EXCLUSIVE: Network 10 has reached a settlement with The Living Room producers over the use of its name, paving the way for the show to return in 2020.
The agreement means 10 has been able to avoid plans for a new-look lifestyle show with hosts Amanda Keller, Chris Brown, Miguel Maestre and Barry DuBois.
But in a telling sign of negotiations, producers WTFN will no longer produce the series.
WTFN said in a statement to TV Tonight, “WTFN has reached a commercial settlement with Network 10 to sell the name and trademark forThe Living Room.
“WTFN is retaining its rights in the format and all international rights to the program and the format.”
Last November Network 10 said in a statement, “The Living Room will not return in 2020,” but noted that the hosts would be back. Industry speculation suggested the network was looking to take the series in-house in what was considered a cost-cutting decision.
Yesterday 10 was coy on specifics. A spokesperson told TV Tonight, “Late last year we announced Amanda, Barry, Miguel and Chris would be returning to Friday nights on 10 with a brand new entertainment lifestyle show.
“Amanda, Barry, Miguel and Chris are a family, and whenever they are together there’s a strong sense of home. Therefore, the show will retain its original name – The Living Room.”
While the return is a win for viewers, it appears more brutal for WTFN, which produced the series for 8 seasons, winning 4 Logie Awards.
However the company will retain its rights in the format and all international rights to the program and the format.
WTFN CEO Daryl Talbot said “When we created The Living Room, we reinvigorated the lifestyle TV genre on Australian TV. Obviously, Australians loved the fresh approach to information about food, renovation and travel.
“We appreciate the opportunity 10 gave us to develop an original concept that has become an iconic brand.”
The deal also enables WTFN’s distribution company, FRED to sell completed episodes to networks around the world. FRED recently sold several seasons to CBS in the USA, which is expected to start airing in the next few months.
Chief Operating Officer of FRED, Roger Vanderspikken, added, “We have the ability to adapt the format to suit the viewing habits of different regions around the world.
“Our bible has been devised with more than 300 episodes of experience, and thousands of stories behind it, so it has massive appeal.”
A return date for The Living Room is yet to be confirmed.