Lineup Industries has struck a landmark deal with RTL Nederlands, which will see the fledgling company represent global rights to a number of the Dutch broadcaster’s formats, TVWise has learned.
Titles covered by this deal include Holland’s Top Chef: The 12 Provinces, a stripped version of Hollands Top Chef which sees amateurs go head to head in a fast-paced culinary competition, mentored by the professionals; Ultimate Dance Battle, follows a ten week contest in which four dance teams coached by choreographers live together, dance together, and ultimately battle to be the best troupe; and Abducted and Wanted, a pair of true crime series fronted by acclaimed Dutch investigative journalist John van den Heuvel.
“We have a catalogue of bold, entertaining and moving formats, and we are confident that they will achieve international success in the hands of Lineup Industries”, said Sven Sauvé, Chief Operating Officer of RTL Nederland. “This partnership gives our content global reach, allowing these formats to capture the attention of a worldwide audience.”
Distribution company Lineup Industries, founded earlier this month by former SPT execs Julian Curtis and Ed Louwerse, has been racking up deals over the past few weeks. The company previously struck a range of deals with Sky High TV, Vorst Media, Tin Can, Tuvalu Media, No Pictures Please, Noble Savage, CCCP and TV Mark to handle global distribution on a wide range of factual content. Lineup Industries will launch those titles and RTL’s formats at MIPCOM next month.
“Our deal with RTL Nederland underscores our increasing position as a go-to distribution partner for companies seeking experienced global representation”, added Ed Louwerse, Co-Founder of Lineup Industries. “These titles cross multiple in-demand genres while all combining considerable international potential with proven domestic success – forming a significant addition to our growing slate of quality IP.”