It has also been commissioned for a second season by original broadcaster VRT in Belgium and Spain’s TV3.
Israeli public broadcaster Kan has commissioned a local version of Lineup Industries’ comedy format Taboo, to be produced by Yoav Gross Productions.
The format, which explores the boundaries of what is considered acceptable humour, was originally created by Panenka, and launched in Belgium on VRT where the series was hosted by comedian Philippe Geubels.
The series is also set for a third season on Ztele in Canada and has recently been commissioned for a local version by TV2 in Denmark, where it is produced by Monday Production Denmark. Additionally, Taboo has been commissioned for a second season by original broadcaster VRT in Belgium and Spain’s TV3. Local versions have also been produced in Australia on Network 10 and SFR in Switzerland.
Speaking about the series, Ed Louwerse, Co-founder of Lineup Industries, said: “In a world where there’s a considerable volume of ground-breaking content, it’s really something to stand out with a truly unique format that creates debate and talking-points wherever it airs. Taboo charts difficult untried territory, taking viewers out of their comfort zones while balancing shock and humour in a sensitive and ultimately life-affirming way.”
Yoav Gross Productions added: “Taboo is the kind of television project that challenges the discourse and pushes the boundaries in terms of innovation. We are proud and excited to produce a season of such a successful format and believe that viewers of KAN will get to watch bright, brave and fascinating TV.”
Alongside an International Emmy Award nomination, Taboo has won a host of international awards including Best Social Issue/Current Affairs Format at the Realscreen Awards; Best Reality TV Drama at the New York Film Festival; second prize for Best European Format at the EBU Creative Forum Awards; and a Finger Award for Most Creative Comedy.
Each episode of Taboo sees a comedian test the boundaries of comedy and good taste by performing a unique routine which challenges a subject judged too taboo to laugh at. The difference is that in this show they will have sourced the material directly from those affected, be it blindness, obesity or physical disabilities – and members of the target group will be at the show.