US Remake Of Skam Rolls Out On Facebook Watch

Simon Fuller’s (Idol) US remake of hit Norwegian teen drama Skam (Shame), which blended its storytelling with social media strands, will roll out on Facebook’s new Watch platform.

2016 Gullruten winner Skam, which followed the heartbreaks, social inadequacies, experimentation and future fears of a group of high school students in Oslo, gained a loyal following in Norway with 1.2m viewers from a population of just 5m.

Head of Creative Strategy for Facebook, Ricky Van Veen, said: “When I first heard about Skam, it felt like I was seeing the future of storytelling. We’re incredibly enthusiastic about bringing it to global audiences on Facebook Watch.”

Simon Fuller added: “From the first moment I heard about it I thought about Facebook as my partner. Facebook Watch, with its inherently social components and passionate community of fans that surround it, is the absolute perfect partner for Skam.”

Further remakes of Skam are also set for Germany (ZDF/Funk), France (France Télévisions), Italy (Timvision), Spain (Movistar) and the Netherlands (NRT/NPO).