Lineup Industries has sold the US version of documentary format "Emergency Call" to Australia’s Nine Network, New Zealand’s TV3 and Talpa TV in the Netherlands, just after further episodes of the tense, compelling series, are poised to debut on ABC in the US later this year, produced by 8 Hours Television and hosted by actor Luke Wilson.
"Emergency Call" follows the ups and downs of regular shifts in an emergency call centre through the ears and eyes of the people who work there. The ABC primetime series features call centres in a diverse range of US towns including: Wasilla, Alaska; Austin, Texas; Waukesha County, Wisconsin; Weber County, Utah; and New Orleans, Louisiana.
The "Emergency Call" format was originally created by De chinezen for Belgium broadcaster VRT Eén, the Flemish public channel. Lineup Industries handles global distribution for the series, which has been made locally in Belgium (both Flemish and French), Australia, Germany, France, the Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland, as well as being actively optioned for further markets.
Julian Curtis, co-founder of Lineup Industries said: “This timely, real-life look behind the scenes of those in the front line of emergency service provision is proving to be gripping television, particularly following the impact of the global pandemic and a deeper awareness of the importance of first responders. It is testament to the resonance and impact of the show with viewers that we are signing tapes sales, as well as local format deals. ABC and 8 Hours have made a compelling documentary show in the US with episodes full of tense, powerful, sometimes humorous and often unexpected moments for people whose job it is to field those important life-changing calls.”
his timely, real-life look behind the scenes of those in the front line of emergency service provision is proving to be gripping television, particularly following the impact of the global pandemic and a deeper awareness of the importance of first responders” Julian Curtis co-founder of Lineup Industries