MTV Asia to produce original series for Facebook Watch
Viacom International Media Networks is partnering with Facebook to launch a slate of eight original short-form series for the social media network’s VOD service, Facebook Watch, created by MTV Asia.
Each series will comprise of eight episodes up to eight minutes in length. Genres to be covered include music entertainment, pro-social and reality, featuring popular social influencers in Asia.
Four shows are expected to premiere later this year, while the remaining four will be developed in 2020.
“Creating original content is a key focus for us in Asia,” Paras Sharma, senior vice president and general manager for Southeast Asia at VIMN, said in a statement. “With this partnership, there is the potential to bring the power of MTV’s original ideas and storytelling to new audiences.”
DRG sends Don’t Tell the Bride to South Africa
A+E Networks South Africa has acquired the rights to produce a localized version of producer-distributor DRG’s format Don’t Tell the Bride (pictured).
The contract marks the title’s 18th local production following deals in China, Australia, France and the U.S.
Currently in the development stage, the series is slated to debut on A+E Network’s Lifetime in the region.
The original UK version, which debuted on BBC3 in 2007, has been sold to more than 100 individual territories. The show moved to BBC1 for six episodes then onto Sky1 before arriving at E4 in 2017.
Its 14th series, produced by Renegade Pictures, premiered this month.
Nelonen in Finland has acquired the new 15 x 60-minute series, while Discovery in Germany has acquired the title for the first time, starting with seasons 12 and 13.
Six seasons of the UK series aired on ProSieben, while RTL2 produced a local version.
Dutch FilmWorks goes international
Netherlands-based distributor Dutch FilmWorks has launched its international sales division, DFW International.
The division focuses exclusively on the worldwide sale of TV drama series, feature films, documentaries and kids programming across the Benelux countries, which include Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg.
DFW International is spearheaded by Angela Pruijssers, vice president of international sales and distribution. Charlotte Henskens, who recently joined from Fortissimo Films, also forms part of the team as director of international sales.
The newly created sales house plans to unveil a selection of titles at MIPCOM this October.
Spektrum TV to air Rabbit Films’ Beyond Human Boundaries
Finnish docu-reality series Beyond Human Boundaries is slated to debut in Central and Eastern Europe this fall on AMC Networks-owned Spektrum TV.
The series of the original title, Arman ja viimeinen ristiretki, is distributed by Finland-based producer-distributor Rabbit Films.
Beyond Human Boundaries follows TV personality Arman Alizad as he explores lifestyles in eight countries, from Mongolia’s eagle-hunter tribe to Brazil’s human Ken-doll.
The series third season premiered on Sanoma Media Finland-owned channel Nelonen in fall 2018.