Discovery+ Acquires 250 Hours of Reality TV Programming Spanning Four Continents

Discovery+, the subscription streaming VOD service, March 23 announced a multi-territory SVOD deal with distributor All3Media International. The deal calls for more than 250 hours of non-scripted content, including “Race Across the World,” “Naked Attraction,” “The Undateables,” in addition to titles from All3Media International’s Gordon Ramsay portfolio.

Studio Lambert’s adventure series, “Race Across the World,” includes 15 hour-long episodes with SVOD rights signed for North America, India, Italy and Spain. Separately, all four seasons (40 episodes) of Lambert’s dating series, “Naked Attraction,” will be available later this year in North America, and are currently available across multiple international markets, including Norway, Sweden, Finland, Italy, Poland and the Netherlands. Original, local versions of the format also premiered in Italy and Finland, with another set to launch in Norway on Discovery+. And SVOD rights to 11 series — a total of 45 episodes — of award-winning “The Undateables” have been signed for North America, launching later in 2021.

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“Discovery is uniquely positioned to mobilize international streaming growth and provide a global platform for All3’s beloved series, which pair perfectly with our massive library of local-language originals,” Lisa Holme, group SVP of content and commercial strategy at Discovery, said in a statement.

The deal covers North American SVOD rights to 100+ hours of content from Gordon Ramsay portfolio. Titles include two cooking competitions — “Culinary Genius” (U.K.) and five seasons of “The F Word” (U.K.) — as well as six seasons of “Kitchen Nightmares,” two seasons of “Gordon Ramsay’s Great Escape” and three documentaries: Gordon Ramsay Behind BarsGordon Ramsay: Shark Bait and Gordon Ramsay On Cocaine. All titles are now streaming on Discovery+, with the exception of Gordon Ramsay On Cocaine, which is set to launch later this year.

Additional content includes Story Films’ “Generation Porn,” Maverick Television’s “The Elephant Hospital” and North One’s “Ski A&E,” plus specials “Extreme Everest” (Parable) and “The Parachute Murder Plot” (Optomen),  have also been signed. All titles are now streaming on discovery+, with the exception of “Generation Porn,” which is set to launch later this year.

“As the way we consume all genres of content continues to evolve, the roll out of Discovery+ around the world represents a fantastic opportunity to bring premium non-scripted content to a brand-new audience,”  said Sally Habbershaw, EVP Americas at All3Media International.

In addition to dozens of original titles, Discovery+ also features non-fiction content from Warner Bros., A&E, History and Lifetime, as well as from the BBC.

Internationally, Discovery is leveraging its library of local-language content, as well as its broad portfolio of live sports, to drive direct-to-consumer growth offering in more than 25 key markets, including the Nordics, Italy, the Netherlands and Spain. A launch in Latin American markets, including Brazil, and in parts of Asia, is pending.

Cinedigm Partners With all3media International to Launch Two New AVOD Services

Cinedigm is going global upping its ad-supported VOD presence in the United States.

The home entertainment distributor Jan. 8 announced a partnership with all3media International — distributor of independent television production in the United Kingdom — to launch two new ad-supported AVOD services.

Cinedigm will distribute the AVOD services, managing, operating and curating the programming, and working jointly with all3media International in marketing

The programming slate includes “So … Dramatic” and the reality-themed series “So … Real.” Both networks are scheduled to begin rolling out in the first quarter of this year.

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“So … Dramatic” showcases content from all3media International’s library of dramas, targeted at men and women 25 years of age and older. The channel will feature a diverse lineup headlined by scripted shows from the U.K. and Australasia.

“So … Real” focuses on documentaries, including “The Only Way Is Essex,” showcasing a viewing experience that is touted as “funny, edgy, warm, and touching.” While the channel’s core audience is women 18-35, “So … Real” will also offer programming suitable for both women and men aged 35 and over.

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“We pride ourselves on building networks that offer something for everyone to enjoy,” Erick Opeka, president of Cinedigm Digital Networks, said in a statement.

Opeka said the new AVOD channels serve as “perfect” complements to Cinedigm’s roster of digital networks, which include Dove Channel, CONtv, Docurama, Bambu and others.

“We look forward to building upon the tremendous success that all3media international’s properties have achieved, as we bring their premium programming to the U.S.,” Opeka said.