Teen gameshow Power Struggle is set to be remade in the US and will return for a second series in the Middle East.
Rival Media, the UK indie behind the format, will work closely with the Gurin Company on a US version, which is being considered by several broadcasters in both teen and family versions.
The deal with Gurin, the company behind US versions of The Weakest Link and Test The Nation, was brokered by Coz Jackson of William Morris Endeavor Entertainment.
The format, originally made for pan-Arabic broadcaster JCC, combines a location-based gameshow with an adventure series.
It features five teenagers from around the world who meet for the first time in the middle of the Jordanian desert at an abandoned fort where the power has been cut off. The teens must battle the elements, complete challenges and learn to live with each other as they “struggle for power”.
Following an initial run of 48 episodes last year, a new 60 x 30-minute series has been ordered for broadcast in February 2012. Shot on location in Jordan, it will be produced entirely in Arabic with a mostly British crew. Post-production will be conducted in London.
Gurin Company president and chief executive Phil Gurin said: “Power Struggle has a great visual style and it is a terrific format that we are excited to take into the States.”
Separately, Rival Media is making a third series of teen reality series Mission Beach USA for RTE Ireland. A new group of young recruits will be sent to Florida to go through Lifeguard Summer School.
The 8 x 30-minute series will be filmed over the summer for broadcast in October. Executive producers are Howard Myers and Steve Wynne. Series producer is Cat Gradwell.