MTV: it’s not just for MTV anymore – with the music/pop culture channel launching MTV Studios with the goal of producing original programming content for other networks, services, etc. Fousing on a combination of reboots/revivals/spin-offs from their own catalog of titles with original, predominantly unscripted, MTV is offering an inital programming slate that includes a new version of animated series Daria from Inside Amy Schumer‘s Grace Edwards; Teen Wolf creator Jeff Davis and fellow executive producer Gale Anne Hurd’s reimagining of sci-fi animated series Aeon Flux; a revival of reality series The Real World; and a new version of Made. On the new, unscripted side, there’s coming of age docuseries The Valley; and MTV’s Straight Up Ghosted, where people are given the chance to confront those who’ve suddenly disappeared from their lives (“ghosted”).
“MTV has the biggest collection of hit youth franchises that spans more than three decades of content and over 200 titles, part of which have fueled our resurgence. With MTV Studios, we are for the first time ever opening up this vault beyond our own platforms to reimagine the franchises with new partners.” – Chris McCarthy, President, MTV
Currently the fastest growing network on TV, MTV has seen its prime time viewership up 21% year-over-year; and also has strong online numbers, attracting 2.9 billion streams in 2018 (+83% year-over-year) and more than 350 million social followers worldwide.
Daria & Jodie (working title)
Writer: Grace Edwards (Unbreakable Kimmie Schmidt, Loosely Exactly Nicole, Inside Amy Schumer)
The iconic animated franchise is reinvented through the eyes of heroine Daria Morgendorffer and one of her closest friends Jodie Landon. These two smart young women take on the world, with their signature satirical voice while deconstructing popular culture, social classes, gender and race.
Executive Producers: Jeff Davis (Teen Wolf, Criminal Minds) and Gale Ann Hurd (The Walking Dead, Fear of the Walking Dead)
This cult anime classic is back for a live action remake, as the badass heroine assassin Aeon Flux teams up with a group of biohacking rebels in the not too distant dystopian future to battle a brutally repressive regime and save humanity.
The Real World
The show that invented modern reality television returns to its roots. This reconnection to innocence for the trailblazing series strips away the polarization and cold anonymity of social media, the din of the 24-hour news cycle, and the facades of the instafamous culture to find out what happens “when seven strangers are picked to live in a house…stop being polite and start getting real.”
The groundbreaking, Emmy-winning life makeover series returns. In a world of 2D Instagram transformations, Made pairs talented young underdogs with experts for face to face coaching for total life, real life reinventions.
The Valley (working title)
In the spirit of The Hills and The City, this new show follows a group of attractive 20 somethings in a classic coming of age docu-series featuring first loves, relationships and life decisions – with a twist. This group of young people is living in “The Valley” of Nogales, Arizona, a town along the border of the United States and Mexico. This is the real life story of friends who are growing up on the edge of two countries, two cities as they share one Valley, their youth and common bond.
MTV’S Straight Up Ghosted
While social media has connected the world more than ever, it has also undercut our ability to deeply connect and communicate. Today, critical relationship-ending conversations and confrontations have faded into digital dialogue or worse “ghosting.” This series explores real stories of real people who vanished by blocking them, and unlocks the reality and uncomfortable truth to satisfy the ultimate question–why did you leave me?