Chile's Opposite Worlds heads to Canada

Gabriel Miramar-Garcia | 17-01-2014

Bell Media's Space has picked up the format development rights in Canada for Banijay International's reality TV property Opposite Worlds. It has also acquired simulcast rights to the series, which will air on Syfy in the US.

Based on the hit Chilean format originally broadcast on Canal 13, the show follows 14 people from all walks of life. They face off in opposing teams that live in a house separated into two distinctly different worlds: one past and one future, each with its own unique advantages and disadvantages. Adding to the drama is a glass wall dividing the house into the two environments, allowing the teams to watch, envy and dread each other's every move.

Opposite Worlds is a massive hit in Chile, where it has out-rated competitors in every demographic in its slot, averaging more than 50% share in its key demographic of viewers 18-24.

Banijay International will showcase the Opposite Worlds format alongside the finished US series at NATPE 2014.

"We're delighted to see Canada become the next destination for Opposite Worlds," said Sebastian Burkhardt, head of sales at Banijay International. "At the centre of this truly immersive show is a fascinating experiment that sees diverse characters, challenges and scenarios emerge, creating a 'must-watch' experience that audiences are able to interact with and influence across multiple platforms."

He added: "These opportunities, combined with the huge continued success of the series in Chile and the great buzz surrounding the new US version, are attracting great interest internationally, and we're looking forward to securing more territories for Opposite Worlds at NATPE."

This latest deal for Opposite Worlds expands on recent international activity, including sales to ATV in Turkey and CME Group Channel, Nova Croatia.