AOL is making the move into long-form unscripted with a U.S. version of the popular Israeli format Connected.
The U.S. version of Connected, running across the AOL On Network, will chronicle the self-filmed lives of five seemingly disconnected New Yorkers as they explore family relationships. As the stories unfold and eventually come together, viewers are reminded of the universal bond that family has on individuals and on society as a whole.
The series is adapted from Israeli prodco Koda Communications’ original of the same name, which is handled internationally by Tel Aviv-based format distributor and developer Armoza Formats and has the distinction of being one of Israel’s highest-rated cable TV series. Koda Communications will be leading production in the U.S.
“We are very intentional with the show themes and production styles we select. Our original content offerings are constantly evolving and long-form was the natural next step,” said Ran Harnevo, president of AOL Video, in a statement.
Most of the series currently streaming on the AOL On video network, which include 15 originals, feature episodes that are about three-to-five minutes long.
“We created this series with the intention of converting Internet-style communication into a high-quality show. Presenting Connected online for the American market brings things full-circuit and is very satisfying,” said Ram Landes, Connected‘s creator and the founder of Koda Communications.
Connected has also been sold to networks in Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Holland, India, Ireland, Netherlands, Norway, Romania and Ukraine. It is expected to premiere internationally on AOL On next January.
(From Stream Daily)