Successful format gets 10-episode order

Disney XD is launching unscripted adventure series “Fort Boyard — Ultimate Challenge,” an adaptation of a Zodiak Media Group format, with 10 half-hour episodes premiering Oct. 17.

A summer hit for more than two decades on France 2, “Fort Boyard” is produced by Zodiak’s the Foundation and Adventure Line Prods. and has been adapted in nearly 40 countries.

Geno Segers (“Pair of Kings”) and Laura Hamilton (U.K.’s “Dancing on Ice”) will host the Disney XD version. On a 19th century fort off the coast of France, six teams of four teens from the U.S. and U.K. will compete in challenges requiring brains, brawn and teamwork for the ultimate goal of conquering the fort.

Nigel Pickard and Ged Allen, Pierre Godde and Jamila Metran exec produce. Disney XD will air the program around the world except in France and Nordic countries, while CiTV will air it in Britain.”Fort Boyard” will air in the U.S. on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays (except for Halloween) for three weeks, then finish with two episodes on Nov. 7.

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