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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.

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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