MTV Play rolls out on Amazon Prime Video channels in UK
ViacomCBS Networks UK is launching its direct-to-consumer SVOD service MTV Play on Amazon Prime Video Channels.
The MTV Play channel will provide Prime members in the UK with an add-on subscription to access the app’s content library of MTV youth-focused reality programming — such as Geordie Shore, Ex on the Beach, Teen Mom UK and Catfish: The TV Show.
Content to be made available includes MTV series, digital originals, “nostalgia content,” full boxsets and a live feed of MTV UK.
Prime Video Channels launched in the UK in May 2017.
Flame Distribution closes sales internationally
Premium factual distributor Flame Distribution has closed a raft of sales with international broadcasters on a selection of biography, wildlife, travel and health documentaries.
Greta Thunberg: The Voice of the Future (1 x 57 minutes) was picked-up by National Geographic Channel for Poland, Romania and Latin America, as well as Emirates Cable TV UAE.
A package deal was also struck with TV Polsat in Poland for titles including Britney Spears: Breaking Point (1 x 60 minutes), Lady Gaga Encore (1 x 54 minutes), and Michael Jackson: Chase the Truth (1 x 60 minutes).
BBC Studios snapped up Work on the Wild Side (pictured; 20 x 60 minutes; Waddell Media) for African channel BBC Earth. VIASAT has also licensed the title for their Baltic, CEE, Scandinavia, Russia and CIS feeds.
YLE (Finland) licensed two productions from New Zealand producers – Unbreakable (7 x 44 minutes; Storymaker Ltd) and Brave New Wilderness: Kakapo (1 x 52 minutes; Making Movies and Scott Mouat).
Finally, HRT in Croatia and Travel & Adventure TV in Russia have both taken the travel documentary series Passion Italy (6 x 30 minutes).
Made-over Married at First Sight UK moving to E4
A super-sized version of Married at First Sight is headed to Channel 4-owned, free-to-air TV channel E4 in 2021, after several seasons on C4.
Produced by CPL Productions, owned by Red Arrow Studios, the 20 x 60-minute series follows couples as they meet for the very first time at the altar, following the same formula as the Australian version of the format — which premiered on E4 in 2018.
The revamped version of the format will see the couples pledge a lifelong commitment to each other, rather than getting legally married. Also, the couples will share a house together, adding an extra layer of scrutiny to the union.
In August, A+E Networks-owned Lifetime ordered a spin-off of the U.S. series produced by Red Arrow’s Kinetic Content, Married at First Sight: Unmatchables, to premiere in 2021. The network also put in a six-season reorder for Married at First Sight, and entered a blind commitment to a new, as-yet-unnamed series from Kinetic Content.
The format originated from Danish prodco Snowman Productions, also a Red Arrow company.
(With files by Barry Walsh)