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Quibi to develop modernized spin on dating format with “The Hot Drop”

Forthcoming mobile-first, short-form streaming platform Quibi has begun development on The Hot Drop, a real-time experimental and interactive dating series. Broadcast three times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, the ...
January 7, 2020

Forthcoming mobile-first, short-form streaming platform Quibi has begun development on The Hot Drop, a real-time experimental and interactive dating series.

Broadcast three times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, the modernized relationship series will introduce a “successful and seemingly unattainable single” to American audiences. The eligible bachelor will then reveal their career path, lifestyle, hobbies and what they’re looking for in a significant other. Parties interested in dating the singleton will then be prompted to submit video applications via the Quibi app, vying for the possibility to join the week’s hunk on an intimate adventure.

That same week, three candidates will be revealed to the Quibi audience, with viewers casting their votes to determine which lucky participant will go on the date at the end of that week. In the third and final episode, cameras will follow as that week’s heartthrob and lucky finalist set out on their intimate date, which will culminate with a decision to either continue dating “off the app” or stay single.

The Hot Drop is produced by ITV America-backed Sirens Media and by ITV Studios Entertainment.

The series is executive produced by Jessica Sebastian, Simon Thomas and Cassie Lambert Scalettar for Sirens Media, and Angela Jain, Gail Harman and Martin Lau for ITV Studios Entertainment.

“We see The Hot Drop as a major step toward modernizing the ‘dating’ genre,” said Sebastian, executive producer and Sirens Media president, in a statement. “From the casting to its cinematic style, it will be a fresh and edgy new entry in the space, and we’re excited to enlist the Quibi audience’s help in putting together the perfect match.”

“This is a major step forward in the growth of ITV Studios Entertainment and we are delighted to be partnering with Sirens Media to produce what we believe will be a distinctive, contemporary and entertaining take on the dating scene,” added ITV Studios Entertainment MD Angela Jain.

Quibi, the short form streamer helmed by Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman, will launch this April in the U.S.

About The Author
Jillian Morgan is a special reports editor at realscreen with a background in journalism and digital marketing. She joined the publication in 2019 after serving as the assistant editor to trade publications HPAC and On-Site. With a bachelor of journalism from the University of King's College in Halifax, she also works as a freelance writer and fact-checker.

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