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17 Sep 2015

SMALL WORLD HAS GOT WHAT IT TAKES

London, 17th September 2015 – Los Angeles and London based formats company Small World IFT has secured a UK commission for Mom Made Me a Star, the musical reality talent format from Romania’s Media Factory, as digital channel CBBC orders a new ten-part local version.

Celebrating the extraordinary talents of eight teenage singers, and the dramatic reality of the mothers behind them, Mom Made Me a Star originally aired in primetime on Prima TV. This new commission will see the show air on CBBC in the UK under the title Got What it Takes? Currently in production by Rize USA for CBBC, the 10 x 30’ series will launch early next year.

Luci Burnley, Senior Vice President Formats at Small World IFT said, “We’re delighted to announce this major new commission from CBBC, which marks the first ever order of a Romanian format in the UK. Romania is a hot-bed of creativity and we’re seeing fantastic success on the international stage with formats originating there – for example, Media Factory’s Miss Country Girl, which has already been licensed to China, Thailand and Ukraine. Mom Made Me a Star is a one-of-a-kind singing contest, changing lives, but also questioning the very dream it offers as it teaches these talented teens – and their parents – the realities of life as a singing sensation.”

Speaking of the UK adaptation, Sheldon Lazarus, Creative Director of Rize USA today added, “Got What it Takes? promises to offer an intriguing new spin on the talent-contest genre, allowing an audience to see first-hand the pitfalls laid out for young people chasing stardom, questioning whether it is what they really want after all.”

Offering an intimate look at the parent-child relationship, Mom Made Me a Star follows the singers and their pushy parents as they learn about the realities of the music industry, whilst honing their musical skills with mentoring from a professional vocal coach. Weekly visits from music celebrities will teach the teens the reality of what their job involves, highlighting that it’s not all parties and fun but also exhausting and life changing.

In each episode, the singers and their mums are separated to undertake a variety of challenges, with three spots to perform at the end of the show up for grabs. Full of emotion and information, Mom Made Me a Star is a unique opportunity to discover whether, in the search for fame, family, talent or reality will prevail. The Got What it Takes? format will be sold internationally by Small World IFT.

For further information contact:
Debbie Lawrence , The Lippin Company
Email: dlawrence@lippingroup.com
Tel: +44 (0) 203 008 5406

About Small World IFT

Small World IFT was founded in 2005 by Tim and Colleen Crescenti to find, acquire and distribute the most unique and entertaining formats.  With over 30 years of experience, producing over 160 shows in over 65 countries, Small World has placed five format titles on US networks and over 25 format titles in the rest of the world, including such titles as Silent Library and the 2009 Rose d'Or winning I Survived a Japanese Game Show on ABC.  Other format finds include Miss Country Girl, and Grandpas Over Flowers which have all recently launched in additional countries in the past few months. Small World IFT signed an ongoing strategic deal with global entertainment company Content Media Corporation in 2012, which sees Content’s management team and sales executives working closely with Small World to build a global formats sales company.