Married at First Sight to Air in Japan, Korea


Red Arrow Studios International has struck an agreement with A+E Networks Asia for Married at First Sight that will see the dating format made available in Korea and Japan for the first time.

For its pan-regional feed, A+E Networks Asia picked up the sixth season of Married at First Sight Australia, produced by Endemol Shine Australia for Nine, as well as season six of the U.S. version, which is produced by Red Arrow Studios company Kinetic Content for Lifetime. The sixth season of Married at First Sight Australia will be launched by A+E Networks Korea and also by A+E Networks Asia in Japan.

Sky (Italy) picked up seasons three and four of MediaWorks’ New Zealand version and season seven of the Australian version, while Discovery (Italy) acquired seasons eight through ten of the U.S. version.

Discovery Italy also commissioned Banijay’s NonPanic to produce four new local seasons of Married at First Sight (seasons four through seven).

New seasons of local versions are also being produced and launched elsewhere in Europe, including in Germany, where SAT.1 has ordered its eighth season from Redseven Entertainment, and in Belgium, where a sixth season is being produced by PIT for DPG Media’s VTM. In Spain, Bulldog optioned the format.

Tim Gerhartz, senior VP of global sales at Red Arrow Studios International, said: “Married at First Sight’s remarkable global journey shows no signs of slowing down, as this latest wave of tape and format deals demonstrates. With the series expanding in key markets such as Asia and broadcasters committing to new local and ready-made versions, Married at First Sight continues to be one of the world’s most successful formats and a channel-defining brand.”