Viacom’s VIMN sells “16 & Pregnant” into Ukraine

Viacom International Media Networks, formerly MTV Networks International, has established a number of format deals in the run up to next week's MIPCOM market, for titles including 16 & Pregnant and Punk'd.
September 29, 2011

Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN), formerly MTV Networks International, has established a number of format deals in the run up to next week’s MIPCOM market, for titles including 16 & Pregnant and Punk’d.

The company has penned an agreement to have formatted doc show 16 & Pregnant adapted in Ukraine, with a local version set to air on commercial network STB next spring.

VIMN has also signed its first deal in Latin America for reality show Punk’d, with BTF Venture set to produce a pilot episode of the prank-focused series for Mexico’s TV Azteca, and a view to producing a full series in 2012.

The show will be hosted by Mexican TV personality Ines Gomez Mont, in the role made famous in the U.S. by Ashton Kutcher.

Finally, in the UK market, Scottish TV has picked up an option for the format of BET’s hidden-camera show S.O.B. (Socially Offensive Behaviour).

Among the new titles VIMN will be debuting at MIPCOM will be MTV’s One Bad Trip, which follows a group of teens on wild partying holidays, unaware that their parents or partners are secretly spying on them; and Born to Dance, a competitive reality format from BET, which gives aspiring dancers the chance to be mentored by a top choreographer.

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Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.