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Political dating format gets Magnified


UK distribution and rights management firm Magnify Media has picked up a factual format in which rival politicians are sent out on dates together to discuss key topics.

Political Blind Date was commissioned by Canadian network TVO and is produced by Toronto-based indie Open Door Co.

In each half-hour episode two politicians from opposite sides of the house meet face-to-face to speak about polarising topics such as cannabis legalisation. On day one, the first politician takes the other on a date in a location that best illustrates their point of view, and then they swap roles on day two.

Magnify, founded by former Zeal Entertainment and DRG exec Andrea Jackson in 2016, will shop the format internationally and has already signed an option deal with Israeli prodco Zygote Films.

The show was created by executive producer Tom Powers and developed with producer Amanda Handy and series director and writer Mark Johnston at Canadian indie Nomad Films. The first season premiered before Christmas and a second has already been greenlit by TVO.

Powers said: “Politics had become riven by partisanship, with politicians’ real personalities increasingly masked by prepared scripts and carefully spun messages. There are not many opportunities to look into the day-to-day life of a politician and see that they’re human beings, like the rest of us.”

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