Viacomcbs International Studios Launches BALCONY STORIES, First Short-Form User Generated Content Series

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Balcony Stories celebrates the positive vibes that come up from our homes during these unprecedented times.


The short-form series premieres on April 22 on Paramount Channel and Comedy Central across the Middle East.

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MIDDLE EAST – APRIL 21 2020 – ViacomCBS International Studios (VIS) announced today the production of Balcony Stories, a slate of short-form content to celebrate the positive and creative ways people are experiencing this complicated situation. The short-form series, produced by VIS in collaboration with Fremantle, leverages user-generated content from both audience and talent, redefining the role of the users by transforming them into active storytellers and the protagonists of their shows.

Being locked down at home has turned into something real for the majority of people around the world. Still, if our house doors are closed, our eyes are wide open: all around the world, people have opened their balconies and their homes to share their special moments with us, and those moments are part of Balcony Stories.

Raffaele Annecchino, President of ViacomCBS Networks EMEAA, said, “At ViacomCBS, we have always been committed to reaching our audience everywhere and at any time. Now that we are living in this unprecedented situation, more than ever, we need to stay connected and close to our fans, helping them to stay positive. Balcony Stories was born with this spirit. During these months, our eyes have opened up as well as our imagination, our sense of humor, and the artist within us all. Sharing the fun and emotional stories that we are all living can underline even more the fact that we are still all together, reflecting the empathy, creativity, and positive vibes from around the world. With Balcony Stories, we want to celebrate this positive attitude.”

Premiering tomorrow on ViacomCBS Networks International’s linear channels in the Middle East, including Paramount Channel and Comedy Central, and on digital platforms across Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Asia, the new short-form series offers an exclusive look into our new lockdown life, with balconies transforming into windows that look into everyone’s homes during this unprecedented time.  The content will be localized into 27 languages and will air across 130 countries and 100 channels, with four daily episodes airing in the region from Sunday to Thursday. A selection of the best content from the week will also be aired every Saturday in an extended edition (with a repeat on Fridays).

Produced in collaboration with Fremantle with user-generated content, Balcony Stories will turn the viewers into the protagonists.  Starting from Wednesday 22 April, all users will be able to submit their own videos and clips by uploading them to balconystories.tv. Videos can show off the new daily routine, the sense of humor coming up from this situation, the relationships, the love, the artists within us all: everything that becomes a testament of how people from all around the world, from Japan to the Netherlands, are living this unique moment.

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