TV Formats ran an informative article about “Doc Martin’s” syndication around the world. Called “format deals,” the process of selling to other countries is explained in detail by DRG.
“The idea to format the show came about roughly four years after the original Doc Martin started airing,’ explains Anke Stoll, the VP of scripted acquisition and development at DRG. ‘We had been very successful with selling the original show, but it proved to be quite tricky to sell it into the Central European countries such as Germany, France, Spain and Italy,’ she recalls. ‘We hadn’t managed to crack these four countries with Doc Martin, but nearly everywhere else in the world it had been successful. A German production company approached us and said, How about we try the format? That was the start of it.'”
Be sure to read the entire article, which includes information about the U.S. version. The article can be found at: http://www.worldscreen.com/articles/display/2015-6-15-for-drg-docmartin-formatsales