Zig Zag signs partnership deal in Japan

Zig Zag Productions has optioned two major primetime Japanese shows and, in a partnership deal with creative agency Yoshimoto, the prodco's formats will be re-made in the Far East.
June 2, 2011

Zig Zag Productions has optioned two major primetime Japanese shows and, in a partnership deal with creative agency Yoshimoto, the prodco’s formats will be re-made in the Far East.

Yoshimoto Creative Agency and Zig Zag will create and develop television formats targeted for the UK and international markets but are first developed, sold and broadcast in Japan.

Zig Zag CEO Danny Fenton said, “The deal is a significant one in Japanese TV culture as Japan generally does not remake or acquire Western content.”

In addition to the deal, Zig Zag has optioned two prime time endurance game shows from Japan’s Nippon Television Network Corporation, for broadcasters in the UK and U.S.

The first is Exit, a 13 part hour-long series that sees a team of five to seven contestants have to escape from a unique locked room with various traps.

Each member must participate in one of the three stages, where they must answer quizzes and puzzles to escape from the room before time runs out. 

All or Nothing, meanwhile, follows seven strangers as they’re faced with challenges and must make it to their destination in time to share $50,000. If they don’t make it, they win nothing.

The twist is that every decision and challenge, including what they eat and when they go to the bathroom, is voted on and must be unanimous. All actions must also be accomplished by every member of the team. The self-contained one-hour series sees every episode in a new location and cast, and is made by Lighthearted Entertainment (Fox’s The Moment of Truth, ABC’s Extreme Makeover)

The deals for both shows were signed by Zig Zag Productions and Nippon Television Network.

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