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KESHET UK’S ORIGINAL COMEDY ENTERTAINMENT SHOW, CELEBRITY SHOWMANCE, TO DEBUT ON ITV2

September 15 2017
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Friday 15 September – ITV2 has commissioned Keshet UK’s new high-concept comedy entertainment show, Celebrity Showmance (6 x 60’).

Narrated by UK comedian, actor and rapper Doc Brown, Celebrity Showmance sees six single celebrities paired into three very unlikely ‘couples’ who go to hilarious lengths to convince the public that they’re in a real, romantic relationship.

In each episode, the three new celebrity couples: Chloe Sims (TOWIE) & 5ive pop star Abz Love, socialite Lady Victoria Hervey & footballer Jamie O’Hara, and Hollywood actress Hayley Hasselhoff & Kyle Christie (Geordie Shore) are set a series of ridiculous challenges to attract maximum social media attention. The celebrity duos must act out scenarios inspired by the classic phases and iconic images associated with famous celebrity couples from the past. From “We’re not Dating… Honest!” through “The Honeymoon Phase”, to the ultimate explosive “Break Up”, each task culminates in a photo or video, which the celebrities must post across their social media. Then the race is on to get the highest number of likes and comments as, unlike any other TV game show, the public are the unwitting judges – awarding points without even knowing it. The couple with the highest score at the end of the series is declared the ultimate Celebrity Showmance.

Fusing television and social media, Celebrity Showmance is a whirlwind of parties and Instagram feeds, shining a spotlight on the crazy world of celebrity relationships.

Satmohan Panesar, Commissioner, Factual Entertainment at ITV said, “This show looks at the world of celebrity in a fun way, with its tongue firmly in its cheek and I hope that it strikes a chord with ITV2’s growing audience of younger viewers.”

David Williams, Creative Director for Non Scripted at Keshet UK added, “We all love a celebrity couple but as we know, sometimes all isn’t as it seems. But thanks to the hilarious efforts of our six courageous celebrities, Celebrity Showmance is a topical and affectionate take on the world of showbiz today.”

Celebrity Showmance was ordered for ITV2 by Paul Mortimer, ITV’s Head of Digital Channels and Acquisitions and commissioned by Satmohan Panesar, Commissioner, Factual Entertainment. The format was devised by Keshet UK’s David Williams who serves as the series’ Creative Director, with Susan Maxwell as Executive Producer and Sarah Church as Series Producer. Keshet International (KI) will distribute the series and debut it to international buyers at MIPCOM 2017.

 

About Keshet UK:

Established in 2012, Keshet UK is an independent production company based in London, part of Keshet International. From premium, original drama and big budget, primetime entertainment formats, to youth-skewed reality series; Keshet UK has the capabilities to produce an array of programming for key UK and international broadcasters, and is active in every genre. It is renowned for working with some of the best local talent the UK has to offer including BAFTA award-winning and Golden Globe nominated writer, Peter Bowker (The A Word, Marvellous, Blackpool) and BAFTA award-winning writer and producer, Jon Brown (Loaded, Fresh Meat, Peep Show, Misfits, Babylon).

Its programming includes the critically acclaimed BBC One drama The A Word, Channel 4 comedy-drama Loaded and workplace dating show When Do You Get Off? for ITVBe.

 

About Keshet International:
Keshet International (KI) is Keshet Media Group’s global distribution and production arm. Headed by CEO Alon Shtruzman, it includes KI’s local production subsidiaries (Keshet UK, Keshet Studios in the US, Keshet Asia, Keshet MX in Mexico and Tresor Produktions in Germany) as well as Keshet Digital Studios, Keshet Films, Keshet International Gaming and its global distribution arm. KI’s catalogue spans all genres including drama, comedy, game show, talent show, documentaries, factual entertainment/reality dating and kids and includes both original content developed within the KI network of companies and select third party IP. 

Highlights include the international hit Prisoners of War, upon which the prime time Emmy® winner Homeland was based; gripping espionage thriller False Flag; the high octane game show BOOM!; hit interactive talent show Rising Star and children’s talent show Master Class; reality dating format Girlfri3nds; and international Emmy® Award-winning ‘buddy comedy’ Traffic Light.

More information:

Laura Saunders, Keshet International
T: +44 203 771 0043

M: +44 7568 557 238

laura.saunders@keshet-tv.com

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