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FremantleMedia takes partial global rights to “Benefits”

FremantleMedia has secured global rights outside the UK and North America to Love Productions' controversial series Benefits Street (pictured), which follows the residents of a low-income Birmingham community.
March 19, 2014

FremantleMedia has secured global rights outside the UK and North America to Love Productions’ controversial series Benefits Street (pictured), which follows the residents of a low-income Birmingham community.

The series, which some viewers have labelled “poverty porn,” has come under fire for depicting the lives of residents on one of Britain’s most welfare-dependent neighborhoods as they struggle with raising children in poverty, low levels of education and crime. Due to the strong reactions elicited by the series, an additional live debate show, Benefits Street: The Last Word, has been commissioned, and a second series is being planned.

FremantleMedia will launch the series internationally at next month’s MIPTV market.

“It is a noisy, gloves-off, groundbreaking reality series that at times is touching and heartwarming,” said Rob Clark, director of global entertainment development at FremantleMedia, in a statement. “It covers a social issue that affects us all and cannot be ignored. I watched it on Channel 4 and am proud to launch it internationally at MIPTV.”

Richard McKerrow, chief executive of Love Productions, added: “Benefits Street caused a huge stir when it was broadcast in the UK, engaging record-breaking audiences in serious social issues.”

 

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Managing editor with realscreen publication, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Darah is an award-winning journalist who has spent over two decades covering a wide range of issues from real estate and urban development to immigration, politics and human rights, primarily with The Vancouver Sun. Prior to joining realscreen, she was editor of Stream Daily, realscreen's sister publication covering the dynamic global digital video industry. She also served a stint as a war reporter in Afghanistan for television and print, and was a national business blogger with Yahoo Canada.

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