Back2back Productions has got the greenlight for a new eight-part factual series — Outrageous Weddings — from Australia’s Seven Network in a deal brokered by UK sales and co-production agency Drive.
The Brighton-based production company has also won an order from Quest in the UK and Discovery Germany for a third series of its access series Mega Shippers.
Outrageous Weddings (8 x 60 mins) is a part doc-part clip show, commissioned by Seven director of network programming Angus Ross, that blends professional videographer wedding footage with UGC shot by guests. Outrageous Weddings is billed as “an intimate, dramatic and compelling look at the world’s best — and worst — wedding stories.”

Due to be delivered in December, the series is executive produced by back2back founder and managing director David Notman-Watt, produced by Ben Cole and distributed by Passion Distribution.
David Notman-Watt said: “Australia is one of the world’s most competitive TV markets, which makes selling a new series to one of the country’s highest rated network a real milestone. But if ever a show had ‘hit’ stamped on it, it’s Outrageous Weddings, with its mix of tears, laughter, fights, pranks and bad behaviour. We’re confident that many more broadcasters will follow Seven’s lead — the weddings featured in the series may not have been the bride and groom’s perfect day, but they make for perfect television.”
The third series of Mega Shippers (10 x 60 mins) was commissioned for Quest and Discovery Germany by Jamie Watkins, Discovery’s Content Sourcing and Acquisitions Manager for EMEA UK and AUS. The series takes viewers ‘back-stage’ to reveal the complex inner workings of some of the world’s busiest road, rail, air and sea ports, and meet the people whose skill and dedication keep Europe moving 24/7, 356 days a year. Due to be delivered in the second quarter of 2020, Mega Shippers 3 is executive produced by Rob Holloway for Quest, and David Notman-Watt and Stef Wagstaffe for back2back. It is produced by Chris Barham and distributed by Hat Trick International.
Simon Downing, SVP, head of factual and sport, Discovery said: “Our audience enjoy authentic shows that showcase the difficulties faced by individuals in some of the world’s toughest jobs. We’re pleased to be able to bring them the third series of Mega Shippers, a hugely popular observational work-place series, offering viewers an unfiltered look into the extraordinary process of international shipping.”
Mega Shippers is the second commission from Quest in two months: in July, Discovery ordered a third 20 x 60 mins season of ratings smash Scrap Kings. Slated to roll out on Quest in mid 2020, the new series follows demolition experts as they bang, blow, smash and crunch their way around the UK.

Staff Reporter

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