"Long Lost Family"
Lineup Industries has signed a significant package deal with ABC in Australia that will see format "Long Lost Family" on the channel in a weekday daytime slot from May. The Australian Pubblic Broadcaster has snapped up the first eight seasons of the original UK series as well as the first three seasons of the UK follow up show "Long Lost Family: What Happened Next."
"Long Lost Family" is an evergreen global format juggernaut for both local versions and tape sales. Over the course of two decades on air, it has been produced for channels including TLC in the US, NPO 1 in The Netherlands, Nelonen in Finland, Sweden’s TV4, Reshet in Israel, Ten in Australia, DR Denmark, and the UK’s ITV where it is in a 12th season. Spin-off show Born Without Trace is also a success in its own right, the UK iteration of the Long Lost Family franchise have been recognised by awards from BAFTA, Grierson, National TV and TV Choice.
Julian Curtis, Founder of Lineup Industries said: “This format is one of the longest running on the market and continues to go from strength to strength, consistently winning and retaining audiences. We’re seeing significant demand for tape alongside local remakes, which is testament to how it remains one of the best performing factual entertainment shows in the market. The UK version is a flagship show - in demand in many international territories - and the soon to be available rights to the US version will continue to bolster the brand.”
In each episode of "Long Lost Family" viewers are taken on a moving journey, from the revealing moment relatives are told their loved one has been traced, to the raw moment of the reunion which, in many cases, would only ever have happened in their wildest dreams.