MTV is extending its global My Super Sweet 16 franchise up to 21 year-olds, and has handed a major production contract to UK indie Maverick Television.

The 10 x 30-minute order covers all territories outside of the US and is the first time MTV has commissioned an indie to produce the series or a spin-off. It follows the decision to outsource the majority of MTV UK’s short-form content to Remedy Productions last year.

Whereas My Super Sweet 16, including its UK version, focuses on the lavish parties of spoiled 16 year-olds, the new series will increase the age limit to 21 and will air post-watershed for the first time.

It is the first major piece of business for Maverick exec Jilly Pearce, who joined the indie from MTV a year ago, with a remit to develop young-skewing reality content.

“We will see a lot more of the real stuff that happens at the parties but usually hits the cutting-room floor. There will be more swearing and drinking, and rather than a little crush, there might be more romance,” she said. “It will be edgier and offer an amazing window into the international wealth and glamour of these ridiculous parties.”

The series will be shot in the UK and Europe and Maverick is also eyeing parties in Dubai. It is currently casting and will TX on more than 30 channels around the world, under the banner My Super Sweet….

The series producer is Simone Haywood and the show was ordered by David Booth, vice-president, content and programming, MTV Brands International.

“Super Sweet is still a franchise that resonates internationally and we wish to build on it as part of our commitment to showcasing innovative and fun observational documentaries that highlight our audience’s lifestyle,” he said.