My5 has inked their first foreign language deal. The Channel 5 owned VOD service has acquired four Israeli series after striking an agreement with HOT Telecommunication Systems – Israel’s largest multi-channel cable television company.
The four Hebrew language series covered by this deal are: true-life drama Miguel, comedy drama Juda, family drama Mekimi and crime drama Sirens. They will all launch on My5 this spring and will subtitled in English.
My5 started as Channel 5’s catch-up service but later expanded with the addition of exclusive acquisitions, such as Hulu’s scripted effort East Los High. This also marks the latest content deal for My5 in the past twelve months after they previously inked deals with PBS America and BET, and extended their agreement with A+E Network UK.
“Israel has produced some of the most compelling original drama in recent years, so we’re excited to have partnered with HOT for our first ever foreign language offering on My5”, said James Tatam, Vice-President of Commercial, Digital & Operations for Channel 5. “Our viewers want quality and variety and we will continue to look far and wide to increase the diversity of content on My5.”
While Tal Granot, CEO of HOT said “HOT is the leading communication group in Israel and the home of Israeli creation. The demand for top Israeli content is increasing worldwide and for more than a decade Israeli series created by Hot have received and won international awards. We are excited to be partnering with Viacom, enabling UK viewers to watch some of HOT’s leading productions.”