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Sky Vision picks up Zig Zag, GroupM’s “Xtreme Endurance”

Distributor Sky Vision has secured global sales rights outside the U.S. and UK for the Zig Zag Productions and GroupM Entertainment-made endurance series Xtreme Endurance: Race to the Pole (pictured).
October 20, 2014

International distributor Sky Vision has secured global distribution rights outside the U.S. and UK for the Zig Zag Productions and GroupM Entertainment-made endurance series Xtreme Endurance: Race to the Pole (pictured).

The 4 x 60-minute series – a copro between Zig Zag and GroupM – follows Welsh rugby player-turned-adventurer Richard Parks as he takes on endurance activities such as a mountain biking competition and double Iron Man in preparation for his attempt to become the fastest unassisted person to ski from the coast of Antarctica to the South Pole.

The series is set to air on Channel 5 in the UK in January.

“Richard Parks is a phenomenal natural competitor and this series sees him taking on events that redefine endurance,” said Danny Fenton, CEO of Zig Zag Productions, in a statement. “We’re confident audiences around the world will be captivated by Richard’s epic adventures.”

Niki Page, head of acquisitions for factual and factual entertainment at Sky Vision, added: “The incredible, punishing and extreme challenges that Richard Parks undertakes in Xtreme Endurance: Race to the Pole will make this series captivating to all audiences. Richard is a tenacious and inspirational person and we believe international broadcasters will agree.”

Executive producers for the series include Zig Zag’s Fenton and GroupM’s Tony Moulsdale and Melanie Darlaston.

About The Author
Selina Chignall joins the realscreen team as a staff writer. Prior to working with rs, she covered lobbying activity at Hill Times Publishing. She also spent a year covering the Hill as a journalist with iPolitics. Her beat focused on youth, education, democratic reform, innovation and infrastructure. She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from Western University and a Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.

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