Media Ranch Distribution, the distribution arm of Quebec-based independent TV producer/ format agency Media Ranch today announces the format sale of classic 90’s Canadian dating show Coup de Foudre Love at First Sight.

The deal sees Canadian TV presenter Éric Salvail’s production company Salvail & Co remaking 50 x 30 minute episodes of the classic blind-dating show for V Media Group’s V channel in Quebec.

The new version of ‘Coup de Foudre’ will retain its core format that features unseen single men and women quizzing each other to find their ideal love match, whilst introducing modern elements of single dating including social media. The show will also feature new segments and special interest-themed contestant rounds in which, for example, joggers, seniors and ‘cougars’ will aim to meet their dream partner based on answers and personality alone.

René Ferron of Ferron International originally conceived ‘Coup De Foudre’ and the deal sees Media Ranch’s President Sophie Ferron distributing her father’s original format.

French Canadian actor Mathieu Baron will host the new series that will air in Autumn 2016.

“Right now there’s a real trend of classic formats coming back. Having worked on the original ‘Coup de Foudre’ I’m naturally delighted to see it return. We’ve had a number of approaches over the years to reboot the show but it wasn’t until recently that we have found the right partner to breathe new life into it. We think Eric’s team is the perfect fit” said President of Media Ranch Distribution, Sophie Ferron.

Media Ranch Distribution will be re launching the ‘Coup de Foudre’ format internationally at MIPCOM 2016.

The deal follows a series of international format adaptation successes and sales and awards for Media Ranch’s production business. The company recently adapted British TV hit ‘Life in The Kitchen’ for Canal Vie, was commissioned by Scripps Networks UK & EMEA to produce key format ‘Baggage Battles’ and agreed a deal with publisher Ivy Press to acquire the exclusive rights to create linear and digital programming based on their internationally bestselling ’30- Second…’ book series.

Media Ranch also scooped a prestigious Rose d’Or award for parking warden TV format ‘Street Jungle’ that aired on Bell Media’s Canal D.