Keshet International has sold finished tape and format rights to unscripted series Bad Habits, Holy Orders to buyers in multiple territories, including streamer Hulu in the U.S.
The series, originally produced for Channel 5 in the UK by Crackit Productions, follows five young women as they enter a Catholic convent in an attempt to explore the spiritual aspects of life.
Hulu has picked up the exclusive VOD rights for the finished tape in the United States. Meanwhile, Discovery in Italy has picked up the format rights and has commissioned Fremantle to produce a 4 x 45-minute Italian adaptation, Ti Spedisco In Convento (I Send You To Convent) for Discovery’s streaming platform and its Real Time channel in the territory. Filming is expected to begin before the close of this year. Discovery Italy also picked up the finished tape version.
The distributor has already licensed the format to NPO in the Netherlands and SBS in Belgium where it has been produced and broadcast. Both broadcasters also took the finished tape version, as have DR in Denmark; Nelonen Media in Finland; TVN in Poland; and TVNZ in New Zealand.
“Bad Habits, Holy Orders is compelling viewing in any language because the transformational journey the girls and the nuns go on together is both warm and authentic,” said Keren Shahar, COO and president of distribution for Keshet International, in a statement. “Edgy and entertaining series like this one from Crackit Productions are proving particularly popular with factual buyers around the world right now, both as finished tape and as a format.”
“It was a privilege to be granted access to the Catholic Church and the nuns were amazing, funny and very knowledgeable,” added Elaine Hackett, creative director at Crackit Productions.