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Fremantle to showcase range of shows at MipTV 2008








MUMBAI: Television format creator and distributor FremantleMedia Enterprises (FME) will arrive at next month‘s television trade event MipTV with a range of programmes.

From quality drama to popular music, teen heartaches to a top chef‘s personal crusade, there is something for everyone. MipTV takes place in Cannes, France from 8-12 April 2008.

In the drama category, leading the way is Australian scripted series Satisfaction. Created by Australian producer Roger Simpson, Satisfaction is the inaugural production by his new company Lonehand Productions. Set in and around an up-market city brothel, this steamy original series sheds the spotlight on the world of five "high-class escorts" and their manager as they juggle the pressures of their private lives alongside their hidden profession.


Teenage woes prove a fertile backdrop for two new shows. Nearly Famous follows a group of performing arts students who have got a whole load of talent and a taste for tequila. Familiar faces include Talulah Riley, Jimi Mistri and Ralph Brown. Ade Edmondson stars in the role reversal sitcom Teenage Kicks as a middle-aged divorced dad who moves in with his kids in a crazy attempt to recapture his long lost youth, much to his offspring‘s dismay.


Following on from the recent success of FME‘s stablemate Murder, the new reality series DEA offers viewers a behind-the-scenes look at the inner workings of the Drug Enforcement Agency. From US channel Spike TV, each episode will follow a group of Special Agents and Task Force Officers in the DEA Detroit division, as they fight the daily battle in the city‘s ongoing war against illegal drugs.


FME also continues to bolster its music content with the second series of Live From Abbey Road. The most famous recording studio in the world invites viewers through its famous doors once more to meet a host of new and established global A-list artists. Shot in HD, the 12 x 1 hour second series, available for international sale on both TV and DVD, will not disappoint with an exclusive lineup of performers including James Blunt, Sheryl Crow and recent Grammy winner Herbie Hancock.


Staying with a melodic theme, FME will present The Night James Brown Saved Boston. This is a documentary by filmmaker David Leaf, telling the uplifting story of how a concert by R&B singer James Brown, on 5 April, 1968, the day after Dr Martin Luther King. Jr was assassinated, prevented a riot in Boston. While the rest of the US burnt, Brown‘s music literally kept the peace. Eye witness accounts, grainy footage and nearly two dozen of James Brown‘s classic songs come together to mark the 40th anniversary.


Another milestone in musical history is celebrated in Never Mind the Bollocks: 30th Anniversary Concert featuring the Sex Pistols‘ critically acclaimed concerts at London‘s Brixton Academy commemorating the release of the legendary punk band‘s first album. Fittingly directed by Julian Temple (The Great Rock and Roll Swindle) Never Mind the Bollocks features all the band‘s classics including "God Save the Queen" and "Pretty Vacant."


Cookery superstar Jamie Oliver serves up two new specials, Jamie‘s Fowl Dinners and Eat to Save Your Life. In the revealing Jamie‘s Fowl Dinners, he hosts a gala dinner to dramatically demonstrate the reality of how chickens live and die to put food on our plates. And in the other off-special, Eat to Save Your Life, from Firefly productions, he investigates the hidden threats of popular convenience foods using 18 volunteers with self-confessed bad diets as "human guinea pigs."








The Baywatch Beach Body Work-Out is a new fitness DVD featuring Lauren Jones, star of Fox TV‘s Anchorwoman series. Inspired by global phenomenon Baywatch, participants are put through their paces by Lauren, on the beach, ensuring a body well fit for the summer.


Kiddies get a look in too with CGI animated series The Backyardigans. Aimed at children aged from 2-10, The Backyardigans centres around 5 adventurous kids who use their vivid imagination to turn their backyards into completely different worlds.


FME CEO David Ellender says, "FME is excited to be able to offer such a diverse roster of programming at this year‘s MipTV. Our expanding catalogue means that we have more titles than ever. And there‘s a healthy mix of high-class drama, landmark music shows, ground-breaking documentaries along with strong reality shows, appealing to audiences the world over."

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