FremantleMedia Int’l to distribute AOL’s “Connected”

Distributor FremantleMedia International is partnering with AOL to globally distribute the platform's first long-form series, Connected (pictured).
January 20, 2015

Distributor FremantleMedia International (FMI) is partnering with AOL to globally distribute the digital platform’s first long-form series, Connected (pictured). 

Set to premiere in the U.S. on AOL’s digital video service The AOL On Network in March, the previously announced show is a 20 x 30-minute adaptation of the Armoza Formats-produced Israeli format. The American version of the series – which debuted in Israel in 2009 and has since been sold into 11 markets, including France, India and Denmark – follows the lives of six New Yorkers sorting out their respective family relationships.

Connected is to be produced by Israeli prodco Koda Communications, in association with Warrior Poets. FMI has signed on to distribute the show outside of the U.S. except in Canada, where AOL Canada will have an exclusive premiere window.

“FremantleMedia International continues to be a leader in global content distribution, with an expertise in taking first-run digital content to the linear world,” said Hayley Dickson,VP of acquisitions and development for Global Content FMI, in a statement.

“When it comes to quality programming, the medium is irrelevant as we see best-in-class storytelling coming from a variety of sources,” she added. “We have a strong content partnership with AOL and are excited to bring their first long-form series to the worldwide market.”

Nate Hayden, VP of AOL Originals and Branded Entertainment, added: “AOL is a global leader in video and our Originals have always focused on stories that connect us as people and highlight the remarkable that exists in all of our lives. For that reason, we are excited to bring our first long-form video series to the international marketplace in partnership with FremantleMedia International.”

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