DCD Rights secures distribution rights for WE tv’s new ratings-winning reality content
4 October 2017
Independent UK based distributor DCD Rights has secured international distribution rights for America’s number one new reality show Mama June: From Not To Hot, as part of a deal including almost 30 hours of brand new reality content commissioned by AMC Networks’ channel WE tv in the US. Also featured in the agreement is the latest series of Marriage Bootcamp: Reality Stars and the much-anticipated reboot of iconic reality show Bridezillas. DCD Rights will manage worldwide sales, excluding US, for all three series.
Produced by ThinkFactory Media, Mama June: From Not To Hot (8 x 60’ and 1 x 30’) sees the return of Mama June, the matriarch from Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, as she battles herself, her family and her haters to become the woman she’s always wanted to be. Through major weight loss surgery, dramatic family confrontations and a series of disastrous dates, the series follows June as she attempts to defy the odds and get her life back in a big way. Making its debut on WE tv in the US earlier this year, Mama June: From Not To Hot was a smash hit ratings success for WE tv, and the channel has already commissioned a second season which DCD Rights will be pre selling at MIPCOM.
Also from ThinkFactory Media for WE tv is the brand new seventh season of Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars (11 x 60’). Promising secrets that run darker and deeper than ever before, the latest season will see stars from reality hits such as 19 Kids And Counting, The Bachelorette, Mob Wives and Bad Girls Club arriving at the mansion to save their crumbling unions in the most extreme relationship therapy in the world. DCD Rights already distributes all previous six series of Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars (61 x 60’) and two seasons of Marriage Boot Camp: Bridezillas (21 x 60’).
DCD Rights is also preparing to showcase the eagerly awaited latest season of Bridezillas this fall. This follows the recent announcement by WE tv of a new reboot of the long-running hit show, one of reality TV’s first franchises, which returns in 2018 with ten new episodes. Bridezillas, a cultural phenomenon which launched spinoff series Marriage Boot Camp, famously spotlights so-called ‘normal’ women who have been turned into hilariously unhinged ‘Bridezillas’ by their upcoming nuptials. This new series now sees more than 200 episodes of Bridezillas available.
Theresa Patiri, SVP, Production & Business Affairs at WE tv, commented, “Whether it’s Mama June’s amazing transformation, our favourite reality stars revealing all the ups and downs of their marriages, or the brides who are pushed to the edge in search of the ‘perfect’ wedding – these new titles deliver unmissable entertainment for a wide audience. The DCD Rights team has already achieved great success with Marriage Boot Camp and Bridezillas, and I’m delighted to partner with them again as they bring these new series to a worldwide audience.”
Nicky Davies Williams, CEO at DCD Rights, added, “We’re very pleased to secure this exciting new reality content for our international clients as we continue our successful relationship with WE tv. The reality genre consistently proves very popular globally – with long-running series such as Marriage Boot Camp and Bridezillas enabling broadcasters to build strong fan bases with buzzworthy reliable ratings-winners.”