ITV Studios has confirmed that long-running, award-winning format The Chase, has been commissioned by TVE-owned LA1 in Spain, becoming the 14th territory to order the show. The show will be produced by Mediacrest.
It is also to return in Israel on KAN 11, where last year it won the award for Best Game Show at the Israeli Television Awards for the second year in a row. KAN has commissioned two further series.
The Chase turned 10 last year having first appeared on UK screens – where it is produced by ITV Studios label Potato – in 2009. During that time, it has regularly won its slot and grown its audience share, making it one of ITV’s most successful daytime shows, with more than 1500 episodes.
Since then it has gone on to be commissioned in territories including Australia, Denmark, Germany and Russia, with six of the 14 international versions produced locally by ITV Studios.
In Germany the show launched in 2012 in a late night slot, before being moved to primetime in 2015 where it airs on Das Erste, while in Serbia one in five viewers tune in to watch on RTS1. It launched in Finland on MTV3 in August 2018, where it added +80% to the slot for individuals.
Maarten Meijs, President, Global Entertainment at ITV Studios, said: “The Chase continues to entertain viewers across the world and these new and returning commissions are proof of its ongoing appeal to international buyers. It is one of a number of global returning formats in the ITV Studios catalogue, such as The Voice, Love Island and Come Dine With Me that go from strength to strength and continue to attract new audiences.”
Following the reorganisation of ITV Studios’ international and commercial division, Global Entertainment, which is headed up by Meijs and has its Headquarters in Hilversum, brings together international unscripted format sales and exploitation across the group under one roof. Meijs’ team are known for their expertise in managing shows which attract large audiences with significant global commercial potential and monetize content, through a number of different ways, including brand licensing, merchandising, commercial integration and digital and social activity.
Global Entertainment now represents the catalogues of Talpa Media, Israeli format creators Armoza Formats, Twofour and the existing ITV Studios unscripted format catalogue.
ITV Studios is preparing to welcome over 200 buyers to its annual Formats Festival next week. Taking place at London’s iconic Camden Roundhouse on the 12th February, brand new formats will be introduced to those present, alongside its biggest brands, from the global and award-winning hits The Voice and Love Island, to The Four to and I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!