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BLACKPILLS ACQUIRES NEW FORM’S PREMIUM DIGITAL SCRIPTED SERIES COLD FROM KESHET INTERNATIONAL

October 13 2017
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Deal Follows Further European Sales in Norway, Poland

 

13 October, 2017 – blackpills, a new digital entertainment media, has acquired New Form’s Cold from Keshet International (KI) in a pan-European deal which will see it available in across 15 territories including France, Germany, Sweden, Spain, Netherlands, UK and Ireland. The deal follows the recent acquisition of the youth-orientated thriller by TV2 Norway’s VOD service and TVP Poland for its main channel.

Nominated for two Streamy Awards in 2017, and winning for best drama series, Cold was also chosen as one of a selection of premium short-form series to screen at Berlinale 2017. Created by filmmaker and video blogger Emily Diana Ruth and starring Annalise Basso (Captain Fantastic, New Girl, True Blood), Cold follows the story of 16-year-old Isla Wallis. Isla receives the shock of her life when she discovers that her real father is in prison for killing the mother she never knew. Furious at having been lied to, Isla runs away to the remote mining town where she was born. There, she learns about a series of horrific murders of First Nation women that may be tied to her mother’s death. With the help of Tina, a streetsmart local, Isla starts to uncover the shocking truth behind these brutal crimes. And when her investigation finds her left for dead in the sub-zero wilderness, Isla will be pushed to the very edge and must survive long enough to expose the dark secrets that will shatter the entire town.

“We are really excited to bring this ambitious, female-driven thriller to our audience,” said Patrick Holzman, CEO of blackpills. “A binge-worthy project from a talented newcomer featuring leading film & television talent, Cold perfectly embodies our promise to offer millennials strong short-form digital content with ambitious storylines and great execution.”

Keren Shahar, COO & President of Distribution at Keshet International, said “Cold is a gripping, high quality youth drama which is both edgy and addictive – ideal for new platforms which are looking to build their brand and a loyal audience in the exploding digital space as well as offering broadcasters the option of stitching episodes together to suit their schedules.”

“New Form, in partnership with Keshet, is demonstrating how premium digital content is both creatively and economically viable for International platforms and audiences.  We are excited to work with blackpills, a premium new platform, to showcase this award winning series to viewers globally”, said JC Cangilla, COO New Form.

The blackpills and TV2 deals were brokered by KI Senior Sales Manager, Western Europe and Pan-regional Rose Hughes and TVP by KI Senior Sales Manager CEE and Africa Paula Cohen-McHarg.

New Form is a leading digital entertainment studio creating and distributing premium narrative content. In October last year KI became distribution partner for three of New Form’s original millennial and young adult digital scripted series: Cold, Miss 2059 and Mr Student Body President, each of which has gone on to sell to several platforms and across multiple territories. In the US the series are available on go90™.

Visit the Keshet International stand R8.C9, Riviera 8, Palais Des Festivals, at MIPCOM 16 – 19 October 2017.

About Keshet International: Keshet International (KI) is Keshet Media Group’s global distribution and production arm. Headed by CEO Alon Shtruzman, it includes KI’s local production subsidiaries (Keshet UK, Keshet Studios in the US, Keshet Asia, Keshet MX in Mexico and Tresor Produktions in Germany) as well as Keshet Digital Studios, Keshet Films, Keshet International Gaming and its global distribution arm. KI’s catalogue spans all genres including drama, comedy, game show, talent show, documentaries, factual entertainment/reality dating and kids and includes both original content developed within the KI network of companies and select third party IP. 

Highlights include the international hit Prisoners of War, upon which the prime time Emmy® winner Homeland was based; gripping espionage thriller False Flag; the high octane game show BOOM!; hit interactive talent show Rising Star and children’s talent show Master Class; reality dating format Girlfri3nds; and international Emmy® Award-winning ‘buddy comedy’ Traffic Light.

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About blackpills:

blackpills is the new mobile addiction, a global insurgent digital media that creates, produces and distributes premium original, exclusive content for the swipe generation. Founded by Daniel Marhely (Founder of Deezer) and Patrick Holzman (founder of Allociné & the former CEO of Canal+ International), blackpills collaborates with prestigious directors, actors and influencers to bring their creative projects to all audiences. blackpills launched in 2017 in Europe, the United States and Canada and with an exclusive channel on VICE, and is now available in over 20 different countries. Recently, blackpills was the number 1 free app download in the Apple Store and is also available on Google Play.

 

About New Form: New Form is an entertainment studio that redefines how stories are developed, packaged and distributed. New Form empowers creators and audiences to produce original narratives that transcend traditional categories and platforms. Watch New Form series on a variety of global outlets, including CW’s The Seed, Refinery29, Fullscreen and go90, or go to newformdigital.com and learn more. 

 

 

Contacts:

 

Shereene Witter / Alice Cooke Franklin Rae for Keshet International shereene@franklinrae.com / Alice@franklinrae.com

T: +44 203 011 1023

 

Kim Veasey / Laura Seror

blackpills

kv@blackpills.com / ls@blackpills.com

T: 916-549-4930

 

Jim Benson / Kevin Broderick

The Lippin Group

jbenson@lippingroup.com / kevin@lippingroup.com

T: 323-965-1990

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