The recommission of Talpa Studios’ popular adventure game show Hunting Season demonstrates the sustained enthusiasm of the Lithuanian audience for this exciting cat-and-mouse game. Lithuanian OTT Platform Telia PLAY has acquired the rights for a third season of the show. This third season will be locally produced by Elitaz group in Lithuania. The show is set to air in 2024.
Vitalija Kibilide, Head of TV Business at Telia PLAY: “Following the success of seasons one and two, we anticipate a triumphant season three for Hunting Season. This show played a crucial role in Telia PLAY’s standalone OTT solution launch. The impressive engagement from the first two seasons motivated us to continue. We’re thankful for Elitaz’s exceptional efforts, crafting unexpected twists in the third season that will captivate our audience.”
Gediminas Jaunius, founder of Elitaz, adds: “My team has become deeply engrossed in this format, despite the numerous challenges it presents. These challenges affect not only the participants of the hunting game but also the crew members who need to work diligently during the chase. We’ve observed Lithuania’s strong affection for Hunting Season, with many individuals enthusiastically assisting well-known fugitives. With an intriguing cast of surprising hunters and the addition of new celebrities, the third season promises to be even more captivating and appealing.”
Sebastian van Barneveld, Director of International Distribution at Talpa Studios, adds: “We are thrilled to see that this fast-paced hunt has already captured so many hearts. It’s great to witness the continued success of Hunting Season, which has already made its mark in five international markets following its achievements in the Netherlands.”
About the show
Hunting Season is based on the most successful and most awarded YouTube series in the country. In each episode, a duo of celebrities must flee from a team of three prison guards. These guards have one goal: to catch the fugitives within four hours. The fugitives get a 20-minute head start and have to wear a transmitter that sends a GPS coordinate to the hunters, every 10 minutes. They have been given the opportunity to arrange an escape vehicle from prison and one means of transportation for the road. While the hunting team is provided with various tools to track the fugitives from their spy-van, the fugitives have nothing: no phone and no cash. On top of that, blending in is not so easy in a beautiful bright-orange prisoner jumpsuit… The hunted fugitives may not remain in the same vehicle for more than 20 minutes at a time and can only enter public buildings, such as a train station or parking garage. The fugitives win the game if they manage to stay out of the Hunters’ reach for exactly four hours. However, if the guards catch them before the time is up… it’s game over.