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Sylvester Stallone to make Netflix global competition, Ultimate Beastmaster

Netflix is jumping into the sports-reality genre, Ultimate Beastmastercommissioning what its billing as the first ever global, on-demand competition series, called Ultimate Beastmaster.

The competition, which takes place on what Netflix says is the most physically demanding obstacle course  – The Beast – ever devised (think Wipeout meets X-Games), is being produced for the streaming service by Sylvester Stallone and Dave Broome. The competition will take place in six markets around the world, with finalists meeting for a global decider, with the ten-episode series  rolled out simultaneously on Netflix’ networks globally.

Top tier competitors and athletes from the U.S., Brazil, South Korea, Mexico, Germany and Japan, will undertake the competition in those territories with local hosts and commentators in their own local language anchoring each countries competition.

The 10-episode event series will feature 108 competitors, 18 from each country, in total. Each hour-long episode will feature 12 competitors, two from each country, who will take their shot at running The Beast. At the end of each episode, a ‘Beastmaster’ will be crowned and in the final episode of the season, the nine individual winners from each episode will compete against each other for the chance for one contestant to become the Ultimate Beastmaster.

For each localized version local celebrity hosts and popular athletes will provide commentary throughout the competition. The hosts for each country include U.S.: Terry Crews (Brooklyn Nine-Nine, The Ridiculous Six) and Charissa Thompson (Extra TV, Fox Sports) in the U.S.; Anderson Silva (UFC Middleweight Champion) and Rafinha Bastos (Comedian, Journalist and TV Personality) in Brazil; Seo Kyung Suk (Actor, Comedian and TV Host) and Park Kyeong Rim (Actress, Comedian and TV Host) for South Korea;  Ines Sainz (Journalist, Sportscaster & TV Host) and Luis Ernesto Franco (Actor and Producer) in Mexico; Germany’s Hans Sarpei (Former Soccer Player, TV Personality) and Luke Mockridge (Comedian) and Sayaka Akimoto (Actress), Yuji Kondo (Sports Anchor) in Japan.

“The invitation to partner with Netflix and mega-producer Dave Broome on this revolutionary concept was an opportunity I couldn’t resist,” Stallone said. “The course is unequaled in its daring creation and I am excited to be a part of it”. Stallone, who is also an exec producer on NBC fitness competition series Strong, will also be featured on the series.

“I’m thrilled and honored to partner with Netflix. Their trailblazing network is the perfect home for this ground-breaking global series,” said creator and executive producer Dave Broome. “I’m excited for viewers to see extraordinary men and women from around the world try and tackle this amazing physical course in the guise of a jaw-dropping modern monster — The Beast.”

“As a global internet TV network, Netflix can uniquely create a compelling event that pits great competitors from six countries against one another, with commentators that audiences from these countries love and then unleash all of the episodes, at once, in multiple languages for our members to enjoy no matter where they are,” said Erik Barmack, Vice President, International Originals. “With Sylvester Stallone and Dave Broome at the helm, it’s going to be outrageously fun.”

Stallone and Broome both serve as executive producers on the series. Ultimate Beastmaster is produced by 25/7 Productions and Dave Broome for Netflix.

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