Fremantle and Wahana Kreator Nusantara today announce a creative partnership on several new scripted projects. The first of which will be The Sacred Riana: Bedtime Stories, starring Indonesian magician and illusionist The Sacred Riana.
The Sacred Riana: Bedtime Stories is an English-language, Asian horror anthology series set around the continent and inspired by folklore and urban legends. Each self-contained, stand-alone episode has a unique cast and storyline, delivering Asian horror to a worldwide audience. The show will also feature The Sacred Riana’s magic and illusions.
The Sacred Riana debuted internationally with her unique and horrifying magical act on Asia’s Got Talent, ultimately winning and later competing on America’s Got Talent, where she advanced to the semi-finals and generated over half a billion views on YouTube. Riana’s recent cameo on the latest Asia’s Got Talent broke the world-record for views on the Facebook Watch platform.
Chris Oliver-Taylor, CEO, Asia Pacific said: “The Sacred Riana: Bedtime Stories is an outstanding addition to Fremantle’s global drama slate.” Oliver-Taylor, who prior to joining Fremantle led the commissioning of International drama programs such as Glitch (ABC/Netflix), Deadline Gallipoli (Foxtel), Nowhere Boys (ABC/BBC/Amazon) and Secret City (Foxtel/Netflix) with NBCUniversal added: “The fact that we are developing an international drama for the world stage, led by an Indonesian superstar such as The Sacred Riana, just shows us all how our industry is changing and great content can come from all corners of the world.”
Sakti Parantean, Co-Managing Director, Indonesia, Fremantle, said: “The Sacred Riana: Bedtime Stories is a really fun, exciting project and we are looking forward to it. Chris Oliver-Taylor has been incredibly supportive and with our new partnership with Wahana Kreator in place our entrance into the global VOD and OTT [over the top] scripted markets will be smooth.”
Victor Ariesza, Co-Managing Director, Indonesia, Fremantle added: “In recent years, Indonesia has become a hot-spot for cool, clever, creative content and our new series, The Sacred Riana: Bedtime Stories, will be an outstanding addition.”
“We are really excited about our partnership with Fremantle and thrilled to be involved with The Sacred Riana: Bedtime Stories”, said Salman Aristo, CEO of Wahana Kreator Nusantara. “Fremantle is an ideal partner to support us in developing the episodic drama, Ex Addicts, based on our Klub Kecanduan Mantan podcast, which was recently released on the Joox music streaming platform” he added.
Ex Addicts is a romantic comedy series centered around the lives of a group of quirky people with one common ailment: they can’t get over their exes. In desperation, they establish a support group to help them in their efforts to move on.
Both Ex Addicts and The Sacred Riana: Bedtime Stories are currently in development and head to market later this year. Further titles are slated for development in 2020.