Banijay today announces two significant returns for Fort Boyard across its footprint following the format’s latest pickup in Poland for Viaplay. Mastiff Norway will produce the Norwegian reboot, Fangene på Fortet, which will also be broadcast on Viaplay and TV 3, after a ten-year hiatus. Elsewhere, following the successful revival in 2019, Mastiff Russia has produced a second series of Fort Bojard for CTC, with the launch this week doubling the previous series numbers.
Both versions will be filmed at the iconic France-based hub, with all participants testing their mental and physical strength in tasks from sky gladiator jousting to cracking codes. Only by successfully completing them can they escape the fort and be crowned the winner. Bernt Hulsker and Julie Strømsvåg are confirmed to host the Norwegian version and will oversee celebrity contestants take on a range of challenges in Napoleon’s imposing nineteenth century fortress.
Jostein Olseng, CEO at Mastiff Norway comments: “Now is the perfect time to revive this legendary format as it provides laughs one minute and then has your heart pumping the next. And, with great hosts and new challenges for our celebrity contestants to navigate, it is sure to entertain all-ages.”
Anton Goreslavsky, Managing Director at Mastiff Russia comments: “The first season was incredibly successful, enjoying high scores on all demos. We are looking forward to our Russian audience seeing whether the contestants will get their hands on the Fort’s fabled riches this season.”
Lucas Green, Global Head of Content Operations at Banijay says: “The Fort Boyard production hub offers a unique setting unlike anything else in the world coupled with the security of an established location. Capturing audiences worldwide, the family entertainment format continues to be extremely active across Banijay’s global footprint.”
Often credited as a pioneer of fear and adventure gameshows, Fort Boyard was originally created by Jacques Antoine and Adventure Line Productions in 1990. The format has since been adapted in over 30 territories, all of which film in the exclusive location.
A continued ratings success, the 32nd season in France, which aired this summer, increased its slot average by +45%. Having just aired its first episode, Russia’s second series launch doubled the previous series numbers taking the broadcaster to number one in primetime. In recent years, there has also been a surge in territories reviving the hit format with Mastiff Denmark’s 2020 reboot becoming the best premiere for TV3 in five years, topping the channel average in every key demo.