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Zodiak, Disney XD bring “Boyard” to the kids

Disney XD and CiTV in the UK have inked a deal with the kids production and distribution arm of Zodiak Media Group to create a new version of the long-running adventure gameshow Fort Boyard.
July 7, 2011

Disney XD and CiTV in the UK have inked a deal with the kids production and distribution arm of Zodiak Media Group to create a new version of the long-running adventure gameshow Fort Boyard.

CiTV has commissioned and Disney XD has licensed two 10 x 30 minute series, to air on Disney’s cable and satellite TV channel Disney XD around the world (excluding France and the Nordics) and to premiere on CiTV in the UK.

Fort Boyard – Ultimate Challenge will be produced by Zodiak Media Group-controlled production companies The Foundation and Adventure Line Productions (ALP), who created the concept and have been producing the series for 22 years.

Fort Boyard is one of the most successful gameshow formats in the world, having sold to more than 30 territories. The new kid’s version of Fort Boyard will be set in the same sea fort where the adult versions for countries all around the globe are produced.

It will be presented by actors Geno Segers (Disney XD’s Pair of Kings) and Laura Hamilton (Dancing On Ice, Wake Up World), and will be shot on location off the west coast of France this summer.

Franck Firmin Guion, CEO of ALP, said: “Set in an unrivalled location, Fort Boyard is a successful, unique, innovative and ever-evolving format. Aiming at kids for the first time, this collaboration with Disney and CiTV adds to the extensive list of international versions that have been produced for more than 20 years.”

The exec producers are Nigel Pickard and Ged Allen for The Foundation, Pierre Godde For ALP and Jamila Metran for CiTV. The producer is Steve Pinhay.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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