Global producer and distributor Endemol Shine Group has sold its social experiment series Hunted (pictured) to Russia’s NTV Channel.
The series will be produced locally by Endemol Shine Group-owned Weit Media, whose production credits include Russian versions of MasterChef Junior, Your Face Sounds Familiar and a sophomore season of The Biggest Loser.
Hunted finds ordinary people going on the run with little cash and a limited ability to contact friends or family, as they are pursued by a group of highly skilled investigators, including detectives, psychologists and surveillance experts. The “hunters” look for clues for the whereabouts of the hunted by searching their homes, examining their Internet and cell phone histories and investigating their family and friends.
The series was originally produced by Endemol Shine UK for British pubcaster Channel 4 last year, where it has received a second series order. Broadcasters in the U.S., Spain, the Netherlands and Denmark have also acquired localized versions of the format, with China’s Shenzhen Satellite Television having picked up the series earlier this week.
“Hunted is rapidly rolling out internationally, having sold to seven territories less than a year since it first launched in the UK,” said Lisa Perrin, CEO of creative networks at Endemol Shine Group, in a statement. “This really represents Endemol Shine Group at its best, with successful new formats quickly adapted by our local production companies for broadcasters around the world to suit their own culture and budgets.”
(With files from Manori Ravindran)