Keshet International has inked a pact with New Form, the digital entertainment studio whose backers include Ron Howard, Brian Grazer and Discovery Communications, to distribute three of its youth-targeted series internationally.
New Form has already licensed the three series — high-school comedy “Mr. Student Body President,” sci-fi adventure series “Miss 2059” (pictured above) and thriller “Cold” — exclusively to Verizon for the telco’s Go90 service in the U.S. Keshet International will offer those in with reformatted 30- and 60-minute versions as part of a 20-plus title Mipcom slate.
“New Form has been at the forefront of creating original premium digital content for new OTT players in the U.S.,” said Sebastian Burkhardt, senior VP of digital and acquisitions for Keshet International.
“Mr. Student Body President,” comprising 10 12-minute episodes, is about a charismatic student body president and his Machiavellian chief of staff who battle for power with the steeliness of hardened Washington operatives. Starring Jeremy Shada (“Adventure Time,” “Parenthood,” “ParaNorman”), Arden Rose (1.3 million YouTube subscribers) and Christina Moore (“True Blood,” “That 70’s Show”).
“Miss 2059,” 12 episodes of about 10 minutes each, is about a beauty queen on Earth who is mistakenly selected to represent humanity in a life-or-death intergalactic tournament. It stars Anna Akana (who has 1.4 million YouTube subscribers and appeared in “Ant Man” and “The Fosters”), Nikki Soohoo (“The Lovely Bones,” “Private Practice”) and Hartley Sawyer (Geek & Sundry’s “Caper,” “The Young and the Restless”).
“Cold” (10 12-minute episodes), which is set to premiere in the U.S. on Go90 on Oct. 13, is about a 16-year-old girl whose mother was brutally murdered and her father was convicted of the crime, as she returns to her remote hometown to discover the truth about what really happened to her family. Starring Annalise Basso (“Captain Fantastic,” “Oculus”), Todd Lowe (“Gilmore Girls,” “True Blood,” “Criminal Minds”), Jim True-Frost (“The Wire,” “Boardwalk Empire”), and Marcus Johns (Vine star with 6.5 million followers who appeared in “Expelled”).
Additionally, Keshet will be adding a homegrown series, “Aces,” to the digital offerings on its Mipcom slate. Created by Moti Adiv, Yoni Zicholtz and Jonathan Bar Ilan and produced by Keshet Broadcasting, the show is a comedic fly-on-the-wall peek into the world of five poker buddies when they let loose during their Friday night card game. “Aces” was launched as a digital series and subsequently migrated to Keshet’s linear channel.