Connected represents AOL’s first acquisition and adaptation of a new storytelling format – one that has already proven to be successful in international markets. Connected currently airs in Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Holland, India, Ireland, Israel, Netherlands, Norway, Romania and Ukraine; has been named Denmark’s “Best Observational Documentary Series” and is one of Israel’s highest-rated cable TV series ever.
“On the heels of our international launch and the success of our original programming, AOL On continues to emerge as both a global leader in online video and a major media brand,” said Tal Simantov, Vice President of Global Video Strategy at AOL. “As we expand our original content offerings, and dive into new international markets, it makes sense for us to carry over unique production styles to the United States. Connected has seen major success across the globe, and we are confident that the universal themes and focus on real life will speak just as loudly to American audiences as they have abroad.”
“We are excited and inspired to produce Connected for AOL’s premium video platform,” said Ram Landes,Connected’s creator and the founder of Koda Communications, the Israeli company leading production in the US. “Connected is an authentic series that we feel perfectly matches the values of AOL Originals and the overall goal of AOL’s video business. We created this series with the intention of converting internet-style communication into a high-quality show. Presenting Connected online for the American market brings things full-circuit and is very satisfying.”
Connected on AOL On is just one of the original series that will comprise the online video property’s 2014 slate. After the show’s debut at the AOL Digital Content NewFronts, it is expected to premiere in January. Adding to AOL Video’s library of over 890,000 videos, Connected will be available throughout the entire AOL On Network and across a selection of our 1,700 partner sites.