Syfy licences Chile's Opposite Worlds format for U.S.
Gabriel Miramar-Garcia | 09-10-2012
Cable net Syfy has announced it will bring the mega-sensation reality series Opposite Worlds – which transfixes half of Chile's television audience each week with its battle of the Past versus the Future – to the United States. Syfy acquired the exclusive U.S. format rights from Canal 13 and distributor Banijay International.
In Opposite Worlds, twenty people from all walks of life are mixed together in two opposing teams that live in two distinctly different worlds – the Past and the Future. The Future is a Utopia where every wish can be granted with a push of a button; the Past is a constant struggle for survival. Each week, players compete in a series of challenges to determine who lives in the Past and who lives in the Future.
"Opposite Worlds has become an absolute phenomenon," said Mark Stern, president of original content at Syfy, and co-head of original content at Universal Cable Productions. "This groundbreaking, edgy program is a remarkable television experiment transporting the audience and the contestants into starkly opposite worlds, simultaneously. This will be a terrific addition to our prime time schedule which will fascinate Syfy viewers and invite them to play a part in the action and outcome."
Opposite Worlds will consist of 12 episodes over six weeks, marking the first time Syfy has ever aired an original series twice a week.
The deal follows Syfy's success with international game show hit Total Blackout, which pits contestants against unknown, often disgusting and always dubious things in pitch blackness. Paradigm brokered the deal with Syfy on behalf of Banijay International and Canal 13. The acquisition comes just ahead of MIPCOM 2012, where Banijay International will officially launch the Opposite Worlds format to the global market.