Pop Monkey Acquires Hit Formats From UK, Canada and Indonesia Also Finalists in MIPTV's Content 360 Competition LOS ANGELES, CA (MARCH 29, 2011) Pop Monkey Productions,
the recently formed TV company set up by British multi-platform
producers Chuck Thomas and Simone Thorogood with US TV veterans Syd
Vinnedge and Hugh Wright, have announced a raft of new deals in
preparation for MIPTV.
In acquisitions, Pop Monkey have snagged multi-territory rights to
"In The Dark", the hugely successful international comedy game format
which first aired on Channel 5 in the UK. The indie has also secured US
rights to "Gutter Ball Alley" originally a hit for Canada’s Comedy
Network and “Pilihan Mama” from Lemon Production which was a primetime
success for RCTI.
Pop Monkey has also inked a partnership with UK based AdVision TV
Studios to fund a number of TV pilots every year using their broadcast
studio facility in Kent. This follows Pop Monkey’s push into original
content and ownership of unscripted format rights after closing format
development deals with France based TF1 Production and Summer Films in the UK.
The company has also been shortlisted as finalists for MIPTV’s
Content 360 competition. Selected from a total of 157 projects from 29
countries, the team will be presenting their highly anticipated
cross-platform project UN1QUE to a panel of executives in Cannes.
Co-Founder, Simone Thorogood said "We're looking
forward to be taking part in this competition and showcasing our latest
Social TV projects at MIPTV".
Co-Founder, Chuck Thomas said "Since our launch late last year, Pop
Monkey has grown fast. We're excited to be developing and bringing
formats to US networks and to explore our global opportunities by
investing in TV pilots through our new partnership with AdVision TV
Studios in the UK".