ELECTUS INTERNATIONAL UNVEILS SLATE FOR MIPCOM 2016
Los Angeles, CA -- (October 3, 2016) -- Multimedia entertainment studio Electus, an operating business of IAC [NASDAQ: IACI], today unveiled highlights of its television programming slate from its global distribution arm, Electus International. This new block of television programming includes original series concepts developed by Electus and its creative partners, as well as successful third party series that Electus has acquired for international distribution. These will be brought to market at MIPCOM in Cannes, France, which begins on October 17, 2016.
"Our new lineup represents our strong commitment to bringing standout programming with a global appeal to the market," said John Pollak, president of Electus International. "With five new US network series as well as a dozen returning cable series, we are excited to bring a diverse slate of titles to MIPCOM this year."
The slate includes:
The Case of: JonBenet Ramsey: From Critical Content, The Case Of is a limited event docu-thriller that re-examines the unsolved JonBenét Ramsey murder20 years later. This unsolved murder captivated the world, and the original investigators and new experts reinvestigate the case using today's science and technology to once and for all make a determination on what happened to JonBenet. (2 x 120 or 6 x 60 for CBS)
David Blaine Magic Specials: For more than a decade, David Blaine has been captivating the world with his high-profile endurance stunts. After mystifying celebrities including Jamie Foxx, Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Ricky Gervais, Katy Perry, Lenny Kravitz, and Will Smith in "Real or Magic," David returns in two brand new specials that will be the last of his illustrious career and will feature him performing never before seen magic on more of his most famous friends. (2 x 60 for ABC)
ToyBox: Toy Box is the ultimate toy competition series providing expert creators with the chance of a lifetime - an opportunity to launch a line of groundbreaking toys with world-renowned toy company Mattel. And who better to judge these toys than their biggest fans? Kids! Each standalone episode features expert toymakers as they compete for an opportunity to invent and introduce the next dream toy... to a jury of children. (8 x 60 for ABC)
Saving Christmas: In this exciting new format in partnership with Walmart, friends and families get a chance to nominate the struggling holiday enthusiast in their lives for a crash course in how to do Christmas right. After spying on the makings of a Christmas mess, our expert team, comprised of a comedic, DIY-enthusiast celebrity and no-nonsense food, beverage and design experts, will intervene and provide tips and tricks to pull off a Christmas friends and family will remember for years to come. (5 x 60 for the CW)
Home Free: Hosts Mike Holmes and former NFL player Tim Tebow guide couples as they compete to win the ultimate dream home for their heroes. Each week contestants revitalize a run-down home for a hero in need. However, they also face elimination if they don't pull their fair share. In a surprise and emotional twist, an additional grand prize has been set aside for the winners, too. This is the feel good home renovation show where everyone walks away a winner. (Season 1: 8 x 60, Season 2: 10 x 60 for FOX)
Bellator: Viacom-owned Bellator MMA(TM) is one of the largest mixed martial arts (MMA) promotions in the world. Offering the most exciting sporting events for fans and viewers, Bellator upholds the value of the sport and its fighters, while showcasing the personality and showmanship that makes MMA the most exciting sport in the world. Under the management of Scott Coker, the new format brings the best fighters to Spike each month with blockbuster tentpole events throughout the year. (26 Fights (18 x 120, 8 x 180), Specials TBD +Back Catalog and previous tournament seasons for Spike)
Adam Ruins Everything: In Adam Ruins Everything, host Adam Conover employs a combination of comedy, history and science to dispel widespread misconceptions about everything we take for granted. A perfect blend of entertainment and enlightenment, Adam Ruins Everything is inviting, fast-paced and, above all, smart. Adam is like that friend who knows a little bit too much about everything and is going to tell you about it...whether you like it or not. Adam Ruins Everything isn't just fun to watch, but addictively informative. It's everything you didn't want to need to know. (Season 1: 26 x 30 for truTV)
Fameless: From the mischievous mind of David Spade comes Fameless - - a genre-busting prank show that features an unsuspecting group of wannabe stars who think they have been cast on an actual reality show - and they have. Each week, our hilarious team of improv actors takes these unwitting fame seekers on an unforgettable ride on everything from games shows, to talent competitions, to survival shows, home makeovers, and more. Each fast-paced sketch parodies the reality TV genre with one incredible twist. All the shows are fake, but one person will think everything is real. Half sketch show, half prank show, this new comedy will take a light-hearted look at how far people will go to be famous. (Season 1: 18 x 30, 1 x 60 Season 2: 24 x 30 for truTV)
Running Wild: Famed adventurer and survivalist Bear Grylls takes celebrities into the wildest and most remote locations in the world for a 48-hour journey of a lifetime. The celebrities who have been partnered one-on-one with Grylls in their own stand-alone episodes include actresses Julianne Hough, Courteney Cox, and Vanessa Hudgens, musician Mel B, Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn, former professional athletes Shaquille O'Neil and Marshawn Lynch, and actor Nick Jonas. (Season 1: 6 x 60, Season 2: 8 x 60, Barack Obama Special: 1 x 60, Season 3: 10 x 60 for NBC)
Separation Anxiety: The game show you don't know you're on! One half of the couple thinks they're playing a small Internet game show where the top prize is $2,500. But their partner who is on the main stage with the host and the audience knows it's really $250,000! A comedic, relationship-based show featuring a unique twist that isn't revealed to contestants until after they've played the game! (14x60 for TBS)
Dating Naked: These days we're supposed to be more "connected" than ever, but it's actually harder than ever to truly connect. Online dates, blind dates, and the latest in ridiculous dating apps all make it hard to see people for who they really are. A new social experiment provides daters with a radical dating experience where before they bare their souls they bare everything else first. Each week on a primitive island resort, far from the masks of modern society, daters will go on exotic dates and be naked every step of the way. We will follow along as two primitive daters each go on naked dates, including their first date with each other. At the end of this experience they'll choose which of their naked dates they would like to continue dating back home. Clothing will of course be optional. Naked daters will bare their soul and a whole lot more in this groundbreaking dating experiment. (Season 1: 11 X 60, Season 2: 10 x 60, Season 3: 12x60 for VH1)
World's Funniest Videos: A hilarious new global television clip show series that presents a unique themed view of completely relatable and entertaining real-life moments caught on video. Each episode focuses on a different endearing and funny aspect of day-to-day life... from Celebrations to Fun in the Sun, Kids and Pets to Weddings, Hanging Around the House to A Walk on the Wild Side, Getting There is Half the Fun to Wild on the Water, The Games People Play to The World of the Weird and many, many more. But what makes WORLD'S FUNNIEST VIDEOS TOP 10 COUNTDOWN even more special are the episode's Top 10 lists which highlight the most dynamic clips in every show's categories. (Season 1: 30 x 30)
Almost Genius: Almost Genius is a self-contained, half-hour comedy series that celebrates the people, places and things that try so hard to succeed but come up just a bit short. Hosted by April Richardson and Chris Fairbanks, the show features comedians and performers digitally inserted into viral videos to comment on and congratulate people for their bravery and ingenuity in snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. But Almost Genius doesn't mock, because as everyone knows, almost is awesome... and genius. (32 x 30 for Tru TV)
Electus is the first integrated multimedia entertainment studio to unite producers, creators, advertisers and distributors under one roof and produce all forms of content for distribution across a variety of platforms around the world, including: broadcast, cable, digital, OTT and various emerging technologies. The company connects advertisers, distributors and content creators early on in the development process, enabling marketers and advertisers to be true partners in campaigns and content creation. Electus International, the global distribution arm of Electus, is responsible for all international sales and distribution for Electus' programming and its studio partners as well as programs and formats from other well-known 3rd party providers. Electus is an operating business of IAC [NASDAQ: IACI]. For more information on Electus, visit www.electus.com.