Buck Productions grabs Canadian format rights to Teenage Boss


Buck Productions is looking to put Canadian teenagers in charge of the family finances.

The Toronto-based indie producer has optioned the format rights for the  Norwegian reality series Teenage Boss from U.K. distributor DRG, with an eye to developing and producing a local version its first format option.

The series, which airs in Norway on NRK 1 and is now in its second season, puts the teenager of the family in charge of the household’s finances for a month.

Sean Buckley, Buck Productions owner and exec producer, tells Playback that the series came to the producer at this year’s Realscreen Summit (the annual event put on by PB sister pub realscreen) as they met with  DRG.

“We discussed our desire to constantly push and create a product that has a great production value, a unique and original concept, as well as content that has substance and take away for our audience,” Buckley explains.

DRG screened Teenage Boss to Buck, and Buckley saw possible resonance with audiences in Canada.

Buckley says their initial push for the series will be to CBC, Corus and Slice in Canada, with potential changes made to the format based on their broadcast partner’s needs and audience.

Buckley says that while the teenager of the family is the focus, the show targets the family demographic as a whole.

“Where a number of networks have stated the need for co-viewing, we feel we go one beyond that because Teenage Boss gives you family viewing for a very serious issue in a number of households across the country – money,” he explains.

At this early stage in the game, no online/digital or marketing strategies are lined up, but Buckley says the subject matter is ripe for the multi-platform universe.

Teenage Boss has also been optioned in the U.S., and internationally in Spain, Netherlands, France and Italy, Sweden, Poland and Germany.