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MIPCOM ’12: Syfy acquires “Opposite Worlds”

Syfy is to produce a U.S. version of reality series Opposite Worlds , the show which has proven to be a ratings hit in Chile, after inking a deal with Banijay International.
October 8, 2012

Syfy is to produce a U.S. version of reality series Opposite Worlds, the show which has proven to be a ratings hit in Chile, after inking a deal with Banijay International.

Syfy has acquired the exclusive U.S. format rights from Canal 13 and distributor Banijay International, and plans to air 12 episodes over six weeks, marking the first time the American network has ever aired an original series twice a week.

In Opposite Worlds, 20 people from all walks of life are mixed together in two opposing teams that live in two distinctly different worlds – the past and the future.┬áThe ‘future’ is a Utopia where “every wish can be granted with a push of a button,” while the ‘past’ is a constant struggle for survival.

Each week, players compete in a series of challenges to determine who lives in the past and who lives in the future.

Craig Plestis from Smart Dog Media will serve as executive producer on the series. Plestis has been exec producer on Minute to Win It, Who’s Still Standing, and NBC’s upcoming singing game show The Winner Is.

Mark Stern, president of original content for Syfy and co-head of original content for Universal Cable Productions, said: “Opposite Worlds has become an absolute phenomenon.

“This groundbreaking, edgy program is a remarkable television experiment transporting the audience and the contestants into starkly opposite worlds, simultaneously. This will be a terrific addition to our primetime schedule which will fascinate Syfy viewers and invite them to play a part in the action and outcome.”

Paradigm brokered the deal with Syfy on behalf of Banijay International and Canal 13.

About The Author
Managing editor with realscreen publication, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Darah is an award-winning journalist who has spent over two decades covering a wide range of issues from real estate and urban development to immigration, politics and human rights, primarily with The Vancouver Sun. Prior to joining realscreen, she was editor of Stream Daily, realscreen's sister publication covering the dynamic global digital video industry. She also served a stint as a war reporter in Afghanistan for television and print, and was a national business blogger with Yahoo Canada.

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