Small World has secured a new deal with China’s Jiangsu Broadcasting Corporation for distribution of its innovative interactive talent/stunt battle show format Super Combat Teams.
Small World has signed international (excluding Germany and Nordic territories, where it has already sold) distribution to the primetime format, which combines a studio-based talent show with multi-platform interaction. Winner of the ‘Best General Entertainment Program’ at the Asian Television Awards, Super Combat Teams was originally produced for Jiangsu Satellite Channel in China, where it has become the number one rating talent show, with a total viewing figure of 96 million people.
In Super Combat Teams, competitors, comprising a diverse range of world champions and record holders, compete in thrilling challenges and stunts to prove themselves the best. Each episode features five challenges, such as ‘Fly Over Cars’, ‘Cross Fires’ and ‘Beat Gravity’. 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 an interactive platform, 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.
Tim Crescenti, President at Small World, commented, “We are thrilled to team with Jiangsu on this fan-damn-tastic new primetime format. This is not just another talent show – it is a show that has a big heart and many emotional layers amidst these battles. Competitors may be long-time rivals, or a young hot amateur battling his or her idol for the first time. Moreover, we’ll also watch as the celebrity captains question each challenger as to their feelings and nerves about their upcoming epic battle. And these celebrity captains are winning prizes not only for the studio audience, but also the viewers at home, who must watch it live, using our proven simple app, to win – we’ve made it DVR-proof! It may be a big studio show, but we’re also ensuring it is scale-able by offering international broadcasters a turnkey production hub. Bottom line: Super Combat Teams offers good, clean fun and entertainment for all the family.”
Qiu Yuanyuan, President of Jiangsu Broadcasting Corporation International, added, “We are pleased to be partnering with Small World on international distribution of Super Combat Teams. As the pioneer in China, we are devoted to bringing original Chinese creations to the world. With its originality and uniqueness, I believe Super Combat Teams will be the next big global hit.”
Li Xiang, Director of Jiangsu Satellite Channel, added, “Super Combat Teams is a format that will flourish with strong international collaboration and we look forward to building a successful partnership with Small World as they debut this hit show.”