COMEDY CENTRAL GREENLIGHTS 10 VERSIONS OF HIT SHORT-FORM SERIES “COMEDIANS SOLVE WORLD PROBLEMS”
Versions are being produced Locally and will Feature Rising Comedians in the United States, Middle East and North Africa (MENA), Asia, GSA (Germany, Switzerland, Austria), France, Spain, Benelux (The Netherlands, Belgium, Luxemburg), South Africa, Mexico and Brazil
March 5, 2018 – Comedy Central’s digital content is expanding globally, as the world’s largest global comedy brand and Viacom Digital Studios International (VDSI) announce the greenlights of localized versions of the internationally originated short-form series “Comedians Solve World Problems.” The new series will roll out in 10 territories: U.S., MENA, Asia, GSA, France, Spain, Benelux, South Africa, Mexico and Brazil.
These global greenlights follow the success of the series’ first season, which was produced by Comedy Central International for the U.K. Now through VDSI, the series is expanding to more regions, including the U.S. – a first for any Comedy Central International short form.
The U.S. and Asia have completed production with five and 10 episodes, respectively. MENA, GSA, France, Spain and South Africa are nearing completion of production with eight episodes per territory. Mexico and Brazil are currently in pre-production, and Benelux is slated for production later this year.
In each region, a portion of the total episodes will feature one world problem across all regional versions. The remaining episodes will focus on local news. Each episode will spotlight two comedians, with up to 20 total comics from each territory. The show will run on local markets’ digital and social platforms including Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Snapchat beginning in March 2019. In Asia, the series will be featured on the linear channel as well as on the local Comedy Central Play App in selected territories.
The first season of “Comedians Solve World Problems” generated over 5 million total views to date. Each episode ran between 1-3 minutes and was available across territories in Southern & Western Europe, Middle East and Africa, Latin America, Asia Pacific, and Central & East Europe.
With the recent launch of VDSI, Viacom introduced production hubs in Buenos Aires, New York and London to increase the international output of its short-form digital content. In 2017, Comedy Central produced 14 short-form shows like “Josh Investigates,” “Comedians Solve World Problems” and “Bad Snappers” in 150 territories on owned and operated social platforms. Now, through VDSI, Comedy Central plans to produce 20 additional short-forms through 2019.
ABOUT COMEDY CENTRAL INTERNATIONAL: Comedy Central gives audiences access to a world of super funny, personally relatable, culturally relevant, and provocative comedy that tells the funny truths of life, every day and everywhere. From award-winning late-night, scripted and animated series to stand-up specials, short-form and sketch, Comedy Central has it all. Outside of the United States, Comedy Central is part of Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN), a division of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA), one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms. VIMN’s Comedy brands are seen in more than 150 countries and territories via 34 locally programmed and operated TV channels.
ABOUT VIACOM DIGITAL STUDIOS INTERNATIONAL (VDSI): Viacom Digital Studios International (VDSI) launched in 2018 as a creator of digital content for Viacom’s portfolio of networks and brands outside the U.S. Led by Senior Vice President and General Manager, Brendan Yam, VDSI has three production hubs that develop original digital series, topical shows, co-commissions and complementary shorts, with a pipeline that includes VIMN and VDS as well as Viacom’s Telefe and Porta dos Fundos.