LIONSGATE JOINS FORCES WITH FACEBOOK ON KIM KARDASHIAN WEST'S 'YOU KIDDIN' ME'
SANTA MONICA, Calif. and VANCOUVER, British Columbia, March 2, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Continuing to ramp up its premium unscripted business, global content leader Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF.A, LGF.B) today announced a partnership with Facebook to bring the nonfiction series You Kiddin' Me to the social network's Facebook Watch video platform. The ten-episode series, produced by Lionsgate, will be executive produced by Kim Kardashian West, Jennifer O'Connell, Brian Tannenbaum, Peter M. Cohen, and Melissa Stokes.
Inspired by Kardashian West's own fun family antics, You Kiddin' Me is a comedic prank series where the kids are in charge and celebrities must do everything their own children say. Highlighting the hilarity of unscripted and unfiltered comments from kids of all ages, the new series peeks into the family relationships of Hollywood stars as children prank their famous parents and the unsuspecting public.
You Kiddin' Me will be available via mobile, desktop and Facebook's TV apps. Members of the Facebook community will be chosen to participate in pranking their favorite celebrities. In addition, the producers and the celebrity kids will crowdsource top prank ideas from the Facebook community to be used in the show.
"I know from firsthand experience that children are wise beyond their years and can come up with the craziest things, so imagine how funny it will be to see them make all the decisions," said Kardashian West. "I'm delighted to be working with the Lionsgate and Facebook teams on this exciting new venture and invite viewers to witness their favorite celebrity parents get pranked when we launch the series on Facebook Watch."
"We're excited to be working with Kim on our first premium series for Facebook Watch, led by a world-class creative team and what promises to be a stellar cast," said Lionsgate EVP of Alternative Programming Jennifer O'Connell. "We continue to expand the range of our platform partnerships and look forward to collaborating with the Facebook team in bringing viewers a buzzworthy, high-quality unscripted series that taps into the fun family dynamics that Kim knows best."
You Kiddin' Me joins a growing roster of premium unscripted series that includes the recent launches of The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale on Netflix and Music City on CMT as well as the upcoming Kevin Hart: What the Fit for YouTube.
The partnership was negotiated by Lance Klein of WME and Brian Tannenbaum, SVP of Creative & Business Affairs, Alternative Programming on behalf of Lionsgate.
The first major new studio in decades, Lionsgate is a global content platform whose films, television series, digital products and linear and over-the-top platforms reach next generation audiences around the world. In addition to its filmed entertainment leadership, Lionsgate content drives a growing presence in interactive and location-based entertainment, gaming, virtual reality and other new entertainment technologies. Lionsgate's content initiatives are backed by a 16,000-title film and television library and delivered through a global licensing infrastructure. The Lionsgate brand is synonymous with original, daring and ground-breaking content created with special emphasis on the evolving patterns and diverse composition of the Company's worldwide consumer base.
ABOUT FACEBOOK WATCH
Facebook Watch is a place to discover and enjoy shows on Facebook. Home to a wide range of shows – from scripted comedy and drama, to competition and reality series, to individual creators and live sports – Facebook Watch is a video platform where episodic content, community and conversation come together. This is a personalized viewing experience, where you can discover new series based on what your friends are watching, and catch up on the shows you follow. Facebook Watch is available for free on mobile apps across Apple and Android, on desktop, laptop and on TV apps listed here: https://videoapp.fb.com/.
For media inquiries, please contact: