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Sci-fi TV game goes global

Twentieth Television Intl. has unveiled a new action-adventure game concept called “Scavengers,” which is designed to be tailored to the specific needs of individual broadcasters worldwide.

Twentieth and its production partners, Julian Grant TV and British Sky Broadcasting, will construct a $ 2 million hi-tech set in Britain, representing the spacecraft that is the game’s location.

Broadcasters from any country will then be able to produce their own version of the show on that set, adapted to suit the tastes of their target audience.

The strategy is similar to that employed by Grundy Worldwide, which sells series formats to broadcasters and then sets up entities in individual countries to produce the custom-tailored shows.

So far, U.K. satellite TV venture BSkyB is the only broadcaster firmly committed to this latest project, but Twentieth TV Intl. prexy Jim Gianopolus said discussions were far advanced with “a number of other countries,” including TF1 in France and Fox in the United States. Astral in Canada has already signed to shoot its version.

“The most impressive aspect of ‘Scavengers’ is that it is a formula to create programming that fits the needs of the international buying/producing community, ” said TFI’s Gilles Meunier.

“Scavengers” throws a team of contestants into a vast spaceship, with a fixed time span to retrieve various valuable objects. To do so, they play games of physical and intellectual skill, while avoiding hidden dangers.

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