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  • SONY PICTURES TELEVISION FORMATS STRIKE A CHORD
  • PRODUCTIONS IN FRANCE, SWEDEN, GERMANY, NETHERLANDS AND US
  • LONDON, UK (September 28, 2011) - Sony Pictures Television (SPT) announces several new deals for its key music formats ahead of MIPCOM next week.

    SPT's 2waytraffic has sold its cross-generational format, Cover Me, for the first time to TV4 in Sweden, while SPT Productions Germany is now producing a first time German series following a deal struck with VOX.

    In the Netherlands, public broadcaster Nederland 3 has confirmed a second Cover Me series, with a launch expected in November. Series one was a social media hit, trending on Twitter and local social media sites, outperforming the network's primetime average by 46% amongst 20-34 years olds. In addition, a live tour based on the Dutch production is now in development following this success. The format was originally developed by SPT’s Dutch production company, Tuvalu Media.

    The Sing-Off makes its French debut following a licensing deal between SPT's French production subsidiary, Starling, and public broadcaster France 2. Production in France is now underway on 4 x 110 minute primetime shows. Previously in Europe SPT also licensed the format to SBS in the Netherlands.

    In the US, NBC commissioned a third season of The Sing-Off from SPT earlier this year, with the show promoted to a primetime slot for the new Fall season. Now two weeks into the new series, it is NBC's highest rating evening show across all demographics.

    Also available at MIPCOM from 2waytraffic's music offering is Dancing Nation which has previously sold in Brazil (TV Globo), Ukraine (1+1) and the Philippines (TV5).

    Ed Louwerse, managing director, 2waytraffic International, said, "The success of these formats demonstrates how SPT's music shows strike a chord with audiences and producers around the world. They are innovative, entertaining and uplifting, providing compelling viewing for people from all walks of life."

    Cover Me is a weekly entertainment show where each episode sees two musicians, worlds apart in age and taste, given seven days to bridge the generation gap and create new hits based on each other's work.

    The Sing-Off is a unique reality competition show in which the best a cappella groups from around the country compete to win a recording contract. The series features contestants performing popular, contemporary songs without backing tracks or a band.

    Dancing Nation is an uplifting dance competition that unites people nationwide in a collective effort to raise money for local charities and organisations. Men and women of all ages and backgrounds join forces in a unique display of solidarity as teams perform routines and are cheered on by the cities they represent. In a movement that grips an entire country, Dancing Nation illustrates how hundreds of people can come together to dance for a worthy cause. The show first aired in Argentina in May 2010 on Channel 13 and SPT acquired the format from Ideas Del Sur.

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    For further information, contact:

    Mark Macdonald
    Email: mark_macdonald@spe.sony.com
    Tel: +44 20 7533 1363

    Kerry Parker
    Email: kerry.parker@premierpr.com
    Tel: +44 20 7292 8346