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NEW DELHI: Amazon Prime Video will stream filmmaker Michael D. Ratner’s Justin Bieber: Our World, a documentary on the global music star on 8 October. The film is produced by Ratner’s OBB Pictures, Bieber Time Films, and Scooter Braun Films.

Video streaming platforms in India have been fast building on non-fiction category, traditionally considered the mainstay of television. Reality TV is a genre that Viacom18 has taken to its digital platform Voot with the launch of Bigg Boss. Netflix launched a comedy contest Comedy Premium League last month, and is planning a dating show IRL: In Real Love, the second season of The Fabulous Lives of Bollywood Wives and a bunch of documentaries too. 

Telugu language streaming service aha Video recently premiered a celebrity food show Bhojanambu, while Disney+ Hotstar will have a dance reality show Dance+. Though still nascent, reality TV on streaming platforms may attract fence-sitters to sample digital content through such tentpole shows, said media industry executives. The trend would be in line with linear television where several new viewers start to tune in on weekends when unscripted content is on offer, they added.

The viewing for non-fiction series on Netflix in India grew more than 250% year-on-year in 2020, with Indian Matchmaking and Fabulous Lives of Bollywood Wives emerging as the most popular titles. International shows such as The Last Dance, Love is Blind, Tiger King, The Social Dilemma, The Ted Bundy Tapes also gained traction.

Last Friday, Amazon Prime Video started streaming LuLaRich, a four-part docu-series on the notorious multilevel-marketing company LuLaRoe, which is known for its over-the-top leggings. LuLaRich is a production of Amazon Studios and The Cinemart. Jenner Furst and Julia Willoughby Nason co-direct and executive produce alongside Mike Gasparro, Blye Pagon Faust, and Cori Shepherd Stern.

 

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