The development is from Me, Myself & I creator Dan Kopelman, Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment, Michael Strahan and his SMAC Entertainment, New Media Vision, Red Arrow Studios International and CBS Studios.
Written by Kopelman and titled Game Time, the new single camera comedy will be adapted from the successful original series produced by Ape & Bjørn for NRK in Norway, and revolves around a family whose daily life is punctuated by the running commentary of professional sports reporters.
Kopelman will executive produce with Aaron Kaplan and Dana Honor for Kapital Entertainment, Wendi Trilling for Trill TV, Strahan, Constance Schwartz-Morini and Thea Mann for SMAC Entertainment, Todd Lituchy for New Media Vision, Shirley Bowers for Red Arrow Studios International, along with Martin Lund and Ruben Thorkildsen.
The deal is managed for Red Arrow Studios International by Shirley Bowers, VP Sales & Acquisitions for North America, Australia and New Zealand.
Tim Gerhartz, SVP Global Sales at Red Arrow Studios International said: “It is fantastic to see Match in development at CBS, with such a talented and high-profile team on board. With its unique premise and irresistible humour, Match is ideally positioned to score a place in the hearts of audiences in the US.”
This deal joins two further developments Red Arrow Studios International has with CBS. Last October, it was announced the company’s acclaimed German drama series Einstein is in development with CBS, written and executive produced by Lauren Gussis, the creator of Insatiable, and executive produced by American Gothic creator Corinne Brinkerhoff.
Additionally, Red Arrow Studios International’s scripted format Danni Lowinski is back in development at the broadcaster. The remake, titled Danni Delgado, will be executive produced by Jennie Snyder Urman, developer and showrunner of Jane the Virgin, and her Sutton St. Productions.
Red Arrow Studios International distributes the Match scripted format worldwide. The original Norwegian series follows Stian – a twenty-something guy with twenty-something guy problems. The only thing a little different about him are the two sports presenters who give a running commentary on every aspect of his life! He can’t see them, but they can see him, and are more than happy to chat tactics, performance and foul-ups as Stian navigates life.