Following the success of program formats such as “Survivor” and “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire,” here’s a selection of the latest TV show templates making their way around the world.
Format: “The Mole”
Originator: Woestijn Vis, Belgium
Distributor: Action Time, U.K.
Description: Five men and five women are sent to a beautiful, isolated location for three weeks. Their mission is to work together on a range of tasks to win prizes. The catch is the “mole,” whose job is to sabotage as many tasks as they can.
First aired: Belgium’s VRT1
Optioned by: Australia, the Netherlands, U.K., Germany, Sweden, Norway and Hungary
Format: “Treasure Island”
Originator: Touchdown Prods., New Zealand
Distributor: GMG Endemol
Description: Two teams, made up of 16 contestants, pursue a range of clues to find hidden treasure on a remote location.
First aired: TVNZ’s TV2
Optioned by: an unnamed territory (currently shooting at a secret location)
Originator: Australia’s Screentime
Distributor: Target Distribution
Description: Show that follows efforts to create a successful girl band.
First aired: Seven Network Australia
Optioned by: U.K. (LWT Prods. for ITV), Italy (Mediaset), Germany (Tresor for RTL2) and Spain (Videomedia)
Originator: controller of features Michael Attwell and his deputy Kim Peat at Channel 5 in the U.K.
Distributor: Channel 5
Description: Contestants have three weeks to escape from a mock jail complete with prison guards. There is a big cash prize at stake and contestants have to decide whether to go it alone or collaborate and split the winnings.
First aired: Channel 5
Optioned by: U.S. (ABC)
Format: “Boot Camp”
Originator: LWT Productions, U.K.
Distributor: Granada Intl.
Description: One-hundred men and women endure life in a real-life military boot camp run by U.S. drill instructors. One man and one women will receive a substantial prize at the end.
First aired: None as yet
Optioned by: U.S. (LMNO Prods. for broadcast on Fox network)