Scripted Series in Development, Aims to Bring Asian Horror to Global Audience


Jakarta, Indonesia Fremantle Indonesia and Wahana Kreator Nusantara have formed a joint venture to create several scripted projects, the first of which will be The Sacred Riana: Bedtime Stories.

The Sacred Riana: Bedtime Stories is an English language, Asian horror anthology series set around the continent and inspired by folklore and urban legends. Each self-contained, stand-alone episode has a unique cast and storyline, crafted to deliver Asian Horror to a worldwide audience. The show will also feature The Sacred Riana’s magic and illusions.

The Sacred Riana debuted internationally with her unique and horrifying magical act on “Asia’s Got Talent”, ultimately winning and later competing on “America’s Got Talent”, where she advanced to the semi-finals and generated over half a billion views on Youtube. Riana’s recent cameo on the latest “Asia’s Got Talent” broke the world-record for views on the Facebook Watch platform.

Chris Oliver-Taylor, CEO of Fremantle Asia Pacific, who oversees Fremantle Indonesia said: “The Sacred Riana: Bedtime Stories, is an outstanding addition to the Fremantle Global Drama slate. This will be a game-changer for our friends and colleagues in Indonesia.” Oliver-Taylor, who prior to joining Fremantle led the commissioning of International Drama programs such as Glitch (ABC/Netflix), Deadline Gallipoli (Foxtel), Nowhere Boys (ABC/BBC/Amazon) and Secret City (Foxtel/Netflix) with NBCUniversal added: “The fact that we are setting up an International Drama for the world stage led by an Indonesian superstar such as The Sacred Riana just shows us all how the world has changed and  great content can come from all corners of the world.”

Sakti Parantean, Co-Managing Director of Fremantle Indonesia, said: “Fremantle Indonesia has been a major player in the gameshow and reality tv arenas in Indonesia for decades, expanding the last five years to digital and branded content.  Support from Chris Oliver-Taylor and our new partnership with Wahana Kreator is the catalyst for us entering the global VOD and OTP [over the top] scripted markets.” Victor Ariesza, Fremantle Indonesia’s other Co-Managing Director, echoed the sentiments.

“We are really excited about our partnership with Fremantle and thrilled to be involved with The Sacred Riana: Bedtime Stories”, said Salman Aristo, CEO of Wahana Kreator Nusantara. “Fremantle is an ideal partner to support us in developing the episodic drama, Ex Addicts, based on our Klub Kecanduan Mantan podcast, which was recently released on the Joox music streaming platform”, he added. 

Ex Addicts is a romantic comedy series centered around the lives of a group of quirky people with one common ailment:  they can’t get over their exes. In desperation, they establish a support group to help them in their efforts to move on. 

Both Ex Addicts and The Sacred Riana: Bedtime Stories are currently in development and heading to market, end of 2019.  Further titles are slated for development in 2020 by the newly forged creative partnership.

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