DISTRIBUTION360 BRINGS FRESH FEEL GOOD FORMATS TO MIPTV

TORONTO, CANADA (March 14, 2018) - Distribution360 heads to MIPTV with fresh formats, including the launch of hit family game show Just Like Mom & Dad and a new modular approach to localising kids TV with the debut of series Treasure Champs.

Primetime family game show Just Like Mom & Dad is about fun questions and questionable baking! Shot in front of a live audience, each episode puts three parent/child teams to the test to see how well they really know each other across three rounds. Two fun-filled question rounds are designed to reveal what they know or don’t know about one another and the final round sees the kids baking up some truly disgusting ‘treats’ for their parents to taste, hoping their Mom or Dad will be able to identify which one was made by them, for the win. The team with the most points at the end gets to spin the prize wheel for a chance at going home with some amazing family prizes.

D360 will also debut Treasure Champs, a ground-breaking upper preschool series commissioned by Cbeebies that explores the positive values common to different faiths and cultures such as generosity, empathy and honesty. This engaging mixed media series features the adventures of Barry and Kari, two animated characters, who explore a different value – or ‘treasure’ – in each episode. Using a vibrant combination of timeless stories and folk tales, super catchy songs and live action segments featuring inspirational children, the endearing comedic characters introduce the value in a fun and relatable way.  Treasure Champs has been uniquely produced in that it can be licensed as a straight acquisition in its original version or as a modular format where the animated segments can be used alongside each featured ‘treasure’ and interlaced with local live action shoots to create a truly local original that is really targeted to a territory’s cultural stories and individual traditions.

Following this modular model, D360 is bringing marblemedia’s Splatalot to market as a format. The series features contestants (the Attackers) battling their way through a water-filled medieval castle against the Defenders in 3 rounds: Cross the Moat, Storm the Castle and Steal the Crown, in the pursuit of being the last person standing to be crowned King or Queen of the Kingdom. Pre-produced action sequences are available for acquisition to package with locally-shot host segments and a recent sale into the US was made using this model. A production hub opportunity also exists in Canada where the water logged castle stands - and producers marblemedia are currently in development on a family version where parents and kids will compete together and bring even greater splats and spills!

Also coming out this market is Leave it to the Designer – a format version of the hit series Leave it to Bryan from Si Entertainment which has run for 130 episodes across 6 seasons to date. In each ep, a homeowner enlists a designer to consider three projects they’d like done in their home but the catch is they only have the budget for one of them – and they leave the designer to decide which one they will take on. In a unique hook, the choice is made on how the new design will affect their lifestyle and happiness in their home rather than it being about raising their property value.

“Programs with family and the home at the heart offer warmth, positive messaging and good clean fun. Putting parents and kids together on screen in Just Like Mom & Dad brings families together at home to watch on the sofa. And a series like Treasure Champs emphasizes how we are more the same than we are different, regardless of beliefs or culture; capturing a high concept in an entertaining way for younger kids”, says Diane Rankin, SVP International, D360.

Series Details:

  •   Just Like Mom and Dad (20 x 30’), Family Game Show, Format: Primetime family game show featuring fun questions and questionable baking! Shot in front of a live audience, each episode puts three parent/child teams to the test to see how well they really know each other across three rounds. Two fun-filled question rounds reveal what they know or don’t know about one another and the final round sees the kids baking up some ‘treats’ for their parents to taste - with some mystery ingredients - hoping their Mom or Dad will be able to identify which one belongs to their child. The team with the most points at the end gets to spin the prize wheel for a chance at going home with some amazing family prizes. Produced by marblemedia, based on a format owned by Bell Media Inc.
  •   Treasure Champs (30 x 15’) Upper Preschool Mixed Media, Modular Format: Preschool mixed media series that explores universal moral values common to different faiths and cultures. Each episode features the adventures of the loveable Barry and Kari, two animated characters who explore a different ‘treasure’ – like kindness, wisdom and perseverance -  and what it means to live out those values. Using a vibrant and eclectic combination of timeless stories drawn from faith traditions and folktales, catchy songs and heart-warming real-life examples featuring inspirational children, the super cute comedic characters introduce the value in a fun and relatable way. Created and produced by Three Arrows Media.
  •   Splatalot (52 x 30’), Physical Game Show, Format: 10 Contestants (the Attackers) battle their way through the water-logged castle in the Kingdom of Splatalot against the Defenders across 3 crazy rounds -  Cross the Moat, Storm the Castle and Steal the Crown - all in the pursuit of being the last person standing to be crowned King or Queen of the Kingdom. Created and produced by marblemedia.
  Leave it to the Designer (130 x 30’), Lifestyle/Fact Ent Format:  One homeowner, One designer, three renovation projects but the budget for only one - and the decision belongs all to the designer.  In a unique hook, the designer makes their choice based on how they think the new design will affect the homeowner’s lifestyle and happiness in their home rather than simply their property value. Created and produced Si Entertainment.