CBS orders The Summit USA

Aussie-made reality format gets a network commission set against a breathtaking mountain backdrop in NZ.

Aussie-made reality format The Summit, devised by Endemol Shine Australia and Nine Network, is headed for a US adaptation to screen on CBS.

Endemol Shine North America will produce a series in New Zealand hosted by NZ actor Manu Bennett (Spartacus, Arrow).

The Summit encompasses everything our viewers love in a reality show – everyday people overcoming and conquering their fears, a fierce game of strategy and an intense physical and emotional competition,” said Amy Reisenbach, president of CBS Entertainment. “Set against a breathtaking mountain backdrop, this is a high-stakes, adrenaline-filled game with thrilling twists and turns that make for riveting and inspiring television.”

“We are so excited to embark on this exhilarating adventure with our partners at CBS on a proven format that has captivated audiences internationally,” said Sharon Levy, CEO of Endemol Shine North America. “We can’t wait for viewers to come along on this epic quest with an incredible group of contestants as they learn how far they’re willing to go and what they’re willing to do to reach The Summit.”

“I’m an avid mountain climber, but the reason I’m passionate about this series has little to do with climbing,” said Kevin Lee, executive producer of The Summit. “It’s the human drama and emotion that arise when ordinary people are pushed to their limits by intense game play that makes this series so compelling.”

Nine renewed the series for 2024 hosted by Jai Courtney, which was to have been shot late last year in NZ.

4 Responses

  1. Seriously, it was the most convoluted outcome in so called “Reality” TV. With no real food issues, uber helicopters on call and a really good filming time, it could have been so much better…

  2. This is excellent news! I really enjoyed the Aussie version (enjoy though some of my fellow commentators didn’t!)

    David, is it true that the 2024 Aussie version is going to be all celebrities? Is it half and half?

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