CANNES — Production-distribution giant Endemol Shine Group has sold reality format “Hunted” to Russian channel NTV. The show sees groups of ordinary people go on the run, while a crack team of investigators tracks them down.
The format was created by Shine TV, and the original series premiered on the U.K.’s Channel 4 last year. It has been sold to seven territories, including the U.S., China, Spain, Denmark and the Netherlands.
Weit Media, Endemol Shine’s production company in Russia, will produce the local version of “Hunted.”
The deal follows news that NTV has commissioned Weit to produce a Russian adaptation of Scandinavian crime drama “The Bridge,” which will run as 20 episodes over two seasons. The channel has also ordered two locally developed dramas from Weit, “Shubert” and “The Other Side of Death.”
Weit has also produced local version of Danish crime drama “The Killing,” which will air on Rossiya.
Recent and forthcoming nonscripted hits for the company include the first Russian series of blockbuster format “Masterchef Junior,” and a second season of “The Biggest Loser” for CTC, as well as a local version of comedy talent series “Your Face Sounds Familiar,” which launched in 2013 and is on air with a fourth season on Rossiya 1.