International distributor DRG has taken exclusive global rights (excluding the UK & Ireland) to Honey I Bought The House, the factual entertainment format which was just picked up for a full series by UKTV’s flagship entertainment channel Watch. DRG has secured rights to both the format and the finished programme, with plans to launch Honey I Bought The House at MIPCOM in October.
From Objective Productions/Crook Productions, Honey I Bought The House follows a couple who are given £15 000 to buy their first home, before they are separated with one of them having to buy a property within three weeks or lose the cash. UKTV recently ordered an eight episode first season after they piloted the project as part of their Format Labs Initiative. Sarah Wood is the series producer, while Matt Crook and Andrew Newman are the executive producers.
Additionally, DRG has also acquired global distribution rights to Channel 5’s six episode series Supersized, which is produced by ITN Productions and examines why Britain is getting fatter. The international distributor plans to launch Supersized and Honey I Bought The House at MIPCOM in October. The two titles join DRG vast catalogue of programmes, which also includes Don’t Tell The Bride, Whose Holiday Is It Anyway?, Choccywoccydoodah and The Real Hustle.
“The factual entertainment genre is a key genre for DRG, and we are excited to be taking these two titles to MIPCOM. Honey I Bought The House is a unique take on the perennially popular property show genre, whilst Supersized takes a serious look at the nation’s growing obesity problem in an entertaining way”, said Noel Hedges, DRG’s Executive Vice President of Content. “I am sure that viewers around the world will enjoy the interesting mix of drama and heart-warming moments, alongside the social commentary these two shows provide.”