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NBCUniversal sends “Spartan” to Denmark

Competition-based reality shows continue to inspire interest in audiences worldwide. So it’s no surprise that Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge has won over its first international buyer. The NBCUniversal International Formats reality ...
December 7, 2016

Competition-based reality shows continue to inspire interest in audiences worldwide.

So it’s no surprise that Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge has won over its first international buyer. The NBCUniversal International Formats reality competition series has been picked up by Discovery’s Kanal 5 for a 7 x 60-minute local version, which will air in spring next year.

The new version will be produced by Nordisk Denmark.

Anne Garlichs, head of local programming, Discovery Networks Denmark stated in a release that picking up “one of America’s most hardcore TV shows for Denmark” is part of the company’s focus to bring action-packed entertainment, factual and crime to Denmark’s audiences.

Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge captures the concept of team spirit by getting elite athletes, their friends, families and co-workers to collaborate on completing Spartan obstacle courses.

Thirty-six teams will be part of the competition for a final cash prize. The course is expected to be one of the most challenging Spartan courses designed so far.

Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge first premiered on NBC in June this year and was the number two show for ratings in its timeslot.

NBCUniversal is currently in talks to with buyers interested in the show for two other European markets.

In other news, NBCUniversal International Formats also snapped up a buyer for its reality makeover show How Do I Look? A pact was signed with E!Entertainment Television in Mexico. The Mexican adaptation of the show will have the name Cambiame El Look, and will air later this month as a 13-part series.

Produced by Boomdog for NBCUniversal International Networks, each episode of the series sees style-challenged individuals nominated by their family and friends to undergo a complete style overhaul with the help of a panel of fashionistas.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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