Facebook's TV Platform To Show Remake Of Teen Drama

By Charlotte Whyatt - Fri 20th Oct 2017 News

Facebook are hoping they'll be able to replicate the success Skam originally enjoyed in Scandinavia.

Cast Of Skam

Social media giant Facebook have ordered an English language remake of popular Norwegian teen drama Skam for their new streaming platform Facebook Watch.

Simon Fuller's XIX Entertainment have been selected to produce the show which was originally created by Norwegian broadcaster NRK, the country's largest media organisation.

Skam has earnt critical-acclaim all across Scandinavia for its cast of brilliantly written, engaging characters and realistic depiction of issues like peer pressure, mental illness and struggles with sexuality.

The series also garnered attention for the unique way in which it was able to gain huge traction on social media by releasing small, easily shareable video clips online in real-time before grouping them together in a feature-length episode for TV.

"From the first moment I heard about it I thought about Facebook as my partner,” said Fuller. “Facebook Watch, with its inherently social components and passionate community of fans that surround it, is the absolute perfect partner for Skam."

Facebook Watch has been designed to compete with hugely popular video streaming service YouTube by collating a mix showing a mix of original and user-generated content.

Users will be greeted by a personalised feed of content based on what've you previously liked and what your Facebook friends are watching. You'll also be able to search through the platform for specific content as well as see what's trending under certain headings like "Making People Laugh".

Currently, Facebook Watch is only available to users in the US but is set to appear across the UK in the coming weeks.

Source: Variety