Paramount+ reveals first slate of UK originals

Ahead of its launch in the UK this summer, streaming platform Paramount+ has unveiled its initial slate of original unscripted content, spanning genres from investigative docs to supernatural, true crime ...
March 15, 2022

Ahead of its launch in the UK this summer, streaming platform Paramount+ has unveiled its initial slate of original unscripted content, spanning genres from investigative docs to supernatural, true crime and lifestyle.

First up are three series ordered by Daniel Pearl, Paramount+ UK’s vice president of unscripted UK originals, and co-produced by All3Media International, which will handle global sales for the series.

Haunted (w/t, 4 x 60 min.) offers in-depth investigations of four of the most famous cases of paranormal activity in British and American history, combining testimony with archival material and dramatic re-enactments. The series is produced by Story Films in association with All3Media International. Peter Beard and Adam Hopkins are executive producers for Story, while Laura Matthews serves as series producer.

Next is Rise of the Tech Titans (w/t) produced by 72 Films in association with All3Media International and Night Train Media. The 4 x 60-minute series will chronicle the emergence of Big Tech and the transformative effect (for good and/or ill) that its innovations have had on the contemporary world through interviews with insiders and first-hand witnesses, along with previously unseen archive. The series is produced and directed by Katie Hindley and Gagan Rehill, with Mark Raphael, John Douglas and Annabel Hobley serving as executive producers for 72 Films.

Third is The Box (w/t, 3 x 60 min.), a true-crime series that follows a police detective’s quest to uncover the truth behind one of America’s worst serial killers after he discovers a box of evidence that has lain untouched for decades. The series is produced by Top Hat Productions, with All3Media International and Night Train Media again serving as co-producers. Darren Kemp is EP for Top Hat, while Sarah Foudy is series producer and Robin Dashwood is series director.

The Paramount+ slate also includes two other unscripted series. Chalet Girls (w/t, 8 x 60 min.) is a guilty-pleasure lifestyle series that takes viewers inside the world of luxury ski resorts to observe both the high-living escapades of the guests, and the hard-working crew of chefs, bartenders, ski instructors and other chalet staff who make the decadent magic happen. The series is produced by Curve Media, whose Charlie Bunce, Camilla Lewis and Rob Carey serve as executive producers.

Finally, Vice Studios is producing a three-part doc about the 2014 disappearance of Malaysian flight MH370. MH370: The Lost Flight (w/t, 3 x 50 min.) tells the story of the tragedy through testimony from the victims’ families, and presents new evidence that may overturn previously floated theories about what happened to the flight when it vanished in the middle of its journey from Kuala Lampur to Beijing.

MH370: The Lost Flight is produced by Vice Studios for Paramount+ in the UK and SBS in Australia. The series is produced and directed by Steve Webb, with Neil Grant as executive producer and Yonni Usiskin as co-executive producer for Vice Studios.

“We begin our rollout of UK factual commissions for P+ with a slate of unscripted series from the local production community that illustrates the breadth of premium content that will be available on Paramount+,” said the streamer’s chief UK content officer Ben Frow in a statement accompanying the announcement. “We continue to work with some of the best production talent in the industry, and look forward to sharing details of more original series from UK indies over the coming weeks.”

The announcement of the UK unscripted slate arrives one month after the streamer’s parent company, ViacomCBS, revealed the slate of new unscripted content for Paramount+ U.S. in its Q4 earnings call. The call also included the announcement that ViacomCBS will rebrand itself as Paramount Global, and detailed plans to expand its streaming services to more than 60 markets internationally, including the UK, through 2022.

One major arm of this expansion, SkyShowtime — a joint streaming venture between Paramount Global and Comcast, which will cover over 20 European territories and carry content from Paramount+, Showtime, and many other Paramount Global and Comcast labels — recently beefed up its senior leadership team ahead of its launch later this year.

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