ITV Studios Gets Orders for German Versions of Two U.K. Shows

The local arm of the TV producer will create a celebrity version of reality series "Coach Trip" for RTL and adapt "May the Best House Win" for kabel eins.

LONDON - British TV network operator and producer ITV said Thursday that its ITV Studios has received orders for German adaptations of two of its shows.

ITV Studios Germany will create a celebrity version of reality game show Coach Trip for German commercial network giant RTL, part of Bertelsmann-controlled RTL Group.

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Meanwhile, kabel eins, part of German TV powerhouse ProSiebenSat.1, has commissioned Mein Zuhause, Dein Zuhause – Wer wohnt am schönsten, a local version of lifestyle game show May The Best House Win. The 20 episode series will start airing later this month.

In the U.K., the show airs on ITV and features homeowners competing for money by showing off their homes to the other contestants who rate them based on interior design, homeliness, comfort and hospitality.

ITV Studios has been growing organically and through acquisitions of production firms, including in the U.S. Among other deals, it has over the past year acquired the makers of Cake Boss and Duck Dynasty.

ITV Studios has also been successfully selling hit shows and formats abroad. Its growth boosted ITV's recent results for the first half of 2012.

ITV Studios Germany said the RTL celebrity version of Coach Trip will be called Der VIP Bus – Promis auf Pauschalreise. Shot on location in Italy, it will consist of six hour-long episodes with popular German drag queen Olivia Jones serving as host.

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The show, which features people on a bus tour voting off their least favorite travel companion, will air on the channel later this year. In Britain, it used to air on Channel 4.

ITV Studios Germany also produces other local versions of ITV formats for German networks, including The Chase (Gefragt Gejagt) for NDR, as well as Four Weddings (4 Hochzeiten und eine Traumreise) and Come Dine With Me (Das Perfekte Dinner) for Vox.

Said Jan Kromschroeder, managing Ddrector of ITV Studios Germany: “May The Best House Win and Coach Trip are two of ITV Studios’ most popular entertainment formats internationally, and we anticipate that they will prove equally as successful with German viewers as they have with audiences worldwide.”

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