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Netflix to adapt Studio Lambert’s “The Circle” for three int’l markets

Netflix is adapting Studio Lambert’s reality competition series The Circle with three localized versions for various international territories. The social media competition series will feature players from three different countries, including the ...
October 9, 2018

Netflix is adapting Studio Lambert’s reality competition series The Circle with three localized versions for various international territories.

The social media competition series will feature players from three different countries, including the U.S.

The Circle was created by All3Media’s Studio Lambert and recently co-produced by Studio Lambert and Motion Content Group for the UK’s Channel 4.

Featured in the format are individuals from various backgrounds who compete in a popularity contest to win a cash prize while asking a host of provocative questions about modern identity, how we portray ourselves and how we communicate via social media.

Contestants live in separate apartments in a single building and do not meet face-to-face during the competition, interacting with one another exclusively through a voice-activated social media platform. The contestants will get to know one another only through what they choose to reveal, presenting either truthful or fictional versions of themselves.

The players will rate each other frequently with unpopular players getting “blocked”. Forging alliances and private allegiances, the most popular player wins a cash prize.

The announcement follows a wave of recent unscripted commissions from the Los Gatos, California-based digital streamer. At the Edinburgh International TV Festival in August, Netflix’s VP of unscripted originals and acquisitions Brandon Riegg revealed four original non-fiction series are slated to launch later this year, including The Final Table, a new cooking format from the producers of MasterChef.

The Circle has already proven to be a compelling, timely, and buzzworthy show,” said Riegg in a statement. “We think the show’s combination of modern social media interaction and competition will captivate Netflix members around the world, in multiple languages, and we’re delighted to partner with Studio Lambert and Motion to produce these three new local versions.”

“Social media has radically changed the way we make friends, conduct relationships, argue and even fall in love,” added Studio Lambert CEO Stephen Lambert. “But how truthful are our online identities?  The Circle is a thought-provoking and entertaining way of exploring such questions and the chance to make different versions for Netflix’s global audience was irresistible.”

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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