via press release:
CHILLER ACQUIRES EXCLUSIVE U.S. BROADCAST RIGHTS TO INTERNATIONAL ENGLISH LANGUAGE VERSIONS OF FEAR FACTOR
Never Before Seen Episodes From the U.K., Australia and South Africa to Air on Chiller Beginning October 1, 2011
NEW YORK – August 31, 2011 – Chiller has acquired the exclusive U.S. television broadcast rights to all English language versions of Fear Factor, it was announced today by Thomas Vitale, Executive Vice President of Programming and Original Movies, Syfy and Chiller. Chiller, which already has repeat broadcast rights to the American version of the show, acquired the international editions from Endemol Worldwide Distribution and now holds U.S. exclusive rights to all currently existing English language versions and episodes of the hit series for the next 3 years. The South African (43 episodes), U.K. (26 episodes) and Australian (7 episodes) versions of the series will begin airing on October 1, 2011.
Fear Factor is a chill-inducing reality competition show, where contestants are pitted against each other in a variety of hair-raising challenges and stunts to win a grand prize. Re-broadcasts of the American version of Fear Factor premiered on Chiller on July 24, 2010, and reached over 3 million unduplicated viewers in its first month. The series has become Chiller’s highest rated series to-date, averaging 73,000 Adults18-49 and 86,000 Adults 25-54 in prime.
Endemol is a global leader in entertainment programming and the largest independent television production company in the world.
Endemol was founded in 1995 and is headquartered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. It comprises a global network of over 80 companies in 31 countries.
Each year the company produces more than 10,000 hours of programming and partners with over 300 broadcasters and licensees worldwide. Endemol is also one of the largest independent distributors of formats and finished programming in the world, with a growing library of over 2,300 formats and more than 24,000 hours of content across genres, including entertainment, reality TV, game shows, comedy, drama, docu-dramas, animation, features and feature films.
Endemol’s credits include international blockbusters such as Big Brother, Deal or No Deal, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, 1 vs. 100, Star Academy, Wipeout and The Money Drop. Its growing drama portfolio includes Hot in Cleveland, Hell on Wheels, Home and Away, Secret Diary of a Call Girl, Rush and Nini.
Endemol has a growing Sports business, including live coverage, channel management; entertainment programming, documentaries, films and live events.
Endemol is owned by Goldman Sachs, Mediacinco and Cyrte, which acquired the company in May 2007.
Chiller is the only cable channel devoted to delivering viewers round-the-clock scares. Chiller’s eclectic slate of adrenaline-fueled, soul-stirring entertainment includes a broad offering of films, including feature-length premieres every Friday, international programming (Afterlife, Apparitions), documentary and reality shows (Fear Factor), anthology series (Masters of Horror) and some of the most thought-provoking and suspenseful series ever on television (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Twilight Zone, Tales from the Darkside, Outer Limits). Chiller is currently available in over 40 million homes. To learn more, visit: http://www.chillertv.com. Chiller. Scary Good.