Zig Zag options Japanese game show “G Wars”

The deal for G Wars (pictured) is the latest in a series of Japanese game show format acquisitions for the London- and New York-based production company.
December 5, 2012

Zig Zag Productions has acquired the British and American television rights to Japanese game show format G Wars (pictured) from the Fuji Corporation.

Currently airing in Japan on Fuji TV, the series pits two teams of five contestants against each other in a series of ridiculous and extreme challenges such as “mid-air giant rubber band wrestling,” “ping pong face block,” “aquatic mad dash” and “precision karaoke.”

The deal is the latest in a series of Japanese format acquisitions for the London- and New York-based company, which recently partnered with the Yoshimoto agency to produce the game show format Time Out for the Japanese and UK market. Zig Zag also optioned NTV’s Exit format for the UK and U.S., where it is being produced for cable net Syfy.

“We’re very excited by G Wars,” said Zig Zag CEO Danny Fenton in a statement. “We’ve had some great successes with Japanese game show formats recently and we’ve built a real understanding of what works and why. G Wars has the potential to be our next breakout format hit.”

Zig Zag recently teamed up with U.S. cable network Logo to produce Otherkin, an hour-long documentary about a community of people who see themselves as being either partially or entirely non-human.

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