08 Dec 2016

Small World IFT's Grandpas Over Flowers sets course for Italy

The deal, brokered by Small World in collaboration with Endemol Shine Italy, will see a local version of the show making its Italian debut on RAI 2 in 2017. The series will be produced by Endemol Shine Italy. This latest adaptation follows the recent recommission of a second season of US version Better Late Than Never by NBC, following the huge success of the first series earlier this year, which topped the ratings charts in its 10pm slot across the whole season.

Created by CJ E&M Corporation, the original Grandpas Over Flowers secured record-breaking ratings on tvN in South Korea for three seasons. The heart-warming reality format features four veteran stars and their porter as they hit the road on a fish-out-of-water backpacking adventure of a lifetime, navigating unfamiliar cultures and settings as they travel to various countries and fulfil challenges to tick off their “bucket list”. In the US the series featured renowned actors William Shatner and Henry Winkler, American football legend Terry Bradshaw and world champion boxer George Foreman, who are all confirmed to return for the second season.

Tim Crescenti, President at Small World IFT, said, “I’m very excited to see the success of Grandpas Over Flowers build with this first commission in Europe. We have created a new genre of unscripted comedy combining humour, entertainment and adventure, as viewers get to follow these living legends on a journey of a lifetime that sees them learning as much about themselves as they do about new cultures. Grandpas Over Flowers is an inspiring, funny and an across-the-board family ratings smash. We can’t wait to take the Italian viewers on this fandamntastic viaggio! ”

Orsetta Violante Balsamo, Head of Formats Acquisitions and International at Endemol Shine Italy, added, “We're very excited to be embarking on this new adventure with the help and support of our friends from Small World. We've been tracking Better Late Than Never since it was launched as Grandpas Over Flowers in Korea and I trust the time is ripe for it to blossom in Italy.”

For further information contact:

Debbie Lawrence,The Lippin Company    
Tel: +44 (0) 203 008 5406  

About Small World IFT

Small World IFT was founded in 2005 by Tim and Colleen Crescenti to find, acquire and distribute the most unique and entertaining formats.  With over 30 years of experience, producing more than 180 shows in over 70 countries, Small World has placed seven format titles on US networks and over 55 format titles in the rest of the world, including titles such as Grandpas Over Flowers, recently adapted for NBC in the US as the summer smash hit Better Late Than Never, and now commissioned for a second season, Silent Library and the 2009 Rose d'Or winning I Survived a Japanese Game Show on ABC.  Other format finds include Miss Country Girl, Super Combat Teams and Got What It Takes? Small World IFT signed an ongoing strategic deal with global entertainment company Content Media Corporation in 2012, which sees Content’s management team and sales executives working closely with Small World to build a global formats sales company.