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Extra: “Love is Blind” heads to Japan; Propagate launches Spanish-language unit

Netflix brings Love is Blind format to Japan Netflix is sending its unscripted dating format Love is Blind, which took off in the U.S. in 2020, to Japan. Love is Blind: Japan ...
January 25, 2022

Netflix brings Love is Blind format to Japan

Netflix is sending its unscripted dating format Love is Blind, which took off in the U.S. in 2020, to Japan.

Love is Blind: Japan will launch globally on the streaming giant on February 8. The series features singles trying to meet the person of their dreams to spend the rest of their lives with, including planning a wedding together, without ever seeing their new partner.

The original series was nominated for two Emmys, including outstanding structured reality program. It has already been adapted in Brazil and is about to go into its second season in the U.S., starting February 11.

Love is Blind: Japan is directed by Akira Oshima and Itsuki Ikeda, and comes from prodco TV Man Union. It’s produced by Mitsuko Kobayashi, with Yu Takemura serving as coproducer. Taro Goto is the executive producer for Netflix.

Propagate launches Spanish-language content division

Indie studio and distributor Propagate Content has announced the creation of Propagate Fuego, a Spanish-language content division designed to capitalize on the company’s expanding Spanish-language production slate.

The new unit will be run by Propagate chairman and co-CEO Ben Silverman and president of global productions Isabel San Vargas, who was recently elevated to equity partner in the company. Catalina Ramirez, vice president of Propagate International, Rodney Ferrell, executive vice president of scripted content, and Cyrus Farrokh, president of Propagate International, will also be involved in the new label.

Propagate Fuego will produce and develop original unscripted and scripted content and formats for Spanish-language markets around the world, with a specific focus on the Americas.

Propagate has several Spanish-language series on its slate, including the recently announced Netflix music competition series La Firma, created with Latin Grammy Award winner Lex Borrero. Other unscripted series include Haunted Latin America, also for Netflix.

“As a Mexican-American partner in Propagate, I’m so pleased we are creating a division dedicated to Spanish-language content,” said San Vargas in a statement. “The Spanish-language market is vibrant and diverse and appeals to global audiences. We are so excited to launch Propagate Fuego to bring more A+ original content to audiences around the world.”

Newen Studios, Anton strengthen partnership

French production house Newen Studios is extending and deepening its strategic agreement with European producer and financier Anton. The partnership supports Newen’s audiovisual financing, coproduction and distribution activities, and will now also extend to feature films.

Anton’s continued investment will provide Newen Studios with a global budget of €50 million (an increase of 40%) to co-invest in the distribution rights of audiovisual and film projects. A new documentary about fashion designer John Galliano from Kevin Macdonald (Marley, Whitney) is included in the upcoming slate of projects.

Anton first partnered with Newen Studios in 2019 to co-invest in Newen’s distribution rights for the group’s productions, as well as for third-party programs.

“The extension of the agreement with Anton testifies to the successful dynamic achieved by Newen Studios. Numerous projects have been co-financed with Anton over the past two years,” said Romain Bessi, managing director of Newen Studios, in a news release.

Added Sébastien Raybaud, founder and CEO of Anton: “Newen Studios leads the way in global content. The continuation of our partnership with them affirms our belief in their vision, creativity and commercial prowess.”

Little Dot Studios promotes agency sales heads in UK, ANZ

All3Media-owned digital content agency and media network Little Dot Studios has promoted Sarah McKelvey and Emma Gronow to the positions of head of agency sales, UK and head of agency sales, ANZ respectively amid a period of accelerated growth.

Reporting to Wayne Davison, Little Dot’s chief sales officer and MD of international, McKelvey and Gronow will be responsible for continuing to grow and deepen the company’s media agency footprint and driving direct digital advertising sales across its network of broadcast, kids, talent-led and sport social channels, as well as its owned and operated connected TV services.

McKelvey joined Little Dot Studios in the UK from Beano Studios in early 2020. Before that she was at Primesight, and prior to that she spent four years at ITV.

Gronow started at Little Dot Studios in Australia in mid-2021 after a decade working on both the agency and publisher side in multiple territories, most recently at IDG (International Data Group). Before that she held positions at Playground XYZ, Yahoo!, Social Soup, Zenith and The M Group.

“It’s an absolute joy to be able to promote such talented people into these roles,” said Davison in a release. “Little Dot Studios’ ad sales teams are a partner to nearly 50 advertising clients and multiple agency groups and independents across the globe, and I have absolute confidence that both Sarah and Emma will continue to deliver amazing additional revenues for our content partners as they take our UK & Europe and ANZ ad sales into this next chapter.”

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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