Zeal seals U.S. deals for reality

Evolution nabs 'Demolition,' 'Resistance'

LONDON — U.K. producer-distributor Zeal Television has sold five key formats in the U.S.

Evolution has optioned “Demolition” and “Resistance,” both created by Brit format developer Chatterbox. The WB already has picked up rights to “Resistance,” and Evolution is developing the show for the network.

“Resistance” is a take on the evergreen concept of finding out how much money it takes to get people to do the outrageous. Show is in production in the U.K. for BBC Choice.

“Demolition” is an anarchic test of destructive prowess in which three teams race to pack one large object into a much smaller one. Teams may find themselves forcing a kitchen into a fridge, or slamdunking a camper van through a basketball hoop. “Demolition” has already been produced for Bravo, and Channel 5 in the U.K., for transmission this fall.

VH1 in the U.S. has picked up the rights to “Bands Reunited,” also a Chatterbox format. Show reunites bands that split up years ago for one last performance.

Game Show Network has licensed Chatterbox gamer “Risky Business,” in which three couples bet on the answers to extraordinary and intriguing questions to which no one knows the exact answers. Players must make educated guesses at the answer, with the stakes increase the more confident they are are of being correct.

Also, Stone Stanley Entertainment has optioned Chatterbox format “Resurrection,” an intriguing historic investigation uncovering the untold stories that every graveyard has to tell.

Zeal and Chatterbox are represented by the William Morris Agency in the U.S.

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