MIPCOM 2012: Syfy Acquires Reality Show 'Opposite Worlds'


Chile too is getting in on the now frenzied format trade as its smash hit Opposite Worlds has just gotten snapped up by Syfy in the States.

In the deal the Comcast-owned cabler acquires the exclusive U.S. format rights to the reality hit from south of the border from Canal 13 and distributor Banijay International. (The deal follows Syfy's success with another international hit Total Blackout.)

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Opposite Worlds will consist of 12 episodes over six weeks, marking the first time Syfy has ever aired an original series twice a week.

Craig Plestis from Smart Dog Media will serve as executive producer on the series. Plestis has been executive producer on the series Minute to Win It, Who's Still Standing and NBC's upcoming singing game show, The Winner Is.

Said Mark Stern, president of Original Content at Syfy and co-Head of Original Content for Universal Cable Productions: "Opposite Worlds has become an absolute phenomenon. This groundbreaking, edgy program is a remarkable TV experiment transporting the audience and the contestants into starkly opposite worlds, simultaneously."

In the show, twenty people from all walks of life are mixed together in two opposing teams that live in two distinctly different worlds - the past and the future. The future is a utopia where every wish can be granted with a push of a button; the past is a constant struggle for survival.

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Paradigm brokered the deal with Syfy on behalf of Banijay and Canal 13.

Banijay International is licensing the Opposite Worlds format to the global market during the ongoing market at Mipcom.

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