Passion sends “Robot Wars” to Germany

ProSiebenSat.1's Kabel Eins has acquired the free-to-air German TV rights to rebooted battling robot competition series Robot Wars (pictured) from London-based sales house Passion Distribution.
July 14, 2016

German commercial broadcaster Kabel Eins has acquired the free-to-air German TV rights to the rebooted battling robot competition series Robot Wars (pictured) from London-based sales house Passion Distribution. 

The 6 x 60-minute entertainment series follows teams of amateur robot designers fighting competing machines in timed rounds within a bulletproof arena. Overseen by a panel of judges and hosts, the robots will use hammers, blades, flame throwers and pick axes to claim the coveted Robot Wars title. Robot Wars first aired from 1998 to 2004.

The deal with Kabel Eins, which is owned by ProSiebenSat.1 TV Deutschland, was negotiated by Passion’s senior sales manager Beatrice Rossmanith.

The revamped series was originally produced by Tinopolis Group-owned Mentorn Scotland and London-based SJP Media for UK pubcaster BBC2 and is scheduled to broadcast on July 24 at 8 p.m. GMT.

Elsewhere, Passion has also sold the free-to-air TV rights for the series to Manoto TV for Farsi/Persian speakers in Iran, with additional discussions underway to bring the series to further territories worldwide.

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