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Youth Thriller Cold Picked Up by blackpills


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The digital-media startup blackpills has licensed the youth-oriented thriller Cold from Keshet International (KI) in a pan-European deal that covers 15 territories.

Created by filmmaker and video blogger Emily Diana Ruth, Cold follows the story of 16-year-old Isla Wallis, who discovers that her real father is in prison for killing the mother she never knew. The series, which comes from New Form, stars Annalise Basso (Captain Fantastic, New Girl, True Blood).

The blackpills deal brings the show to France, Germany, Sweden, Spain, the Netherlands, the U.K. and Ireland, among other markets. The new pickup follows the recent acquisition of the series by TV2 Norway’s VOD service and TVP Poland for its main channel.

“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 and television talent, Cold perfectly embodies our promise to offer millennials strong short-form digital content with ambitious storylines and great execution.”

Keren Shahar, COO and 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.”

JC Cangilla, COO of New Form, added, “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.”



About Kristin Brzoznowski

Kristin Brzoznowski is the executive editor of World Screen. She can be reached at kbrzoznowski@worldscreen.com.

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