Late last year, Sony Pictures Television’s Gogglebox and Britain’s ITV got together to put a spin on the game show format by mixing in elements of horror and unleashing Release The Hounds. Now comes a new twist in a similar vein from BBC Three and Ripper Street producers Tiger Aspect. BBC Three has commissioned I Survived A Zombie Apocalypse, a seven-part hourlong horror/game show that will trap eight contestants inside a shopping mall, surrounded by the walking dead. The contestants must live by their wits, make difficult decisions, and use urban survival tactics to avoid the lethal bite of a zombie. “The Army” is on its way, but the threat will be constant as once a player is bitten, they will leave the show in “grisly style.” Network Controller Zai Bennett calls it, “a reality event on a huge scale.” Entertainment Commissioner Ruby Kuraishe adds, “This is a tongue-in-cheek game show that will really test one’s mettle. I think people will die to be a part of it.” Executive producers for Tiger Aspect are Andrew Brereton and Sebastian Grant. Brereton quipped, “It’s nice to finally have a game show where if you get a challenge wrong, you get your arms ripped off and your brains eaten out.” Release The Hounds, which pitted contestants against a pack of cash-guarding canines in a dark forest, was a social media success when its first one-off hour ran …
Global Showbiz Briefs: Netflix Execs Headed Back To France For Expansion Talks; Patrick Malone Joins Goldcrest Post; More
Netflix Execs Headed Back To France For More Expansion Talks
Last week, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings said the company was eyeing “substantial” European expansion in 2014. His comments came a little more than a month after execs from the streaming service met with staff of French President François Hollande to discuss an entry into France. According to local media reports, Netflix execs now are due to return to France to meet with industry folk within the next week. Pascal Rogard, head of authors’ rights group the SACD, told Le Figaro that the situation is coming into focus with a possible launch later this year. Netflix is available in 41 countries including France’s neighbors to the north such as the UK, the Netherlands and the Nordic region. A French launch has been rumored over the years, but moving into the fiercely protected territory is ornery in part due to a complex film-windows chronology that prohibits movies from appearing on monthly SVOD services until three years after a theatrical release. There is no such protection for TV series, but Netflix’s House Of Cards already airs on local pay-TV leader Canal Plus, which would see the service’s arrival as competition. In a conversation with analysts, Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos was asked last week whether the service would be out of certain markets with its key originals because it had already sold them to local providers. “It depends,” he said. “There’s multiple windows, and we’ll continue to have those negotiations as we get closer to those launches.” It’s expected that should Netflix enter France, it would have to adhere to obligations to invest in local content. Culture Minister Aurélie Filippetti told Le Journal du Dimanche this weekend, “Netflix should be an additional player, not a stowaway.” It’s also believed that Netflix is eyeing a move into Germany. With regard to expansion, MoffettNathanson Research’s Michael Nathanson said last week that “it remains difficult to figure out the ultimate size and value of Netflix’s international opportunity” due to the company’s “undisclosed new market entries, minimal transparency and continual reinvestment.”
Horror/game show hybrid Release The Hounds debuted as a Halloween special on the UK’s ITV2 last year. The one-off episode received positive notices for the premise, and an outpouring of interest on Twitter. ITV has now commissioned a six-episode series to be produced by Sony Pictures Television‘s UK production joint venture Gogglebox. Production starts on the hourlong show this spring. It will be fronted by UK TV personality Reggie Yates. Release The Hounds mixes two genres by sending unsuspecting contestants into a forest at dusk as they seek out chests full of prize money. In order to win big after a series of challenges, they must outrun a pack of hounds trained to guard the cash. Gogglebox created the series with Sony Pictures Television distributing the format internationally; it’s currently in discussions with other territories. Executive producers are Gogglebox founders Adam Wood and Mat Steiner.
EXCLUSIVE: Tomorrow, folks outside the UK will get a chance to see game show/horror hybrid Release The Hounds. The show, from Sony Pictures Television‘s UK production joint venture Gogglebox, premiered on Britain’s ITV2 as a one-hour one-off on Monday and has received positive notices for the premise, and an outpouring of interest on Twitter. Taking advantage of Halloween, it will be available on Metacafe.com and the BlackBoxTV channel on YouTube in all markets outside the UK and Middle East via a deal between SPT and multi-channel network and website publisher Collective Digital Studio (The Annoying Orange, Video Game High School). Release The Hounds mixes two genres by sending unsuspecting contestants into a forest at dusk as they seek out chests full of prize money. In order to win big, they must outrun a pack of hounds trained to guard the cash. SPT played up the show during the recent Mipcom TV market in Cannes where every evening at 5 PM the sound of hounds barking blared over the loudspeaker system at its beachside pavillion. The move to place this one-off with CDS is a means build buzz and evaluate worldwide reaction. It’s an interesting test-marketing move for a premise that has yet to be commissioned as a broadcast series. CDS will release it in 10-minute chunks and tease it out over the rest of the week. Here’s the offical ITV2 trailer:
ITV has dropped the first teaser for its horror/game show hybrid Release The Hounds. Created by Sony Pictures Television‘s Gogglebox, the one-hour show mixes the two genres by sending unsuspecting contestants into a forest at dusk as they seek out chests full of prize money. Among the scary challenges they face is reading bedtime stories in the “nursery from hell” which the clip below depicts. The ultimate challenge is to outrun a pack of hounds who are trained to guard the cash. Sony played up the show during the recent Mipcom TV market in Cannes where every evening at 5 PM the sound of hounds barking blared over the loudspeaker system at its beachside pavillion. A U.S. broadcaster has yet to board Release The Hounds, but it gets moving on the UK’s ITV2 on October 28th at 10 PM local.
Here’s an original idea: A horror-themed game show. Sony Pictures Television‘s UK production joint venture Gogglebox created and is producing Release The Hounds, a one-hour format that mixes the two genres by sending three unsuspecting contestants into a forest at dusk as they seek out chests full of prize money. Little do they know, in order to win big, they’ll face the “scariest challenges ever endured on TV” — those include navigating a field of crucified scarecrows, descending beneath the floorboards in a deserted cabin, and reading bedtime stories in the nursery from hell. The ultimate challenge is to outrun a pack of hounds who are trained to guard the cash. ITV2 has given the first commission to the show and will air the UK version as a special later this month, in time for Halloween. Executive producers are Gogglebox founders Adam Wood and Mat Steiner. The format will be presented to international buyers at MIPCOM next week.