CBS STUDIOS INTERNATIONAL ANNOUNCES FIRST TIME FORMAT LICENSING AGREEMENTS FOR “WHEEL OF FORTUNE,” “THE GOOD WIFE,” “THE INSIDER,” “CARPOOL KARAOKE” AND “THE DOCTORS”
WHEEL OF FORTUNE Will Be Produced Locally in Sri Lanka and Iraqi Kurdistan
Japan’s Tokyo Broadcast Systems (TBS) Has Acquired the Scripted Format Rights to “The Good Wife”
Local Versions of “Carpool Karaoke” and “The Insider” Will Be Seen across the Middle East
“The Doctors” Launches for the First Time in Moldova on Canal 2 and Will Premiere on Astro TV in Malaysia
AMSTERDAM and LOS ANGELES – Oct. 4, 2017 – CBS Studios International has announced today the first time licensing agreements for high profile and award winning television formats.
WHEEL OF FORTUNE has been licensed to EAP Broadcasting Company in Sri Lanka and Kurdmax TV in Iraqi Kurdistan. It is the first time a game show format has been purchased by an Iraqi Kurdistani broadcaster.
In addition to these new territories, TVP, Poland’s largest linear channel and Discovery Network in Finland have also acquired the format rights for WHEEL OF FORTUNE.
The original WHEEL OF FORTUNE was created by Merv Griffin and premiered in the USA in 1975. It is one of the longest lasting and most successful TV game shows in the history of American television. It has won seven Emmy awards and has been produced around the world in more than 40 countries.
In Japan, “The Good Wife” has been acquired as a scripted format by Tokyo Broadcasting Systems (TBS). Production is scheduled to begin in the Fall of 2018 and the series will premiere in January 2019.
The Charisma Group in the Middle East has acquired the format rights to entertainment newsmagazine THE INSIDER. The series will be broadcast across Arabic speaking territories on DUBAI TV and will covers the day’s entertainment breaking news, as well as the latest in fashion, music, television, film and world events. Charisma Group is also the producer of the local version of CBS’ entertainment magazine show ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT, which will begin its fourth season in 2018.
CARPOOL KARAOKE will also have a local production rolled out across the Middle East. M for Media FZ will be producing the series for Dubai TV and digital platform, Awaan.ae.
The format for popular medical talk show THE DOCTORS has been licensed for the first time to GMG Production in Moldova for broadcast on Canal 2 and will also premiere on Astro TV in Malaysia.
“CBS continues to supply broadcasters across the globe with engaging and exciting formats,” said Paul Gilbert, Senior Vice President, International Formats, CBS Studios International. “These new series are terrific examples of how formats can be adapted and re-imagined for any international audiences.”
About CBS Studios International
CBS Studios International is the leading supplier of programming to the international television marketplace, licensing to more than 200 markets in more than 60 languages across multiple media platforms. The division distributes content from CBS Television Studios, CBS Television Distribution, Showtime, CBS News, CBS Films and a library of more than 70,000 hours of programming. The Studio participates in a number of international channel ventures and also exports a diverse lineup of formats for local production. CBS Studios International has 13 offices around the world, including its base in Los Angeles and EMEA headquarters in Amsterdam. CBS Studios International is a division of CBS Corporation.
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