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  • 'STORIES FROM THE HOSPITAL' BRINGS REAL LIFE TO SERIES DRAMA IN THE NETHERLANDS
  • London, 25 Sept, 2012. Sony Pictures Television's Dutch production venture, Tuvalu Media, has secured a commission with SBS to produce Stories from the Hospital a new reality format based on the hit US drama series, Strong Medicine. The Dutch broadcaster has ordered a series of 30 half hour episodes for NET5, SBS's female-skewing channel aimed at the 20-34 year old demographic. The series, called Dokters locally, will be stripped weekdays in a primetime 8pm slot, launching in late October. SPT's international production and distribution teams will also launch the new format to international buyers at MIPCOM.

    Stories From the Hospital is a ground-breaking combination of carefully plotted storytelling and intimate, true to life experiences about patients and their doctors. Each episode will use the self-contained storylines from the US drama scripts played out by participants whose real life experiences mirrored those of the drama's characters. The Dutch series developer and producer is Vincent ter Voert.

    "They say 'life imitates art' and this new format will soon have it imitating television as well," says Tuvalu Media joint managing director, Duurt Holman. "Drama plots can seem far-fetched but Stories From the Hospital proves this wrong as authentic characters and experiences give a second, and very real, life to what was previously only fiction."

    All episodes in the series are self-contained, enabling audiences to engage at anytime. Many key characters are played by real people who fit the profile of characters from the drama series, sometimes having endured parallel experiences.

    The original drama series, Strong Medicine, was produced by SPT for Lifetime, with 130 episodes created. The series followed the lives of staff in the women's health clinic of a fictitious hospital in Philadelphia. Strong Medicine was created by Tammy Ader and executive produced by Ader, Whoopi Goldberg, Diane Messina Stanley, Jim Stanley and John Flynn.

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    For further information please contact:

    Sophie Dixon,PremierSophie.Dixon@premiercomms.com+44 20 7292 7372

    Mark Macdonald,Executive Director, CommunicationsSony Pictures TelevisionMark_macdonald@spe.sony.com+44 20 7533 1363

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