August 06, 2005 11:03 PM by Joe Blackmon
U.S. cable and satellite network Fox Reality has picked up a raft of reality shows from New Zealand’s Touchdown Television, marking the recently launched network’s first acquisition from this territory.
In addition to two series of flagship reality franchise "Treasure Island," Fox Reality has also acquired rights to the spin-off series "Treasure Island Extreme," which puts contestants through even tougher challenges and denies them even basic supplies such as food and water. The network has also acquired action adventure show "The Bounty Hunters."
All shows originally aired on New Zealand’s TV2 during primetime.
Says David Lyle, General Manager and COO, Fox Reality, "These shows are really strong examples of compelling reality television and we have found our viewers have a desire to see how reality television is made in other parts of the world. Our audience responds to human dramas in Reality Television whether they take place with Americans in a Honduran resort, British on the Costa Del Sol or even, we hope, New Zealanders racing around a Pacific Island. "
Says Sales Director Yvonne Pilkington "We’re delighted to be doing our first deal with Fox Reality, and have our shows join a selection of the world’s best reality programming."