Riot Creative brings Armoza’s “Couch” to U.S.

Leftfield Entertainment-owned producer Riot Creative is developing Armoza Formats' Couch Diaries (pictured) for the U.S. market.
October 22, 2015

Leftfield Entertainment-owned producer Riot Creative is developing Armoza Formats’ Couch Diaries for the U.S. market.

The acquisition marks the first collaboration between the Israeli producer-distributor and the New York-headquartered prodco, which launched this past April and is headed by Stephanie Angelides.

Developed by Artza Productions, Couch Diaries takes a group of participants who are at crossroads in their lives, and places them on the “couches” of people in other countries, where they are to get an understanding of other cultures and of people in similar situations.

“Participants will leave the comfort of their home, their culture and their language and travel to faraway countries for a 10-night journey to the couches of complete strangers,” reads a release. “Once they land, they’ll find themselves knocking on the doors of people living parallel but completely different lives, all in a quest to explore what the world has to offer.”

Couch Diaries debuted on Israeli cable operator HOT in 2013 and recently aired its second season, featuring a celebrity cast. “It’s a social experiment of sorts that illuminates unique human interaction, and we think it has tremendous possibility for success in the U.S.,” said Riot Creative’s Angelides via a statement.

The deal was brokered by Edward Simpson, senior VP of business development and international at Leftfield Entertainment.

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