By Sahil Patel
Ever since Collective Digital Studio bought Metacafe in the summer of 2012, the company has been looking to build the site up as a place for people to watch premium content from inside and outside the multi-channel network.
As first reported by Deadline, CDS has acquired the rights to stream “Release the Hounds,” a horror-themed reality-competition series from across the pond, in all territories outside of the UK and the Middle East.
The reality show has a pretty novel concept: Contestants are tasked with going into a forest to find chests full of cash. While doing so, they have to deal with and evade a bunch of scary elements, from deserted cabins to a pack of hounds trained to guard the treasure. It aired this week in the UK as a one-time hour-long program on ITV2.
Now, CDS is taking the show and plans to re-cut into 10-minute segments, which will be available on Metacafe. The show will also be available on BlackBoxTV, a horror-themed YouTube channel formed via a joint venture between Collective Digital Studio, “CSI” creator Anthony Zuiker, and director Tony Valenzuela (who is repped by CDS).
“Release the Hounds” comes from Gogglebox, a UK-based production company run by Adam Wood and Mat Steiner. Sony Pictures Television International holds a minority stake in the company.
Update: Per Cynopsis Digital, Crackle, which is owned by Sony Pictures Television, will have exclusive SVOD rights to “Release the Hounds.”