“Hunted” format heads to China

Endemol Shine China and Shenzhen Satellite Television are bringing the thriller format Hunted to China. (Pictured: Channel 4's Hunted)
March 30, 2016

Endemol Shine China and Shenzhen Satellite Television are bringing the thriller format Hunted to China.

The launch marks the first Chinese version of the hit format, which was originally produced by Endemol Shine UK for pubcaster Channel 4, and aired in September 2015. The format debuted officially at MIPCOM in Cannes last October.

Hunted finds ordinary people going on the run with little cash and a limited ability to contact friends or family, as they are pursued by a group of highly skilled investigators, including detectives, psychologists and surveillance experts. The “hunters” look for clues as to the whereabouts of the hunted by searching their homes, examining their Internet and cell phone histories and investigating their family and friends.

Hunted has received a second season in the UK, and local versions of the format have been picked up by CBS in the U.S., as well as broadcasters in Spain, the Netherlands and Denmark.

Hunted is an authentic exploration into the most contemporary issues facing our generation – our Internet footprint, technology dependency and the impact this has on our daily life,” said Selina Zhang, content director of Shenzhen Satellite Television, in a statement.

“The show follows modern, urban people going off-grid and escaping from material life and will allow viewers in China to reflect on their relationship with technology, society and themselves,” she added.

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Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.