Extra: Zodiak sells “Wild Things,” Turkey gets Lifetime

In today's 'Extra' wrap, family entertainment game show format Wild Things (pictured) heads to Europe and Latin America, while A+E Networks will launch female-focused channel Lifetime in Turkey.
March 15, 2016

Zodiak Rights sends “Wild Things” to Europe, Latin America 

Banijay Group-owned international distributor Zodiak Rights has sent family entertainment game show format Wild Things (pictured) to a raft of international broadcasters. Argentina’s Telefe has ordered a 13 x 60-minute adaptation produced by Peppermind and Telefe, while Denmark’s TV3 has commissioned a localized 8 x 60-minute version produced by Mastiff Denmark.

The format, which is co-owned by IWC Media, Mad Monk and GroupM Entertainment, challenges contestants – some dressed as woodland creatures – to work together through obstacle courses in order to secure a cash prize that lies deep within the “Wild Wood.” It was originally produced for Sky1 in the UK. A second season run has been extended to 8 x 60 minutes and is set to launch in April. The sale follows deals with Russia’s CTC (16 x 60 minutes, Mastiff Russia) and Belgium’s VTM (7 x 60 minutes, Zodiak Belgium). A 13 x 60-minute Chinese edition is currently being broadcast by Shenzhen TV, as part of a deal with GroupM Entertainment.

Lifetime to debut in Turkey

A+E Networks is slated to launch its women-focused entertainment network Lifetime in Turkey on April 26. Lifetime Turkey, a joint venture between A+E Networks and MCD Medya, is the country’s first free-to-air channel and will include local formats – to be unveiled at launch – as well as content from Lifetime’s global catalog, from series franchises and specials to movies. The Turkish network will also premiere an original daily morning talk show, hosted by well-known personality Özge Uzun. The series will focus on such topics as beauty, cooking, fashion, pop culture, social media, health and childcare.

“Lifetime Turkey represents a key element of our growth strategy to extend A+E Networks’ portfolio across EMEA,” said Dean Possenniskie, MD of EMEA at A+E Networks, in a statement. “The channel will collectively give us the ability to reach over 19 million households and deliver to advertisers a high-value, upscale audience with real scale.”

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