The project is believed to be in the works for Jeffrey Katzenberg’s premium short-form platform, which is to launch on 6 April and counts Disney, Viacom, WarnerMedia and BBC Studios as investors. It has not yet been greenlit by the service.
Created by Israeli journalist and TV anchor Lital Shemesh, Come To Bed is a largely fixed-rig format that follows the bedtime habits and conversations of five couples from different backgrounds and in diverse partnerships.
The audience see nothing else of their lives but can observe the highs and lows – from intense fights to great joy – of each couple through their interactions. Each episode intercuts from one couple to another as the audience follows their journeys.
TBI understands that the project is one of the first international formats in development for the mobile-only platform.
The Small World IFT-distributed format won Kiev Media Week’s ‘Small World, Big Ideas’ formats competition in 2016, with Mission Control Media swooping to option US rights directly out of the event.
The Los Angeles-based Mission Control Media has an extensive production slate that includes the likes of NBC’s Emmy-winning Hollywood Game Night, as well as Apple’s first game show Planet Of The Apps, Netflix docuseries First And Last and Syfy’s Game Face.
Come To Bed is among a number of shows in the works at Quibi, which is to launch with a vast array of programmes including Steven Spielberg’s horror series After Dark as well as reboots of MTV’s Punk’d and Singled Out as well as films How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days and Varsity Blues.
When it launches, Quibi is to operate under a two-tier system. An ad-supported version will be available for $4.99, while an ad-free iteration of the platform will cost $7.99.
Quibi content exec Kate Presutti was in attendance at last month’s Edinburgh TV Festival, where she was looking for comedy pitches from local producers. The platform has been popular with a number of prodcos, who have praised the Quibi team’s speedy decision-making and generous budgets.