Oct 13, 2014


Small World IFT has inked a landmark agreement for its brand new reality format All-Star Lifeguards! – which debuts to the global market at MIPCOM this week – as NT1, part of the TF1 Group in France, sign the first international license for a local adaptation.

The new French version will be produced in-house by TF1 Productions. It will be adapted utilising the cost-effective production hub established for the beach-based reality format in Thailand. Originally created by Aito Media for Jim in Finland, All-Star Lifeguards! sees ten of the nation’s celebrities embark on the most challenging experience of their lives as they train to be lifeguards. This new deal marks the first commission of the format outside Finland, where it is currently airing to hit ratings on a primetime week day slot.

The deal was brokered by Ludovic Attal, Head of formats development and acquisitions at TF1 Productions and Luci Burnley, SVP Format Sales at Small World IFT.

Luci Burnley at Small World commented, “We’re delighted to announce this major new deal in France as we debut All-Star Lifeguards! at MIPCOM. This is an incredibly cost-effective format for local adaptation, with a scenic production hub established in Thailand. Combining this with the huge success of the current series in Finland and the vast entertainment potential as celebrities are put through their paces in an entirely new way, results in a very attractive idea for the global market and we’re expecting to announce more international versions of All-Star Lifeguards! very soon.”

In each episode of All-Star Lifeguards!, ten beach-bronzed celebrities compete against each other in missions that will measure their fitness, courage and tolerance. As the show progresses, the weak are whittled down and eliminated until one champion walks away with a cash prize – and a new profession! Alongside the physically challenging lifeguard training, the series follows the stars’ daily lives in their tropical beach resort home. As the celebrities take on the pressures of real lifeguard training and swimsuit-wearing, the presenter and their lifeguard side-kick put them through their paces.

Debuting on Jim in Finland in September 2014, episode one of All-Star Lifeguards! took the number one spot against all commercial channels in the country, securing a 250% increase on the slot average.

C21 Media: TF1 takes Finnish reality format
MIPCOM '14: TF1, Small World IFT ink “Lifeguards!” deal

View trailer and episodes here

Oct 10, 2014

MIPCOM attendees, join us for a festive cocktail at our exclusive screening of Rescuing Santa!

Tuesday 14th Oct 2014
Screening - 15:30
Cocktails - 17:00
Auditorium K, Palais Level 3

Rescuing Santa is the ground-breaking 6 x 30’ family musical adventure series that tells a timeless story of friendship and courage. Created by Aito Media, Small World and YLE. Rescuing Santa debuts on YLE in December 2014.

View trailer and episodes here

Oct 7, 2014

By Peter White

UK producers are eyeing formats from Asia as they bid to find the next Dragons' Den.

Chalkboard TV, the indie set up by former Shine exec Ben Hall, has optioned South Korean travel show Better Late Than Never (a.k.a. Grandpas Over Flowers), while NBC Universal has picked up the international rights to family-friendly format Where Are We Going, Dad?.

Better Late Than Never (a.k.a. Grandpas Over Flowers) was originally made by South Korean indie CJ E&M for TVN and features four elderly actors travelling the world with little preparation or money. Small World IFT, the format company set up by Tim Crescenti, who brought Dragons' Den to an international audience, secured the rights outside of Asia and brokered the deal with Chalkboard. “When I saw it, I realised it had real integrity. It wasn't just a bunch of D-listers singing and dancing. It also wasn’t forced reality – scripted reality to me is just bad acting," said Crescenti.

Chalkboard’s Hall saw the show on a work trip to Singapore and quickly optioned the rights for the UK. The indie, which was cofounded by former BBC formats exec Mike Benson and Total Wipeout producer Warwick Banks, is now casting the series and is in talks with UK broadcasters. NBC has already ordered a US version of the show, which will be titled Better Late Than Never. It is made by The Bucket List producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron.

Hall said the show was “sweet” and essentially “granddads on a gap year”. He added that the UK television industry was increasingly receptive to ideas from around the world. “The format industry is based on reassurance,” he said.

Click here to read the full article

View trailer and episodes here

Oct 2, 2014

We are proud to confirm today that Small World has sold the format for the international hit family entertainment series, The Fan to Sky 1 in the UK and Ireland.

Entitled The Fanatics the 8 x 60' series will be produced by Sony Pictures Television's Victory Television. Making its UK and Irish debut later next year, The Fanatics will be hosted by Baz Ashmawy

Originally devised in Thailand by Work Point Entertainment, the format was also previously a hit on Sweden's TV4, where it aired under the title "Fantasterna" and was produced by Baluba. Small World IFT launched the format internationally after it became the most awarded game show in Asian TV history.

Small World President, Tim Crescenti, says, "This is a fan-damn-tastic format which we know is going to be a big hitter. It has been a huge success in Thailand and has already sold to a number of big territories across Europe. We are sure that UK and Irish audiences will enjoy seeing these true fanatics fighting it out the only way they know how – by knowing an awful lot about the one thing they hold most dear to their hearts – whatever that may be."

In each closed-ended episode of this long running successful entertainment show, five passionate, competitive talented super fans battle it out in their chosen field. Sight, sound, touch and taste are put to the test as these fascinating characters are quizzed to their limits – to reveal who knows the most about very little.

"I love the vision that Sky and the production team at Victory have for the show," says Baz. "It's a quirky fun show with wonderfully warm, interesting and slightly obsessive contestants. It's going to be a lot of fun to make. I can't wait!"

Adam MacDonald, Director of Sky 1 commented: We are excited that Baz has agreed to host The Fanatics. It is a big joyous celebration of the passions that enthral us and Baz is perfect to drive it."

Chris Brogden, Commissioning Editor for Sky Entertainment added: "THE FANATICS will make heroes out of the most unlikely contestants and celebrate the most passionate, most committed and, sometimes, most eccentric people in what's set to be a fun contest for fact fans everywhere."

View trailer here

Sep 22, 2014
Small World's ALL-STAR LIFEGUARDS! is creating a very big splash in Finland where the series premiered on Channel JIM to a rapturous reception!

Episode one came in at pole position against ALL commercial channels in Finland securing a whopping audience of over 224,000 compared to a slot average of 64,000 – 250% increase.

The format continues with superb ratings for episode two, scoring 227% above the slot average!

View the brand new trailer here.

[Ratings source Finnpanel]

View trailer and episodes here

Sep 03, 2014
BREAKING NEWS: NBC snaps up Small World's Better Late Than Never (a.k.a. Grandpas Over Flowers) format

Format distributor Small World IFT has signed a landmark deal with US broadcaster NBC to adapt the popular South Korean format, Better Late Than Never (a.k.a. Grandpas Over Flowers). The US title will be Better Late Than Never.

Now in its second season in South Korea, the CJ E&M created sensation is a refreshing, humorous and heart-warming reality series following four beloved entertainment legends on their next great adventure!

Deciding it's Better Late Than Never, they devise a plan to backpack across Southeast Asia. Small World IFT has a development deal with NBC, which was recently renewed for an additional year.

In China, the local adaptation on Dragon TV premiered well above the slot average this summer. Rights have been sold in several other territories with new Grandpas being cast for local versions coming to a screen near you soon!

[C21 Media] US deal for Korea's Grandpas
[Variety] NBC Says 'Better Late Than Never' to Korean Format 'Grandpas'
[Hollywood Reporter] NBC to Remake South Korean Variety Show 'Better Late Than Never (a.k.a. Grandpas Over Flowers)'
[Deadline] NBC Adapting Korean Geriatric Travel Reality Series With Craig Zadan, Neil Meron
[Entertainment Weekly] NBC to adapt travel show based on South Korean 'Better Late Than Never (a.k.a. Grandpas Over Flowers)'
[C21Media] US deal for Korea's Grandpas
[Broadway World] Neil Meron & Craig Zadan to Team on Celebrity Adventure Series for NBC
[Global Post] NBC to remake S. Korean TV show, 'Better Late Than Never (a.k.a. Grandpas Over Flowers)'
[Uproxx] NBC Is Making A Reality Show About Grandpas Traveling The World
[The Korea Herald] NBC to remake Korean TV show 'Better Late Than Never (a.k.a. Grandpas Over Flowers)'
[TBI Vision] NBC to remake Korea's Grandpas

View trailer and episodes here

Sep 09, 2014
KOCCA Format Workshop 2014

Our thanks to 'The Format People' Partners CEO Michel Rodrigue and CCO Justin Scroggie for inviting Tim Crescenti, President of Small World to participate in the Formats A-Z course in Seoul. Designed by TFP for KOCCA (Korea Creative Content Agency) the organisation dedicated to the development of South Korea's content industry.

Tim's presentation was part of the "Exploitation of Success" session and was titled ‘The Secrets of International Distribution'.

Tim looked at the key values that make a show not only a format, but also one with the potential to travel. He offered advice on pitching, important sales tools, marketing strategy and distribution choices.

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Aug 28, 2014
Tim Crescenti, President of Small World IFT will be a part of the panel speaking at this year's BCWW2014 event on 4th September at 14:00 to 15:10.

In the session "Willing to Die for Drama", global experts analyse influences of rapid changes of distribution circumstances to the drama production. In this condition, the Super-drama, which catches eyes of the buyers, emerges. The experts discuss audience requirements, trends and what the key elements of the Super-drama are.

Session details: Conference Room South 307, COEX, Seoul, Address : COEX, World Trade Center Samseong-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul 135-731, Korea

June 23, 2014
Small World is Going to Natpe Europe! That's right, we have a busy week scheduled full of exciting meetings at the Hilton hotel in Prague, Czech Republic for Natpe Europe which runs from Monday 23rd to Thursday 26th June.
(Logo courtesy of the good people at Natpe, © NATPE. All rights reserved.)

May 1, 2014
Our hearts and prayers with Paul Gilbert and family with the passing of his wonderful wife Linda. Linda worked for us at Small World getting us started. She and Paul are two giving, loving people and treasured friends in the int'l format world.

May 1, 2014
Love FAQ, the brand new studio entertainment show now hosted by Finnish – Swedish comedian André Wickström airing on Liv, Finland in the 21:00pm slot. Love FAQ is an irreverent entertainment show featuring four notable comedians testing their knowledge on frequently asked questions sent in from viewers at home dealing with love, sex and relationships. more...

February 28, 2014
Visiting the Rescuing Santa shoot in Tampere, Finland! Here are some pictures of the production which looks fantastic. Aito, Small World and YLE developed this magical scripted musical series together and will launch in the 2014 festive season.

February 12, 2014
Chef at Your Door heats up Ukraine as production began Feb 9 in Kiev, and will debut March 23 on Inter TV. Bon appetit!

January 24, 2014
Small World Formats Update

January 21, 2014
Small World is Miami-bound for NATPE Jan 27-29, are you? We have three new formats to bring to the Florida sun.

January 12, 2014
Happy new year to all and holiday fun with Marvelous Morgan! Yes, we keep trying to get her back onto our team, but she is always loved family.

December 7, 2013

December 7, 2013
Small World's Tim is in Tel Aviv teaching at EMC this weekend at two Master Classes; more info here.

November 14, 2013
JAPANIZI MORE THAN DOUBLES RATINGS! "Japanizi: Going, Going, Gong" Surges to Series Highs in Total Viewers and Across All Target Kid and Boys Demographics on Disney XD in the US!

At 7:30 p.m., competition game show "Japanizi" soared over its week-ago premiere, recording series highs across all demos, including Total Viewers (998,000), Kids 6-14 (526,000/1.5 rating), Kids 6-11 (436,000/1.8 rating) and Kids 2-11 (558,000/1.4 rating).

Versus its week-ago launch, "Japanizi" more than doubled in Total Viewers (+100% - 998,000 vs. 498,000), and posted strong double and triple digits increases, most notably by 69% in Kids 6-14 (526,000 vs. 312,000) and by 109% in Boys 6-14 (322,000 vs. 154,000).

November 4, 2013
Big in Japan spin-off, Japanizi: Going Going Gong! debuts today at 7:30 ET/PT on Disney XD. It will air Mon-Fri the entire month of November. Watch

October 15, 2013
Bristow Global Media acquires format rights to Miss Country Girl and Letters To The President (created by Daniel Bertin). Full Story

October 08, 2013
Small World, Aito and YLE look for Santa
Aito Media and Finnish Broadcasting Company YLE have agreed to launch a new format production model. Full Story

September 11, 2013
Chef at Your Door Poland Ratings We're excited to let you know that the premiere of Chef at Your Door on Poland's TVP1 was a great success on Saturday evening. The show looks amazing, produced by Rochstar for TVP1 in the 18.30 Saturday evening slot. Full Story

September 10, 2013
NBC Inks Small World Dev Deal US network NBC has signed a six-month development deal with format outfit Small World IFT to find new unscripted properties from around the globe. Full Story

September 3, 2013
Content Media Buys 50 Percent Stake in Finnish TV Producer Aito Media c21media.net

August 29, 2013
Celebrating ten years of Aito Media with our friends in Helsinki.

August 19, 2013
Small World IFT's Chef At Your Door Lands In Poland.

July 4, 2013
From Cannes, France.. the Small World friends takes to the streets during MIP. Colleen Ilkka, Franz, Eero, John, Luci, David, Marius, Monica and Vera

June 25, 2013
Bieber boss buys into Romanian format - www.c21media.net - NATPE: The manager behind music acts including Justin Bieber and The Wanted has picked up the format rights to a Romanian talent show from Small World IFT.

June 21, 2013
"The Night Patrol" Locked Up For Two More Seasons On SBS Discovery Norway's Max Channel. Read the Press Release.

June 5, 2013
Small World will be attending NATPE East in Budapest, June 25 - 27. Join us!

Apr 17, 2013
Miss Country Girl format to debut in Thailand this Saturday on TV3! Sponsored by Proctor and Gamble and created by Media Factory groovy cats.

April 17, 2013
From Cannes, France.. the Small World friends takes to the streets during MIP. Colleen Ilkka, Franz, Eero, John, Luci, David, Marius, Monica and Vera

Apr 08, 2013
TV Norge just informed us that Aito's The Night Patrol is officially renewed for seasons 2 and 3! More champagne today.

Apr 02, 2013
Fantasterna (The Fan from Thailand) made its' European debut last night to #1 ratings on TV4 in Sweden! As our colleagues said in Sweden, "this is a big win!"......... the ratings were more than channel expected with over 1 million viewers, easily coming in #1. It had a 28% share in its 8pm prime-time slot. 9 more episodes to air. Thank you Henrik, Catherine and Nenne for all the Nice Productions and TV4 support and believing in this format.

Mar 06, 2013
The Fan comes to Europe with April 1 debut on TV4 Sweden at 8:00pm! It will be a whole new ballgame for Thailand's Workpoint format The Fan with its' first Western adaptation.

Feb 15, 2013
Miss Country Girl makes history in Asia!... Romania's Media Factory hugely successful format Miss Country has made history with headlines in the press: This is the first Romanian format to be sold and produced in Asia. Have some fun reading with these links...
P&G takes Romanian Girl to Thailand

February 5, 2013
We had a wedding! From our son Daniel's wedding on Jan 5, with his bride Casey, Colleen and Kelli. Giddy-up.

January 30, 2013
The Night Patrol debuted in Jan 17 on TV Norge Max channel and DOUBLED the share for that time period! The average share in that 8:30pm prime time slot is 4.5. The Night Patrol delivered at 9.1!....Yes, 9.1!!! As in double the average share.

January 28, 2013

Chef at Your Door (from Tresor TV) began season 2 in France on January 12 on Guilli TV!

January 21, 2013

The Night Patrol premiered in January in Norway on TV Norge-MAX channel...more countries coming soon, giddyup! Lots of other productions happening with Japan Game Show Invasion, Miss Country Girl and The Fan. Stay tuned...

November 16, 2012

Melissa Thompson returns to Small World as new mommy!

October 25, 2012
Scandi Sales for Small World

Thai format The Fan is continuing its international roll-out, after Small World IFT sealed a deal in Sweden, one of two Nordic sales for the distributor.

read article...
October 12, 2012
October 8, 2012
BREAKING: The Kitchen Musical, scripted format from The Group Entertainment, nominated for 2 International Emmys: Best Drama Series and Best Performance by an Actor! Congratulations also to Workpoint Entertainment for Wittaya Subprayuth's Kids Non-Scripted Nod!
September 19, 2012
VOTE NOW for Small World formats at C21's International Format Awards! Click on the link below to register and vote for our fabulous shows, The Kitchen Musical, Mom Made Me A Star, and Undercover Massage!

It is quick and easy to vote. Simply click on the link below:

Navigate between each category by selecting the category title and then vote for your favourite show by clicking on the box to the right of the show name. You will be able to see who you have voted for as the show name will appear beneath the corresponding category.

Votes can be changed at any stage until 2nd October 2012. You must be a registered user of C21Media.net, and signed into the site, to vote.

Aug 30, 2012
Tim Crescenti the "Seoul" man will be a featured speaker at the BCWW conference in Seoul, South Korea September 5-7 ......and not to make our Ukrainian friends jealous, he will also make an appearance on the panel at Kiev Media Week 2012, Sept 11- 14 . Please join the fun!
Aug 20, 2012
Undercover Massage, applying the pinpoint pressure that is needed to boost channel ratings! Recent episodes have doubled audience in time slot. Attracting all demos, get in on the rub-down.

Aug 15, 2012
The hilarious game show Rhyme and Reason is reborn as Rhyme, Rap and Reason with the Small World touch. Sizzle reel coming soon.... Small World introduces Yard Sale Hunters. It's the ultimate scavenger hunt with hidden treasures waiting at every stop. We'll see who knows the difference between Gold and Garbage. Come join the hunt! Sizzle reel coming soon....


  • 27 Jun 2012
    RENEWED! We are pleased to announce CHEF AT YOUR DOOR
    RENEWED! We are pleased to announce CHEF AT YOUR DOOR (formerly CASH KITCHEN) has been renewed in France for a second season. "UN CHEF A MA PORTE" (it's like the French have a different word for everything...thank you Steve Martin) will produce an additional 21 episodes for 2013. We assume when you double the ratings in time slot, fantastic things happen! Merci and oui oui.

    A mouth-watering family-fun recipe for success..... Congrats to our Tresor friends.

  • 27 Jun 2012
    Small World Strikes deal with Content Media Corp.
    Small World Strikes deal with Content Media Corp. Content CEO John Schmidt announced a new strategic alliance deal with Small World IFT to create a global portfolio. Crescenti responded effusively, "this is fan-damn-tatic! We are thrilled to work with the splendid John and his terrific team."
    Variety - Content, Small World team
    RealScreen - Content strikes formats deal with Small World IFT
    Deadline - Content Media Announces Deal With Small World IFT
  • 12 Jun 2012
    Small World Poaches CBS Int'l Exec Karla Burgos
    Small World Poaches CBS Int'l Exec Karla Burgos. In another act of human kindness and grace, CBS Int'l' Paul Gilbert allowed Small World to steal away one of its' top talents Karla Burgos to become their new head of development and sales. Previous four years saw Karla as CBS Int'l formats coordinator as well as Paul Gilbert's disciplinarian.
  • 02 Apr 2012
    WIT's Virginia Mouseler showcases Undercover Massage
    The WIT's Virginia Mouseler showcases Undercover Massage at Fresh TV presentation at MIP-TV.
  • 26 Mar 2012
    Cash Kitchen, now called Chef at Your Door, started off at a boil with its premiere in France!
    Cash Kitchen, now called Chef at Your Door, started off at a boil with its premiere in France! 280,000 viewers the first week and 100,000 more in week two - more than DOUBLE the station average! Episode 2 ratings:
    • 390,000 viewers 4+
    • 1.9% share viewers 4+
    • 4.1% share households with children
  • 23 Mar 2012
    The Kitchen Musical SOLD in Italy!
  • 21 Mar 2012
    Mom Made Me A Star now in production!
  • 20 Mar 2012
    The Kitchen Musical - New York Festival finalist in two categories!
  • 07 Mar 2012
    Cash Kitchen debuts in France on March 18!
  • 07 Mar 2012
    Big in Japan (I Survived a Japanese Game Show) has been optioned in India!
  • 05 Dec 2011
    The Kitchen Musical hits over ONE MILLION views on YouTube!
    The Kitchen Musical hits over ONE MILLION views on YouTube! Check out all the videos of The Kitchen Musical YouTube channel.
  • 28 Nov 2011
    Miss Country Girl premieres this Wednesday, November 30th, on Ukraine's 1+1 Channel.
    Miss Country Girl premieres this Wednesday, November 30th, on Ukraine's 1+1 Channel. Check out the promo.
  • 22 Nov 2011
    Check out the latest and greatest trailer for Rescuing Santa
    Check out the latest and greatest trailer for Rescuing Santa, coming Winter 2012 from Lapland, Finland.
  • 16 Nov 2011
    Small World announces its first format sale in Europe for The Kitchen Musical
    Small World announces its first format sale in Europe for The Kitchen Musical, picked up by Casanova Media in Italy. Press Release
  • 26 Oct 2011
    Small World makes headline news in Deadline Hollywood today
    Small World makes headline news in Deadline Hollywood today - ABC has signed on Friends' creator Marta Kauffman to write a pilot script for The Kitchen Musical, titled "The Avalon" in the US!
  • 10 Oct 2011
    The Kitchen Musical and creator CheeK are featured in CNN, as the show premieres in Asia.
  • 06 Oct 2011
    Small World makes more headline news at MIPCOM
    Small World makes more headline news at MIPCOM, as we announce 26-ready made episodes of The Kitchen Musical have been sold to Channel Bliss in Norway, part of the TV2 group.
  • 03 Oct 2011
    Small World IFT kicks off MIPCOM with a big press announcement
    Small World IFT kicks off MIPCOM with a big press announcement: Viasat has picked up Miss Country Girl in 11 territories! Miss Country Girl is currently in production in Ukraine and the third season is being broadcast on Prima TV in Romania. Press Release