Survival expert to guide teams for NBC reality competition

Survival expert Bear Grylls has found his next extreme adventure: “Get Out Alive,” a reality competition series for NBC, co-produced with Ben Silverman’s Electus.

Show marks Grylls’ first on a broadcast network after having starred in “Man vs. Wild” on Discovery Channel for seven seasons.

NBC has ordered eight one-hour episodes of “Get Out Alive,” said to be a working title, that will begin its run during primetime in summer 2013.

Grylls won’t stray too far from his image as a survivalist as he guides teams who are tested in the wilderness through various tasks and missions.

“Obviously, Bear is still Bear, and the show will lend itself to his world,” said Chris Grant, CEO of Electus. “He will be seen in a new environment testing his abilities which is empowering others.”

Describing the show, “‘Get Out Alive’ will be raw, tough and unrelenting, but it will also inspire and teach the essentials that one day may just save your life,” said Grylls, whose Bear Grylls Ventures will be co-producing the series. “The goal is to empower people with the ultimate in both survival and teamwork, and that brings incredible reward but first there must be some pain.”

Electus sparked to the idea of the show because it saw an opportunity to pair Grylls up with contestants in a way that could better show off his personality while also introducing him to a larger audience on a major network.

“To meet Bear is to meet a force of nature,” said Paul Telegdy, president, alternative and late night programming, NBC Entertainment. “He is a magnetic and charismatic talent, whose infectious enthusiasm for adventure inspires people to push themselves beyond their limits. These contestants are in for the ride of their lives!”

A former British Special Forces soldier and experienced climber who reached the summit of Mount Everest, Grylls’ previous projects, including “Man vs. Wild,” also known as “Born Survivor,” in the U.K., and his bestseller “Mud, Sweat and Tears,” have solely focused on him.

“You’ve seen Bear do unbelievable things, but you haven’t seen how amazing he is in letting other people learn what they can do,” Grant said. “This will serve to put Bear on a grander stage doing what he does best, giving others the strength and confidence to find the greatness within them.”

Although the new series is on NBC, Grylls still exclusively works with Discovery for cable programming.

Electus Intl., Electus’ global distrib arm, will retain all international distribution rights to the show, which it will introduce at Mipcom.

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