A+E Networks Global Content Sales has sold its global hit format "Alone" to leading broadcaster SBS in Australia. The survival competition series has been a critical and ratings success for eight seasons on The HISTORY Channel in the US.
“The success of 'Alone' across different languages, cultures, and territories is a testament to the global resonance of this powerful format. Australia, with its beautiful, rugged and diverse geography, has a long history of incredibly unique and adept wilderness survival experts who will undoubtedly bring another level of authenticity, richness, and colorful real-life drama to the screen, and we could not think of a better location to produce a local version of 'Alone'. We could also not be more thrilled to see it come to fruition with our great partners at SBS,” said Glen Hansen, SVP of Content Sales Asia-Pacific at A+E Networks International.
"Alone Australia" will see ten Australian survivalists dropped into the Australian wilderness, where they’ll be challenged by the merciless forces of nature and hunger, and perhaps the toughest challenge of all: isolation.
“SBS is thrilled to secure the exclusive rights to commission an Australian version of world-wide sensation 'Alone',” said SBS Acting Director of Television and Online Content Chris Irvine. “We are the industry leaders in original documentaries that celebrate the diversity of Australia and our audience is insatiably curious about the world around them – people, culture and nature. The hit series is the most successful factual franchise in the history of SBS On Demand and we know Australians will be eager to see how ten of our own survivalists fight to survive the Australian wilderness in 'Alone Australia'.”
This series will be the fourth international version of the format and will be produced by ITV Studios Australia. In addition to its long-running success in the United States, Alone’s Danish iteration, "Alene I Vildmarken", has enjoyed five successful seasons to date, with the latest premiering as number one in its time slot in 2021, and a sixth season premiering in 2022. Norway premiered its version of the format, "Alene", in 2017, while the Swedish version, "Ensam I Vildmarken", debuted on Discovery+ Sweden in 2021.
"We are so excited to be tasked with capturing this intensely raw documentary series on behalf of SBS. Never attempted before on Australian television, 'Alone' encapsulates all of human nature's primal instincts of survival. There are no gimmicks, no crew, just complete wilderness and their fight to survive, alone. For the contestants, it will be their toughest challenge ever,” said CEO & Managing Director, David Mott, ITV Studios Australia.