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Kinetic Content Doubles Love, Brings ‘Made In Chelsea’ EP – Deadline

Amid the pandemic, Kinetic Content got a six-season renewal for Married at first sight at Lifetime – considered one of the most important orders ever.

It came a few months after the Red Arrow backed company found success with the social / dating experimentation format. Love is blind to Netflix – a show that also got an exceptional two-season renewal. It’s been over ten years since the former Alternative and International Director of RDF USA and UTA launched Kinetic, which also previously produced Taste at ABC and Betty White is out of their rockers at NBC.

“I feel good about the future. I’m probably as optimistic about our situation as a company as I’ve ever been, especially going on the other side of the pandemic, knocking on the wood, we’re ready for some really exciting things ” , founder and CEO Chris Coelen says Deadline.

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The company also continues to grow and brought in Sarah Dillistone, one of the teams behind the hit UK series. Made in Chelsea and The only way is Essex. Dillistone, who also worked as a commissioner at Channel 4, moved to the United States for the role.

“She moved here and joined us full time and worked on three shows, she is fantastic. Where there is an opportunity to do business with a good person, we certainly try to jump on it, ”he added.

Lifetime

At Married at first sight (right), the renewal will bring the show to season 17 and the A + E Networks-owned cable maker has also launched a new spinoff series Married at first sight: incomparable, a blind commitment to another series from the producer and picked up an additional 16 episodes of Married at First Sight: Couples Cam, bringing the total number of hours for the format to around 400.

Coelen, who teased that there could be “maybe even more” fallout from the surprise wedding format, said he was in production for the 13th season now. “This is the most popular entertainment or sports series on cable Wednesday night on a consistent basis. He’s had his best grades ever this season, which for a show in his 12th season is really a great place, ”he added.

He added that producing shows during the pandemic was not without challenges, creating a whole new department dedicated to Covid protocols.

“The whole industry, our partners on the buying side, other producers, everyone is buried, figured out how to make it work, whether in person on a production or by working from home or working. remotely. It’s a really resilient and disjointed part of the industry and I think it has been implemented and will continue to do so, ”he said.

Netflix

Love is blind (left) is another show she’s filming during Covid after getting a renewal for seasons two and three of the Netflix series. He said the team was “full steam ahead” with Love is blind and filming the two seasons back to back. The show will look like the first season, despite the Covid protocols they’ve put in place. “Other than the protocols and the extra steps we took, we really tried to stay true to the show, we didn’t make any creative compromises with the show.”

Developmentally, he said there are many more social experiences and relationship formats in the works, as well as docuseries, prank shows, physical competition formats and cooking projects.

“We’re in all of these spaces with things that we think of that push our creativity and challenge us in ways we’ve never been challenged before and hopefully these are shows that will excite viewers as well. Deadline understands that she is currently working on a series about famous parents and a “world love story” format. “It definitely gave us time on the development side to downsize a bit and look at the types of shows we want to do,” he said. “We’re always on the lookout for what’s next and what’s new, and the business is driven by our creativity and it’s in a better place than ever.

Last August, Deadline revealed that Kinetic and its parent company, Red Arrow Studios, had set up a scripted joint venture and brought in former WME partner and literary agent Melissa Myers to oversee it. Coelen said Myers has gathered his initial slate and will begin buying plans over the next two months.

He said he was generally optimistic about the state of the unscripted and scripted business. “I feel like [buyers] are more willing to try something and take risks, he said. “I feel like we have a lot of good times ahead of us.”

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