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Roku adds “Survival from Above,” “Lincoln Log Project” to unscripted slate

At the Banff World Media Festival yesterday (June 14), AVOD platform Roku announced that it was further expanding its range of unscripted originals, adding adventure competition Survival from Above and ...
June 15, 2022

At the Banff World Media Festival yesterday (June 14), AVOD platform Roku announced that it was further expanding its range of unscripted originals, adding adventure competition Survival from Above and build series Lincoln Log Project (w/t) to a slate of upcoming programming that is already well-stocked with dating/relationship and lifestyle shows.

Marking Roku’s first venture into the survival genre, Survival from Above (pictured, 8 x 60 min.) adds a heretofore unseen twist to the format. Not only are the 10 participants forced to fend for themselves in the middle of the Guyana rainforest, but they must also exclusively eat, sleep and compete from perches 100 feet above the jungle floor. As the series progresses, the competition pool will be drained as one after another contestant packs it in and comes back down to earth, with the “last one hanging” earning the grand prize of $100,000.

The series is being produced for Roku by All3Media subsidiary Caravan. Dinah Lord, co-founder and CEO of the London-based prodco, is executive producing along with Rafael Montserrat and Jane McGoldrick, while Kristina Obradovic serves as production consultant.

The tentatively titled Lincoln Log Project (8 x 60 min.), meanwhile, blows the iconic Hasbro building toy up to life-size, following master builders as they design and construct dream-home versions of the classic log cabin from the ground up. Each episode will showcase the artisanal, custom-crafted build process, and will culminate with a reveal as the keys to the completed cabin are turned over to the new owners.

Entertainment One (eOne) is producing Lincoln Log Project for Roku, with Tara Long, Geno McDermott, Gennifer Gardiner and Cindy Bertram serving as executive producers.

“Today’s series greenlights plant Roku Originals’ flag in the adventure and exploration unscripted genres, which will not only excite our current streamer base but also attract new audiences to the Roku Channel,” commented Brian Tannenbaum, Roku’s head of alternative originals. “It’s an honor to work with the phenomenal teams at eOne and Caravan to create bold, premium content for audiences to enjoy for free.”

Both series are slated to debut on the Roku Channel in 2023.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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