Fremantle to take AOL long-form series to global markets

DetailsMichelle Clancy | 21 January 2015

AOL is prepping its first long-form video series for the international market with FremantleMedia International (FMI) as the global distributor outside of the US, and AOL Canada maintaining an exclusive premiere window.

Connected, an adaptation of an original Israeli factual series that will be set in New York City, is expected to premiere in the US in March 2015 on the AOL On Network and AOL wants to take it on the road.

"FremantleMedia International continues to be a leader in global content distribution, with an expertise in taking first run digital content to the linear world," said Hayley Dickson, vice president of acquisitions and development for global content at FMI. "When it comes to quality programming, the medium is irrelevant as we see best in class storytelling coming from a variety of sources. We have a strong content partnership with AOL and are excited to bring their first long-form series to the worldwide market."

Connected chronicles the lives of five seemingly disconnected New Yorkers as they explore the concept of family in New York City. As six parallel stories unfold and eventually come together in a cohesive storyline, viewers will be reminded of the universal bond that family has on individuals and on society as a whole regardless of social status, income, gender, marital status or sexual orientation.

Connected was originally created and launched in Israel in 2009, and will be produced for AOL by the Israeli production company Koda Communications in association with Warrior Poets.

"AOL is a global leader in video and our originals have always focused on stories that connect us as people and highlight the remarkable that exists in all of our lives," said Nate Hayden, vice president of AOL Originals and branded entertainment. "For that reason, we are excited to bring our first long-form video series to the international marketplace in partnership with FremantleMedia International. It is an exciting time to be a content creator, and we are thrilled to share the unique voice of Connected with a worldwide audience."