Client news · 16 October, 2017

Zig Zag Productions and 3C Media announce co-development for ‘Ancient Games’

Leading independent TV Production Company Zig Zag Productions and Chinese TV production and distribution business 3C Media today announce a co-development agreement for Zig Zag’s physical game show format ‘Ancient Games’.

Following the format’s success in the China Original TV Formats competition at the Shanghai TV festival, 3C Media and Boom! client Zig Zag Productions reached an agreement to co-develop and co-produce ‘Ancient Games’ for China, the UK and international markets. The ambition is to constructed an ancient styled colosseum in China that will serve as the set for the Chinese production and the hub for international productions.

3C Media and Zig Zag will co-produce the Chinese version and international versions of the production. 3C Media will also sell the format internationally outside the UK and US where Zig Zag will retain rights to sell and produce the format.

‘Ancient Games’ is an epic sports competition and battle series that will see one super-fit modern-day athlete crowned winner. Over the course of its action-packed episodes, famous former athletes and super fit celebrities will compete in challenges, games and disciplines from the Ancient world. The stars will battle each other in a variety of ancient sporting disciplines and live in the ‘Ancient Games’ camp, where they dress, eat, and sleep exactly as the competitors would have over 2000 years ago. 

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Founded in 2004, 3C Media is a leading TV format creator, producer and distributor with headquarter based in Beijing and 9 JV companies in China and 1 in London.

Since its success in introducing ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ to China in 2006, 3C Media has established strategic partnerships with the world’s leading format companies, pioneering the adaptation of international TV formats in China and the creation and distribution of original Chinese format in the international market.

“‘Ancient Games’ is a gladiatorial show of epic proportions, 2000 years in the making! We are delighted to be working with 3C Media, China’s leading TV production business, to create what may be the biggest original TV format to come out of China so far”

— Danny Fenton, CEO Zig Zag Productions.

3C Media and Zig Zag will be presenting the format as part of 3C Media’s ‘From History to the Future – The Beauty of Working with China’ session at MIPCOM on Monday 16th October 1700 hrs CET in the Palais, Verriere Californie.