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  1. Cupid’s arrow flies transcontinental in new Channel 4 dating series The Language of Love (w/t)

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    Channel 4 has commissioned a new international dating series from 2LE Media, Motion Content Group and Zeppelin, a Banijay Iberia company. The Language of Love (w/t) will see a group of Brits and a group of Spaniards pairing up at a dreamy Spanish country estate to see if they can find romance… despite not speaking each other’s language.

    Set in a stunning finca in Andalusia, the eight-part series for Channel 4 will be hosted by Davina McCall alongside Spanish TV host, actor and singer Ricky Merino, who will be on hand to interpret how the couples’ relationships are developing.

    A group of Brits seeking romance will travel to Spain where they’ll meet their potential partners – a group of Spanish speakers also looking for their own historia de amor – to test whether love is deeper than just words. Can sparks fly even with a language barrier to overcome? The newly-formed couples will take part in challenges and tasks to help them test their connection as well as learning more about each other’s countries, their culture and their languages. At the end of the series, will they choose amor or adiós? The international lovers will face a big dilemma: to call it quits, stay together long distance, or perhaps move country to be with their new found love.

    The Language of Love (w/t) is commissioned for Channel 4 by Phil Harris, Head of Entertainment and Events, and Genna Gibson, Commissioning Editor, Entertainment. The 8 x 60’ series is produced by 2LE Media, Motion Content Group and Zeppelin, a Banijay Iberia company. Sophie Alcock is Series Producer and Executive producers are Michael Livingstone, Tom Thostrup and Georgina Hinds for 2LE Media, Martin Oxley for Motion Content Group, with Amparo Castellano and Salva Romero from Zeppelin. Banijay is the exclusive distributor, holding global format and distribution rights.

    Channel 4’s Phil Harris, Head of Entertainment and Events, comments: “This is a truly fresh and entertaining dating experiment that throws up surprising cultural exchanges, hilarious linguistic mishaps and red-hot holiday romances all overseen by the original queen of reality, Davina, and her wonderful Spanish counterpart, Ricky.”

    Tom Thostrup, co-founder of 2LE Media adds: “In this series we want to give our international singles the ultimate holiday romance and see if they can hurdle the language barrier to build a potential life-changing relationship, with Davina and Ricky willing them to succeed all the way.”

    Martin Oxley, Executive Producer for Motion Content Group says “After a few years off from foreign travel, most of us have probably forgotten how to ask the way to the beach in Spanish. Motion couldn’t be more delighted to brush up its language skills with Davina & Ricky, 2LE, Banijay and Channel 4 with this clever and truly laugh out loud new series.”.

    Amparo Castellano, General Director of Zeppelin, a Banijay Iberia company adds: “We all know how powerful love and attraction is, and this new format takes the dating genre to the next level, truly exploring whether singletons can communicate when speaking different languages. It’s been a highly entertaining concept to develop and co-produce with 2LE and Motion, and we’re sure our international colleagues at Banijay will have success bringing this format to other markets around the world.”

    The Language of Love (w/t) will TX next year on Channel 4.

  2. The search for the next MasterChef Singapore is underway as casting call begins today!

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    Sharpen your knives and tighten your aprons as the casting call begins today for season three of MasterChef Singapore! Banijay Rights, leading independent global distributor, Mediacorp, Singapore’s national media network and Motion Content Group, leading media management company announced today the local return of one of the world’s most successful competitive cooking reality television formats. The casting call is now open for all cooking aficionados who wish to showcase their culinary abilities, and fulfil their dreams of becoming the next MasterChef Singapore.


    Fans of the show can look forward to an exhilarating third season, which will celebrate Singapore’s well-known reputation as a food haven and her unique multicultural cuisine, as contestants try their hands at elevating classic local dishes with their imagination and culinary prowess. Produced by Beach House Pictures, this 10-episode season will be brought to screens during the second quarter of 2022.


    Daryl Kho, SVP Asia – Formats, Banijay Rights, said: “This deal for a third outing of MasterChef Singapore demonstrates the huge global appeal of the MasterChef franchise, which continues to grow from strength to strength. We are excited to again be working with Mediacorp, Motion Content Group and Beach House Pictures to create another successful season of this fantastic show.”


    Sapna Angural, Head, English Audience, Mediacorp said: “We are thrilled to reopen the MasterChef Singapore kitchen again to welcome the best of Singapore’s amateur home chefs for the third time running! With every edition, we have witnessed such incredible culinary talent, and we believe that MasterChef Singapore season three will continue to be the platform for these cooking enthusiasts to showcase their craft and fulfill their culinary dreams. We look forward to working with Banijay Rights, Motion Content Group and Beach House Pictures to create yet another successful season of MasterChef Singapore. And calling all aspiring chefs, do join our casting call today!”


    Steven Murphy, Managing Director, Motion Content Group, APAC, said: “With the great success of season one and two, Motion Content Group are looking forward to working with Mediacorp and Beach House Pictures on a third season of MasterChef Singapore. MasterChef continues to be one of the most successful formats across the world, and we cannot wait to meet the next set of amateur chefs Singapore has to offer.”


    The second season of the MasterChef Singapore which ended in April this year, served up a sumptuous repast for over a million viewers, making it the top1 local English variety series on Channel 5 for 2021 to-date. The casting call then had attracted applicants from all walks of life including a singer, athlete, and teacher, amongst others, and the show’s finale was an epic showdown where Derek Cheong was crowned winner after edging out runner-up Leon Lim by merely one point! Fans who wish to relive some of the riveting moments of MasterChef Singapore season two can do so on-demand via meWATCH, or every Sunday, at 12pm on Channel 5 starting from 29 August 2021.


    Besides uncovering cooking talents, MasterChef Singapore also provided various opportunities and opened up paths for both winners and contestants alike, in their pursuits to realise their culinary dreams. Since his win, MasterChef Singapore season two’s champion Derek Cheong has expanded his university dining venture Twelve Flavous to a full fledged private dining experience and started his own locally-brewed kombucha business, Broux.


    Cheong said:MasterChef Singapore has truly changed my life. Not only did I manage to secure a gig as a commis chef at the renowned three Michelin-starred French restaurant Mirazur for their pop-up at Straits Clan, it has also opened many doors in the culinary world for me. I’ve met so many amazing people in my journey during and after MasterChef Singapore, and I am genuinely grateful for all the wonderful experiences.”


    Singaporeans and permanent residents looking to have a shot at achieving their culinary dreams can apply at this website by 13 October 2021. MasterChef Singapore is only open to those who are currently not working as a professional chef or those who have never worked as one before.


    MasterChef was created by Franc Roddam and first launched in 1990 on the BBC in the UK and was later revived in 2005 where it remains a number one hit for pubcaster. In 2017, MasterChef was officially crowned the Most Successful Cookery Television Format by Guinness World Records. 2019 was the best year to date with 55 confirmed productions across 35 markets, drawing in audiences in major markets including the UK, US, Brazil, Australia, Italy and Spain.


    The MasterChef format and finished programmes are represented internationally by Banijay Rights. Now with over 10,000 episodes to-date and produced across 62 markets, the show will be soon airing its milestone 500th series globally. Motion Content Group, part of GroupM, a leading media management company, has acquired the rights to produce and broadcast MasterChef Singapore from Banijay Rights.

  3. Susan Calman to Uncover More of Scotland’s Secrets with IWC and Motion Content Group for Channel 5

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    IWC, a Banijay company, and Motion Content Group, today announce Channel 5 has commissioned a third, extended 10×60’ seriesoffactual entertainment show, Secret Scotland.


    Susan Calman is back for another awe-inspiring journey around her native Scotland, getting private tours of iconic Scottish spots, uncovering hidden secrets of the past and present, and gaining special access to magnificent castles.


    In this third series, Susan will be visiting ten more stunning locations, from quiet countryside to brooding coastline, and from the East Neuk of Fife to the Western Isles. Along the way, she will take an in-depth look at the history, people and traditions of the area, and try her hand at learning some ancient skills.


    This longer series is building on the ratings success of Secret Scotland season two, which peaked at an audience of 1.6 million.


    Gerard Costello, Executive Producer at IWC said: “Scotland is home to some of Britain’s most beautiful locations, and having our series extended to ten episodes means that we can explore even more of what it has to offer, with Susan’s warmth and humour making her the perfect guide.”


    Guy Davies, Commissioning Editor, Channel 5 said: “It’s great to see Susan back on Channel 5 with even more secrets and hidden gems from her latest journey around Scotland. It’s business as usual with lots of laughs and fascinating people to liven up our lives in this unusual year, as the nights draw in.”


    The series has been commissioned by Guy Davies, Commissioning Editor, Channel 5, and is Executive Produced by Gerard Costello for IWC and Melanie Darlaston for Motion Content Group. Secret Scotland will be distributed globally by Banijay Rights.

  4. Susan Calman Continues to Explore Secret Scotland for Channel 5

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    Following the success of Secret Scotland earlier in the year, today Channel 5 announces the series has been recommissioned for a second series.


    The 6×60 travel series from IWC Media, a Banijay Group company, and Motion Content Group sees presenter, Susan Calman discover the big stories and the untold tales behind Scotland’s beloved spots, with privileged access to some of Scotland’s most famous locations. In a warm, light-hearted but always informative journey, Secret Scotland looks in-depth at the history, characters and treasures hidden in these stunning spots.


    This series is set to feature six new areas in Scotland and will air later this year on Channel 5.


    Susan Calman said:

    I was delighted with the response to the first series and I am so excited to get back on the road to show Channel 5 viewers what else this beautiful country has to offer


    Guy Davies, Factual Commissioning Editor Factual said:

    Susan was a great success with our viewers in the first series earlier this year and we can’t wait for her to bring back her wit, insight, enthusiasm and sense of fun in a second run of this lively travelogue


    Executive Producer at IWC Media, Gerard Costello, said:

    “We are thrilled that Susan is continuing with her wonderful journeys around Scotland, where there are many more places, and their secrets, left to explore. Susan is full of curiosity about her homeland and we know her natural humour and enthusiasm will be a joy to watch once again. ”


    Executive Producer at Motion Content Group, Melanie Darlaston commented:

    “What a fun way to discover the best of Scotland. With her infectious enthusiasm and sense of humour, Susan really is the perfect host.”