Endemol Argentina to produce int'l versions
Reality giant Endemol has handed production of a crop of international versions of “Wipe Out” to its division in Argentina, the same strategy it used for “Fear Factor.”Endemol Argentina has already produced localized versions of the obstacle course competition for Belgium, Germany and Spain and now will do so for the U.K., followed likely by another 19 territories. Argentina “has a large talent pool and the success of ‘Fear Factor’ was our introductory letter for ‘Wipe Out,’ ” said Endemol Argentina managing director Martin Kweller. “Wipe Out” was developed by Endemol USA and aired to high ratings on ABC this year. Endemol Argentina also is preparing a sixth season of “Big Brother” for top-ranked Telefe, a local version of British gamer “Golden Balls” for fourth-ranked America TV and entertainment show “Hoy puede ser” for second-ranked Artear-Canal 13. Endemol Argentina also has teamed with Sebastian Ortega’s Underground Contenidos (“Lalola”) to produce 150-hour crime comedy “Los exitosos Pells” (The Successful Pells) for Telefe.