Kelencontent sells “Mantracker” format into Australia, NZ

ActiveTV Australia (The Amazing Race Australia) has picked up the format rights to the Canadian reality adventure series, Mantracker, for the two territories.
October 7, 2011

ActiveTV Australia has picked up the format rights to the Canadian reality adventure series, Mantracker, for Australia and New Zealand.

The local version, from the producers of The Amazing Race Australia, will have a “Down Under” flavor, with an Australian survivalist, indigenous trackers and Australian Outback locations. There is currently no broadcaster attached to the series.

Mantracker is in its seventh season on OLN in Canada and now airs on Science Channel in the U.S.  The adventure series sees a Canadian cowboy tracker, aka Mantracker, and his local guide use tracking know-how and instincts to find their prey – two people who have a compass, map and their wits who must cross 40 kilometers of wilderness to reach a final destination without being caught. Mantracker was created by Ihor Macijiwsky, executive producer and founder of Bonterra Productions, producers of the original Mantracker series.

Amanda Peppard, VP Development, activeTV, said: “We’ll cast our ‘prey’ the same way we cast for The Amazing Race – couples from a diverse range of backgrounds and skills sets all with unique relationships, which will add to the drama. Once we drop them into the Australian outback or rainforests, remote beaches or mountain ranges, it’ll be anybody’s guess as to who will be victorious.”

Tanya Kelen, president of kelencontent, added: “Mantracker features many of the elements that activeTV has become renowned for following the success of The Amazing Race formats they have produced – each episode is based on a race; the casting of the contestants is key; and it will feature incredible challenges performed in one of the world’s toughest and remote terrains.”

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