Unscripted

“The Raft” drifts into the Netherlands

Dutch broadcaster RTL has acquired the format rights to adventure series The Raft from IAC-owned distributor Electus International.
February 9, 2016

Dutch broadcaster RTL has acquired the format rights to adventure series The Raft from IAC-owned distributor Electus International.

The six-part social experiment series, which will be produced for the Netherlands by Zodiak, documents a pair of strangers as they’re cast adrift for seven days at sea until their raft makes landfall.

The physical and mental challenge will see the two-man teams battling through extreme conditions and isolation. If one wants to quit, the adventure ends for both of them.

The Raft made its debut via National Geographic Channel in the U.S. last summer with executive producers Chris Grant and Corie Henson of Electus and Brian Catalina, Kristina Wood and Fred Pichel of Brian Catalina Entertainment.

The Raft is scheduled to premiere in the Netherlands across RTL5 on March 17.

The Raft combines the excitement of a survival series with the uncertainty of a social experiment,” said John Pollak, president of Electus International, in a statement. “This show is an example of relatable adventure – viewers everywhere imagine what it would be like to be lost at sea, and now with this compelling format, they can see the physical, emotional, and psychological effects that happen when you’re alone out on the open ocean.”

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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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