Channel 4’s factual reality series The Lie Detective, produced by True North, has lined up a slew of international sales a year after it first premiered in the UK.
The Lie Detective sees deception expert Dan Ribacoff bring together real life couples, wannabe couples, and ex-couples engage in heart-to-heart and compellingly candid conversations with their loved ones to find out whether they’ve always told it like it is.
International distributor FremantleMedia International, who hold both tape and format rights to the show, has has completed tape sales in Africa, Russia, Sweden, Australia, Hong Kong, Taiwan, India Sub-Continent, New Zealand, Pan-Regional Asia and Latin America Pan-Regional; with additional offers pending in several other territories. FremantleMedia has also produced local adaptations of the format in several territories including the Netherlands, Belgium, Norway, Greece, Slovenia and Latvia.
“Creating a breakout format and seeing our shows remade internationally has always been an ambition for us here at True North. So to see The Lie Detective capture the imagination of so many international broadcasters so quickly is amazing”, said Marc Allen, Managing Director of True North. “We hope the success of these international versions will see the brand continue to grow globally and create a platform for more of our ideas to travel internationally”.
“When we first spoke to True North about The Lie Detective, we knew that the show had massive potential for distribution as both a finished tape sale of the Channel 4 version, but also as a format, which Fremantlemedia has converted into a remarkable number of sales”, added Angela Neillis, Director of Non-Scripted: UK, EMEA and Asia Pacific, Global Content, Fremantle Media International. “True North’s show has absolute honesty at its core which provides audiences with awkward revelations, heart felt declarations or relationship destroying confessions – all addictive viewing.”