Renewed: Space Invaders
Nine greenlights 10 more episodes of de-cluttering, renovation and transformation from WTFN.
Nine has commissioned a second season of WTFN-produced lifestyle series Space Invaders.
Nine has just commissioned a second 10 x 60 minute series of de-cluttering, renovation and transformation. It will go into production in the second half of 2021.
Only weeks after its launch during MIPTV, distributor Fred Media has also started on early deals – both for the finished series and the format.
The completed series has been acquired by TVNZ in New Zealand and SBS in Belgium, with a further eight territories currently under negotiation. Meanwhile, leading European production companies have signed early options for the format, alongside a yet-to-be announced European broadcaster. Production companies now working on local versions include Leonine Studios (Small Not Tall, The Ultimate Chart Show) in Germany, WeMake (The Big Crazy Game Night, Split Screen) in France and Aito Media (Four Star Home Makeover, You Are What You Eat) in Finland.
Leading US producer Critical Content (Catfish, Home Free, The Great Food Truck Race) has also struck a deal to rep the format stateside.
Mem Bakar, Fred Media’s representative for UK and Western Europe, said: “Following a difficult year, which has seen lots of people forced to either work from home or spend more time indoors, so many are reappraising their living spaces – and their lives. Space Invaders not only provides lots of smart tips and advice but the fact that it also taps into how people are feeling and understands the importance of the emotional attachment we have to our homes and belongings, is what’s really resonating with broadcasters and producers. When you add in the general popularity of transformation and property shows, the high level of useful viewer takeout and a format that that’s packed with heart and easy to localise, we anticipate that these early deals will be the first of many.”
Across the globe families are battling a clutter crisis and desperately need an intervention. In the Australian series, enter inspirational declutter guru Peter Walsh. With multiple best-selling books and years ‘organising’ for TV titan Oprah Winfrey, Peter has transformed thousands of lives. Understanding that people’s belongings are heavily tied to their emotions, in confronting scenes he pushes families to take ownership of their ‘stuff’ and turn chaos to calm. Joining Peter is renovation queen Cherie Barber and treasure hunter Lucas Callaghan. Cherie has just two days to renovate the homes, with her mantra ‘minimum spend for maximum impact’. Meanwhile former Aussie Pickers star Lucas sorts through the trash to find hidden gems he can turn into fast cash. Authentic, emotion-charged and always good humoured, Space Invaders helps those in greatest need, and in the process inspires homeowners to improve their lives.