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28 Sep 2015

SMALL WORLD MARKS TENTH ANNIVERSARY WITH SLATE OF NEW RATINGS-WINNING FORMATS FOR MIPCOM

London, 28th September 2015 – Los Angeles and London based formats company Small World IFT is set to debut a host of new hit formats sourced from partners around the world, including a new collaboration with South Korean network JTBC, as the company celebrates its 10th anniversary at MIPCOM 2015.

Small World IFT has secured format distribution on two JTBC titles ahead of MIPCOM. Unique entertainment show Abnormal Summit sees comedic hosts exploring some of the “accepted truths” in their country by inviting a group of young people to their Abnormal Summit. In a parody of the political G12 summits, these ex-pat delegates, all well immersed in the host country’s culture and fluent in the local language, offer fascinating observations from their home nations. A celebrity guest joins the debate as they ask: are these national traditions and viewpoints normal or abnormal? More than 60 episodes of Abnormal Summit have aired in South Korea, with series also airing in Turkey and China to strong ratings. 

Also from JTBC, Crime Scene is a game show format where everyone is a suspect. The mystery unfolds as players discover various clues from re-enacted crime scenes whilst one player must try to mislead the others. If five contestants correctly identify who the actual perpetrator is, they walk away with the prize. However, if the “criminal” successfully deceives the rest of the group, they alone take the money home…

Small World’s game show portfolio includes the innovative Sofa Survivors from TV Format Fund, Shy Barmeli, Ori Dror, which discovers whether it’s possible for contestants to survive on virtual love alone. Shut away, with only a computer and the audience at home to help them, who will fulfil the challenges and ultimately win the audience’s affections? Small World’s Lights Out! is the new fast-paced addictive quiz set in a chat show environment, packed with entertainment, jokes and fun. The show features a clever host, a witty celebrity guest and four sharp and outgoing contestants, who take centre stage to battle the Lights Out! board. But they don’t need to be a genius, as in Lights Out! all the answers are numbers and close might just be good enough.

Small World will showcase Better Late Than Never at MIPCOM, based on the ratings-winning original format from South Korea’s CJ E&M Corporation, Grandpas Over Flowers. Following four veteran stars and their porter as they hit the road on a fish-out-of-water backpacking adventure of a lifetime, Better Late Than Never is currently in production in the US for NBC, featuring renowned actors William Shatner and Henry Winkler, American football legend Terry Bradshaw and world champion boxer George Foreman.

Finally, musical reality talent format Mom Made Me a Star, from Romania’s Media Factory, will make its debut. Recently commissioned by the UK’s CBBC - the first ever UK adaptation of a Romanian format – where it will air as Got What it Takes?, the format offers an intimate look at the parent-child relationship, following talented young singers and their pushy parents as they learn about the realities of the music industry, whilst honing their talents with mentoring from a professional vocal coach. In the search for fame, will family, talent or reality prevail?

Tim Crescenti, President at Small World IFT, said, “At MIPCOM we’ll be celebrating ten years of captivating audiences with our unique formats, and we’re thrilled to mark this auspicious anniversary by showcasing such a diverse range of proven hits. This is our latest and greatest line-up yet, packed with the entertaining, positive and uplifting formats that have become our hallmark. We’re delighted and proud to have primetime hit shows on air or in production for a range of major networks, and are looking forward to the next ten, hopefully more, successful years!”

Visit Small World IFT at MIPCOM 2015, stand number C15.A6.

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.