German production company Tresor has signed an exclusive first-look deal with MGM Television’s Global Formats division for non-scripted formats in Germany. The one-year agreement, effective from this month, will give Tresor an exclusive window on all new non-scripted formats in MGM’s Global Formats catalogue.
This formal partnership between the two television companies deepens an already successful working relationship established earlier this year when they collaborated to bring MGM’s “Generation Gap” to German TV screens. Locally known as “Das Ist Mein Zeit – Die Generationenshow,” Tresor produced the 4x60’ German adaptation of MGM’s family gameshow for WDR, the free-to-air TV network operating in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia.
“Following the success of ‘Generation Gap,’ we are thrilled to have secured this first-look deal with MGM which gives us an exclusive window on their new non-scripted formats. This will ensure Tresor continues to have access to an on-going supply of fresh and high-quality ideas, including paper formats, for us to develop for our broadcast partners here in Germany,” said Axel Kühn, Managing Director at Tresor TV.
“MGM has enjoyed a long and mutually beneficial relationship with Tresor. Axel and his team are innovators and exactly the kind of producers we like to be in business with. We’re looking forward to working more closely with them,” commented Scot Cru, Executive Vice President of Global Formats and Unscripted Content at MGM.
In addition, Tresor has also renewed its current first-look deal with South Korea’s media group CJ ENM for non-scripted formats for a further 12-month term. Tresor TV and CJ ENM have worked together to adapt two formats for the German market to date: the first was the award-winning “300: War of United Voices,” which Tresor produced for Sat1 in March 2020. The second is CJ ENM’s hit music mystery show “I Can See Your Voice,” of which Tresor has produced two successful seasons for RTL so far.
"We are very thrilled to announce the extension of our first look deal with Tresor. CJ ENM and Tresor have been great partners in recent years with successful launch of our key titles such as '300: War of United Voices' and 'I Can See Your Voice'. We will continue to collaborate closely with Tresor and introduce the best of our formats to German audiences,” declared Diane Min, Head of Format Sales at CJ ENM.
“With two successful local adaptations under our belt, extending our current first-look deal with CJ ENM for a subsequent term was a no-brainer. 'I Can See Your Voice' has been a big success for Tresor and RTL here in Germany, and the interest in Korean formats shows no sign of slowing,” Axel Kuhn concluded.