Banijay International has licensed Opposite Worlds, an elimination format in which teams live in environments meant to resemble the past and future, to Turkey and Croatia, while a producer has optioned it for the Middle East and North Africa.
The Turkish version will launch on ATV and its international channel ATV Europa later this year, and is already in pre-production. The broadcaster will air the show in daily episodes with one primetime episode per week and a grand finale across 14 weeks.
In addition, ATV’s set will become the production hub for future versions of Opposite Worlds, featuring a custom-designed house divided into two worlds, representing the future and the past.
In Croatia, CME Group Channel’s Nova Croatia will air its local version, produced by MediaPro.
Middle Eastern-based producer Imagic Productions has optioned the format for the MENA region, while Banijay is lining up pre-sales for the U.S. version of the series, which airs on Syfy in early 2014.
In the Chilean format, which airs on Canal 13, 20 people are separted into two opposing teams and placed into two different living situations. One is “the future,” a Utopian environment in which wishes are granted at the push of a button, while in “the past,” players struggle to survive. Each week there is a number of challenges to determine who lives in which world, while eliminations cut down players until only two are left standing.
“The phenomenal success of Opposite Worlds in Chile continues and the strength of the show – total engagement by audiences both on and off the screen – means that it delivers the type of attention and ratings that are invaluable to broadcasters,” said Karoline Spodsberg, Banijay International’s managing director. “By setting up a state of the art filming hub within Turkey we expect to gain further interest in this dynamic series from clients all over the world.”