U.S. net Science has acquired Scam City (pictured), a 10-part coproduction from UK prodco Zig Zag and Canadian indie Handel Productions which explores the darker side of tourism, to premiere in late 2013.
The series previously aired outside the U.S. on National Geographic Channels International, and Travel and Escape in Canada. It sees presenter Conor Woodman meeting and going undercover with scam artists and con men to explore the illicit trade of fleecing tourists.
“Scam City is a perfect fit for Science,” said the network’s general manager and exec VP Debbie Adler Myers. “It’s smart, lean-forward entertainment that provokes its viewers to think. Our viewers possess both a passion for adventure and for information, and this series caters to both beautifully.”
Science brokered the deal with Zig Zag’s VP of commercial and current production Leila Monks, who said of the series: “It is completely international in scope and packed full of drama, hidden cameras, and takeaway tips, as well as visiting some of the most beautiful tourist destinations in the world.”
Handel Productions’ executive producer André Barro added: “Our collaboration with Zig Zag was great and Conor Woodman was the ideal presenter – we’re really proud of the show.”