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“Robot Wars” heads to Asia

The BBC competition series profiling the world’s deadliest robots will soon have an Asian format. UK sales house Passion Distribution has partnered with Group M Entertainment APAC to bring Robot Wars, which ...
December 8, 2016

The BBC competition series profiling the world’s deadliest robots will soon have an Asian format.

UK sales house Passion Distribution has partnered with Group M Entertainment APAC to bring Robot Wars, which showcases amateur robot designers developing fight-until-your-death machines, to an Asian audience.

The series has already been acquired in several territories including New Zealand, Africa, Germany, Iran, Central and Eastern Europe, and the Commonwealth of Independent States.

The BBC commissioned the show for a second season after a successful first season in the Sunday night primetime slot on BBC2.

The show is produced by Mentorn Scotland and SJP Media for BBC2. In it, robots battle one another using an assortment of automated weaponry. Once one robot disables its opponent, it then hands it over to a host of house robots, who put an end to its existence.

An earlier avatar of the show ran for seven seasons in the UK between 1998 and 2004. That version has also seen renewed interest with international sales in New Zealand (Sky New Zealand), Thailand (Turner Toonami) and the Africa Business Channel.

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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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