Nordisk sells slew of formats to U.S.

Reveille, Renegade, Scott Stone among buyers

CANNES -- Europe continues to be the seedbed for nonfiction formats as evidenced by a series of deals announced at MIPTV between Scandi sales group Nordisk Film TV World and U.S. production outfits for remake rights to hits from Nordisk's nonfiction slate.

Reveille picked up U.S. rights for Nordisk's dating show "Don't Date Him Girl," Renegade grabbed the remake option for Rose d'Or-nominated format "Construction Nightmares," Scott Stone has acquired U.S. rights to road rage show "Celebrity Devil Race," music format "Melody Challenge" went to Phil Gurin, and Dave Broom of 25/7 picked up long-running Norwegian reality hit "71 Degrees North" for a U.S. remake.

"We couldn't wait to get our hands on 'Don't Date Him Girl,' " said Chris Grant, managing director and worldwide distribution head at Reveille, which has help turn such international series as "Ugly Betty" and "The Office" into U.S. hits. " I have high hopes for this show in the U.S. -- we are already talking about it with the networks."

The deals mark the first U.S. formats sales for Nordisk, which is one of Scandinavia's leading producer-distributors.