Small World IFT secures US development deal for Super Combat Teams
Los Angeles, 28th April 2016 – Los Angeles and London based formats company Small World IFT has confirmed a development deal for its latest primetime stunt-battle show format Super Combat Teams to award-winning US reality production company Smart Dog Media, it announced today.
The deal will see non-scripted specialist Smart Dog Media develop Super Combat Teams for the US market. Originally produced by China’s Jiangsu Broadcasting Corporation for Jiangsu Satellite Channel, Super Combat Teams is the #1 show in China, with more than 100 million viewers and 200 million second screen players, recently beating all-comers to win ‘Best General Entertainment Program’ at the Asian Television Awards.
Tim Crescenti, President at Small World IFT, said, “We’re thrilled to announce our first pick up of Super Combat Teams which is completely fresh and unique in the marketplace right now. Super Combat Teams is a new take on family primetime entertainment – with terrific stories and stunts based around real disciplines and all wrapped up in the most innovative digital play-along game that keeps viewers glued to each outcome and the show. It’s Fear Factor meets Minute To Win It on acid!”
Craig Plestis, President & CEO at Smart Dog Media, added, “I definitely see the process of guessing and getting an instant response and possible prize for being right in a show as the future for lots of reality series. This is true fun interactivity, which goes way beyond a simple vote for your favorite idol. It’s watch and win!”
Small World IFT recently acquired international (excluding Germany and China) distribution rights to Super Combat Teams, which combines a studio-based primetime, family-friendly, talent show with multi-platform interaction. In Super Combat Teams, extremely talented players, comprising a diverse range of world champions to long-time rivals to small town novices with super skills, are invited to compete in thrilling challenges and stunts to prove themselves the best. Each episode features five jaw-dropping challenges, such as ‘Quantum Leap of Parkour,’ ‘Fly Over Cars’, ‘Blind Arrow Snatch’ and ‘BMX Wheels of Terror’. The series has become the number one rating talent show in China, with a total viewing figure of 96 million.
Super Combat Teams is the first stunt battle format to invite its audience to be part of the show – with viewers at home guessing the result of each challenge in real time via a proven interactive app, with cash prizes up for grabs to those that predict the correct winners. In China, the average number of audience members participating reached 15 million per episode and 200 million in total across the series.