Crack Them Up

1+1, Kvartal prep Ukrainian JV network

Ukrainian production outfit Kvartal 95 has teamed up with commercial broadcaster 1+1 Media to launch a new satellite channel as part of a multi-year strategic partnership. According to the pair, Kvartal TV is scheduled for launch in August. The service, which will be available in HD, will be aimed at a younger audience with a […]

Electus acquires Ukrainian comedy format

US multiplatform studio Electus has acquired comedy panel format Crack Them Up from vendor Eccho Rights. Electus has taken Stateside rights to the Ukrainian format. Former 3Ball producer Barry Poznick’s Barracuda TV is attached to the show. Crack Them Up comes from Ukraine’s Studio Kvartal 95 and was originally produced for Inter TV. It has […]

Chinese net plans to Crack Them Up

Chinese broadcaster Jiangxi has ordered a local version of Ukrainian ‘reverse’ comedy panel format Crack Them Up – the first foreign acquisition of its kind for the channel. The Chinese version represents Jiangxi’s first international format and comes as China prepares to bring in tough new regulations limiting the number of overseas titles that can […]

Mastiff acquires Eccho’s Exit

Zodiak-owned Mastiff has picked up Eccho Rights entertainment format Exit, as one of several deals Scandinavian-based vendor Eccho has secured. Mastiff has secured Danish production rights on the much-travelled hi-octane format, which originated on NTV in Japan, though no broadcaster has been announced. “We are very optimistic that we will go into production in our […]

MIPTV News: Eccho Rights wants to Crack Them Up

Scandinavia-based distributor Eccho Rights is launching a Ukrainian comedy panel format with a twist at MIPTV. Crack Them Up sees members of the public attempt to make a fair of comedian panelists laugh, gaining cash in the process. The ‘reverse’ panel show’s host can award money for even the slightest hint of a smile on […]