Hunted to Make Russia Debut


AMSTERDAM/CANNES/MOSCOW: Endemol Shine Group’s factual hit Hunted has been commissioned in Russia by NTV Channel.

The format, which sees groups of ordinary people go on the run while a team of some of the world’s best investigators tracks them down, will be adapted for Russia by Endemol Shine Group’s Weit Media. After debuting in the U.K. last year, Hunted has now sold to the U.S., China, Spain, Denmark and the Netherlands.

Lisa Perrin, CEO of Creative Networks at Endemol Shine Group, said: “Hunted is rapidly rolling out internationally, having sold to seven territories less than a year since it first launched in the U.K. This really represents Endemol Shine Group at its best, with successful new formats quickly adapted by our local production companies for broadcasters around the world to suit their own culture and budgets. There’s a huge buzz around Hunted and we are hugely excited to announce this deal from Russia whilst we are at MIPTV.”

Yulia Sumacheva, CEO of Weit Media, added: “Hunted is a fascinating and bold social experiment and we have no doubt the audience in Russia will be completely gripped with this authentic real-life thriller. We can’t wait to follow the progress of the fugitives to see if it really is possible to go off grid in these modern times.”