Syfy to Bring Smash Hit Reality Series 'Opposite Worlds' to America With Acquisition of Exclusive US Format Rights From Canal Banijay International

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October 8th, 2012

via press release:




NEW YORK – October 8, 2012 – Following its success with international hit Total Blackout, Syfy today announced it will bring the mega-sensation reality series Opposite Worlds – which transfixes half of Chile’s television audience each week with its battle of the Past versus the Future – to the United States. Syfy acquired the exclusive U.S. format rights from Canal 13 and distributor Banijay International.


Opposite Worlds will consist of 12 episodes over six weeks, marking the first time Syfy has ever aired an original series twice a week.


Craig Plestis from Smart Dog Media will serve as executive producer on the series. Plestis has been executive producer on the award-winning series Minute to Win It, Who’s Still Standing, as well as NBC’s upcoming singing game show, The Winner Is.


Said Mark Stern, President, Original Content, Syfy, and Co-Head, Original Content, Universal Cable Productions: “Opposite Worlds has become an absolute phenomenon. This groundbreaking, edgy program is a remarkable television experiment transporting the audience and the contestants into starkly opposite worlds, simultaneously. This will be a terrific addition to our prime time schedule which will fascinate Syfy viewers and invite them to play a part in the action and outcome.”


In Opposite Worlds, twenty people from all walks of life are mixed together in two opposing teams that live in two distinctly different worlds – the Past and the Future.  The Future is a Utopia where every wish can be granted with a push of a button; the Past is a constant struggle for survival. Each week, players compete in a series of challenges to determine who lives in the Past and who lives in the Future.


Paradigm brokered the deal with Syfy on behalf of Banijay International and Canal 13. The acquisition comes just ahead of MIPCOM 2012, where Banijay International will officially launch the Opposite Worlds format to the global market.


Syfy is a media destination for imagination-based entertainment. With year round acclaimed original series, events, blockbuster movies, classic science fiction and fantasy programming, a dynamic Web site (, and a portfolio of adjacent business (Syfy Ventures), Syfy is a passport to limitless possibilities. Originally launched in 1992 as SCI FI Channel, and currently in more than 98 million homes, Syfy is a network of NBCUniversal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies. (Syfy. Imagine greater.)

  • cimmer

    Oh, yay? Thank goodness they changed their name to Syfy so that they can really cast their net wide when it comes to Imagining Greater.

  • DonMedia

    Just what we need on a “Science Fiction” channel, another game show.

  • scifi

    And again – everything except scifi…

  • Jason50


  • coolioni

    How long is it going to take for these cooks running the SyFy channel to get fired ?
    This is exactly what this network does not need…another reality show !
    I think the only good decision they have made lately is bring on the program Continuum. Its a great show, but I really was hoping another network bsides Syfy would pick it up in the USA.

    I really hope that SyFy will have no say on weather the show can get cancelled or not.

    I really dont see SyFy promting it that well, plus many peple have already downloaded the show off the internet. So seaaon 1 probally wont do that well.
    Hopefully season 2 will run at the same time it does in Canada.

    If it doesn’t it will only hurt the chances of the show doing well in the USA.

  • xHebHah

    I’m from Chile and this program was made with people who are famous in Chile, I hope this bet you will do in Chile is a bit more interesting than in my country as many fights were meaningless.

  • Joseph

    >How long is it going to take for these cooks running the SyFy channel to get fired ?

    Who says they’ll get fired? TLC, Discovery and History all went to reality-show formats (trashy ones in the case of TLC) and their ratings have gone up.

  • Simon Jester

    @coolioni – “I really dont see SyFy promting it that well, plus many peple have already downloaded the show off the internet. So seaaon 1 probally wont do that well.”

    I seem to remember you voicing the same ridiculous assertions when Syfy picked up LOST GIRL.

    Syfy is always going to program a mix of expensive-but-little-watched scripted shows and cheap-but-popular reality fare. I don’t care for the latter, but so long as they’re also doing the former, I’ll keep watching.

  • Dude

    “Smash hit” has too many letters, just get rid of everything between the “S” and the second “h” and I think you’ll see where I’m going with this. No one wants more reality TV, everyone else already has it and does it far better than syfail can. Bring back some science fiction instead. Even the History Channel has more science fiction than Sigh:fy

  • Dude

    @Simon Jester – How do you differentiate the reality shows and the “scripted” ones? They’re both scripted as is the “rasslin”. The only distinction I can make is the quality and the content.

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