The Seven Network has today confirmed it will produce a local version of the popular reality adventure game show, The Amazing Race.
As previously revealed in TSR, the network has successfully purchased the international rights from entertainment company, Disney Media Distribution Asia Pacific.
The Amazing Race: Australia will see teams of two race across the country and around the world, following clues and competing in challenges, attempting to arrive first at designated ‘pit-stops’.
The American version sees the first team to cross the finish line collect $1.0 million, it has not yet been confirmed what the Australian prize pool will be.
Seven’s head of production, Brad Lyons, said, "The US version of The Amazing Race has had a huge following on Seven and we are thrilled to be working with Disney on The Amazing Race: Australia which promises to capture the excitement of the original series."
The Amazing Race first begun in the US in 2001 and has since visited seventy-three countries, and has undergone sixteen seasons. The seventeenth season will go to air on US network CBS in September this year.
Disney's senior vice president and managing director, Rob Gilby, said, "Audiences in Australia have shown an enormous appetite for high-quality, locally produced shows in recent years. The Amazing Race: Australia is another great milestone in our long-standing relationship with Channel Seven in bringing programs that resonate with viewers here."
Meanwhile, New Zealand born Phil Keoghan, who has hosted the American version since its inception, has been linked to front the Australian adaptation. Other names who have been associated with the local series include network personalities Grant Denyer and Daniel Macpherson.
Auditions are currently open before the reality series goes into production later this year in conjunction with ActiveTV. Despite an airdate yet to be announced, it is expected to screen in 2011.