Mipcom: U.K.’s Zig Zag and China’s 3C Team up on Epic Gladiatorial Reality Show ‘Ancient Games’ (EXCLUSIVE)
The two companies will team up on producing the celebrity game-show format for Chinese, U.K. and international markets
The “Ancient Games,” format was first proposed at the Shanghai TV festival in the China Original TV Formats competition. Zig Zag then reached out and an agreement was made to co-produce the format for Chinese, U.K. and international markets. The next step is to build a ancient-looking colosseum in China, which will play host to the Chinese format and act as an international headquarters for other productions of the format.
The show itself will be an athletic competition between modern-day, super-fit contestants. Former athletes, actors and other celebrities will compete over the course of the series in a number of ancient-themed competitions. Aside from the sporting dimension, the show will have a reality feel as contestants are forced to eat, sleep and dress in the same conditions that the athletes would have centuries ago.
“‘Ancient Games’ is a gladiatorial show of epic proportions, 2000 years in the making! We are delighted to be working with 3C Media, China’s leading TV production business, to create what may be the biggest original TV format to come out of China so far,” said Danny Fenton, CEO Zig Zag Productions.
His sentiment was echoed by Shirley Cheng, senior VP of 3C Media: “3C is a Chinese company with international vision. We’ve had a successful and enjoyable experience working with international partners in the past 10 years. The agreement with Zig Zag on Ancient Games will definitely be one of our milestone international co-operations.”
The new format will be presented by the two companies on Monday night at Mipcom as part of their session, From History to the Future – The Beauty of Working with China.