Endemol Shine bows “The Society Game” in Korea

The new, politically-charged reality series is the media company's first co-developed format to emerge from an international partnership with CJ E&M earlier this year.
September 22, 2016

Endemol Shine Group and South Korean content and media company CJ E&M have revealed a new, politically charged reality format, their first co-developed format to follow from the formation of their international partnership.

The Society Game investigates different political systems, communities and their leadership. Two contrasting ‘societies,’ based on authoritarian rule and democracy models must win physical and mental challenges or they risk destabilizing their community. The format will see the nature of true leadership constantly questioned through an ever-changing balance of power, elections, dramatic coups and evolving alliances.

Developed by CJ & EM with Endemol Shine Asia, the format’s first series will premiere on South Korea’s TvN, CJ E&M’s flagship channel in October. The Society Game will make its international debut at MIPCOM 2016, where it will be among Endemol Shine’s headline formats.

“There is a tremendous level of creativity coming out of South Korea and our partnership with CJ E&M has allowed us to tap into this key market. This series brings the social-experiment genre up to date and couldn’t be more timely, with audiences around the world questioning the political status quo,” said Lisa Perrin, CEO of Creative Networks at Endemol Shine, in a statement.

The international partnership between Endemol Shine and CJ E&M came to be in April 2016 and will see the two companies continue to create, produce and distribute original formats and series for the worldwide marketplace.

Meanwhile, in other Endemol Shine news, the company’s award-winning digital production and distribution network Endemol Shine Beyond has announced further international rollouts of its global gaming format Legends of Gaming  in the Netherlands and Israel. The format originally launched in the UK in 2014.

The series features some of the biggest gaming names on YouTube as they competef for the the title of ‘Legend of Gaming.’ Since launching in the UK, Legends of Gaming has rolled out in eight territories globally, with local language versions featuring local gaming superstars. In the U.S., the digital network recently partnered with Mashable for a third season, as well as in Brazil, France, Germany and Chile.

Legends of Gaming NL, which launched in September, is sponsored by Samsung and telecommunications company KPN, and features eight of the top online gaming creators in the country such as EnzoKnol and DagelijksHaaDee.

Sponsored by leading Israeli communications group Partner, Legends of Gaming Israel launched at the end of August and features a host of Israel’s best YouTube creators including Sugarzaza and Hillel Parody






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