Seven secures buzzy Red Arrow formats

Kiss Bang Love 2Network Seven in Australia has taken local rights to new Red Arrow International formats Kiss Bang Love and The Day the Cash Came.

Both formats launched internationally at MIPCOM earlier this month, and the Seven deal brings the number of territories Kiss Bang Love (pictured) is heading for to eight and The Day the Cash Came to four.

Kiss Bang Love is billed as a “provocative new dating experiment”. Coming from the Danish creator of Married at First Sight, Snowman Productions, it is currently in production in Germany for ProSieben, with Red Arrow Group’s RedSeven Entertainment attached to produce. There will also be remakes in Italy, France, Spain, Belgium, the Netherlands and Finland.

The Day the Cash Came is a real-world social experiment format that CPL Productions created for BBC One in the UK. It sees low-income families given a year’s salary as one lump sum with no strings attached to test whether they make wise choices.

Endemol Shine Australia will make Seven’s version. Versions in the Netherlands and Belgium are also being lined up.

“Both Kiss Bang Love and The Day the Cash Came are noisy social experiments and we are excited to bring them to Australian audiences,” said Seven’s director of production, Brad Lyons. “In what was a very buoyant MIPCOM these were the stand out formats and we are excited to be working again with our friends at Red Arrow and Endemol Shine.”

“We have had an exceptional year for formats, with the breadth and quality of our shows proving a massive draw to broadcasters and producers,” said Red Arrow International managing director Henrik Pabst. “From the moment we announced Kiss Bang Love and The Day the Cash Came the level of interest has been unprecedented, and I am delighted that they are now travelling the world.”

Seven has also ordered its own version of BBC variety format Saturday Night Takeaway, which will be known locally as Sunday Night Takeaway.

ITV Studios Australia will produce the show, which along with the new Red Arrow shows comprises part of Seven’s new season programming line-up.