TV distributor Red Arrow International (RAI) has sold the format Married at First Sight to MediaWorks New Zealand, which will produce the local version set to bow on Channel Three between October and December 2017.
As part of the agreement, Red Arrow has licensed a new package of Married at First Sight versions, including the U.S. and the UK, to the independent broadcaster.
The deal was led by Jamie I., Red Arrow International’s VP sales for Asia Pacific.
Channel Three audiences have already been able to watch the latest season of the Australian version of the unscripted format, which has been the channel’s highest-rated international program of 2017, reaching a total audience of over one million people in the 25-54 demographic, RAI noted in a statement.
“We pride ourselves in bringing the best locally produced content to New Zealanders. Married at First Sight is the show that has been on everyone’s lips for 2017 and we are really excited to be producing New Zealand’s first series of this hit show,” said Andrew Szusterman, MediaWorks chief content officer, in a statement.
Married at First Sight has been licensed in over 25 territories worldwide including on A+E Networks’ FYI and Lifetime in the U.S., Channel 4 in the UK and DR1 in Germany.