Love Island heads to Prime Video
Amazon Prime Video is bringing ITV Studios’ popular interactive format Love Island to France in 2020, available exclusively to the SVOD’s members.
ITV Studios France and Amazon Studios will produce the month-long dating series, to be distributed by ITV Studios Global Entertainment.
Love Island follows a group of single islanders who descend on a villa in South Africa. Housemates couple-up or form alliances as viewers vote to choose who stays on the island, and who leaves, with the last pair standing taking home a cash prize.
The original UK series from ITV Studios and Motion Content Group had its fifth season on ITV2 this year, while the U.S. version will return for its second season next year.
It has also been picked up in Belgium, the Netherlands, Poland and Hungary.
Sundance Institute unveils platform for filmmakers
Non-profit organization Sundance Institute has launched the digital creative platform Co//ab, which offers educational tools to film and media makers.
The platform’s paid subscribers can access interactive online courses ranging from three-hour intensives to eight-week deep dives with creative and industry professionals who give students feedback on their work.
Co//lab also includes educational videos, webinars and curated resources. For independent learning, the program includes a video library with learning pathways in English, Spanish and Arabic. Sundance Institute plans to expand those pathways to include French and Portugese in the next year.
Membership currently comprises 20,000 users in 189 countries. Co//lab offers need-based scholarships to 20% of all participants.
Fred Media hires ex-TCB chief
Kate Llewellyn-Jones, former managing director of TCB Media Rights, has joined Australian distributor Fred Media as a strategic consultant.
Llewellyn-Jones has been tasked to boost the company’s expertise in pre-sales and acquisitions.
Fred Media COO Roger Vanderspikken says Llewellyn-Jones joins the company at a “crucial time” in its development as it hits a growth curve thanks to a new slate of factual programming from Australian prodco WTFN.
Prior to TCB, the executive was senior vice president of sales and acquisition management at Cineflix.
Studio71 preps Alonzo Lerone food show for Facebook Watch
YouTuber Alonzo Lerone is set to front a new web series for Facebook Watch: I’ll Have What You’re Having.
The eight-episode series follows Lerone as he goes to wild food locations in LA with foodies and tries surprising and sometimes absurd concoctions like lobster pop tarts, rattlesnake hot dogs, liquid nitrogen ice cream and Hot Cheetos chicken.
The series premieres Nov. 11, with new episodes available every Monday at noon ET/PT on Facebook Watch.
(With files from Frederick Blichert)