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Sci Fi Channel has greenlighted a pilot for the reality competition series "Run for Money," which pits contestants against one another in the quest for cash prizes as they are stalked by relentless "hunters."

"Run for Money," based on a successful Japanese format from Fuji Television ("Iron Chef"), takes place over 60 minutes of real time in landmark locations. As the clock winds down, the competition gets harder as more hunters appear on the streets, the game perimeter gets smaller and tasks are assigned that test contestants' nerves.

Contestants earn money for every second they "stay alive" and may opt out of the competition. If they keep playing and are overrun by a hunter, they lose everything. The last person standing takes the prize.

" 'Run for Money' is a fun, fast-paced, thriller of a show and fits nicely with our reality agenda of putting ordinary people in wild, extraordinary situations," Sci Fi executive vp original programming Mark Stern said. "It's high-adrenaline fun: part sport, part real-life video game."

"Run for Money," announced this year as part of the network's development slate, is executive produced by Scott Messick (Spike TV's "Pros vs. Joes") through his Mess Media for Buena Vista Prods. and Fujisankei Communications International.

Production on the pilot is set to begin in January in Los Angeles.
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