16 and Pregnant Being Localized in Russia


Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) has inked a deal with Russian public broadcaster Channel U for the format 16 and Pregnant.

This marks the first format deal for VIMN with Channel U. The local series, which will comprise 10 episodes, will be produced in house by Channel U and air later this year.

Additionally, VIMN confirmed two further local adaptations of MTV’s Ex on the Beach for the Discovery channel in both Norway and Denmark. Both series, which will consist of 24 episodes, will be produced by Endemol Shine Productions and are set to air in August.

In French-speaking Canada, VIMN struck a format deal with Bell Media’s Ztélé for Roast Battle. The 9×30-minute production, titled Roast Battle: Le grand duel, will be produced by ComediHa! and will air in January 2019.

“The strength of our catalog is once again demonstrated by this latest raft of deals for three very different formats,” said Laura Burrell, head of formats, international program sales at VIMN. “We’re excited to have struck our first ever format deal with Russia’s Channel U, whilst Ex on the Beach has now been locally adapted in a number of Nordic territories and Roast Battle is starting to make a real impact in the international marketplace.”