight. A new approach, that will definitely raise interest and attract the Italian audience. Toro Media was the right partner in this challenge."

Hannah Worrall, the VP of format sales and production at NBCUniversal International Studios, added: "We are delighted that Sky Italia has commissioned the first international version of White Collar Brawlers for free-to-air channel Cielo. It's the perfect fit."