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Discussion: Eco-Challenge

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Jun 7, 2018 7:34 PM # 
Bash:
It might be coming back!
https://variety.com/2018/tv/news/bear-grylls-mark-...
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Jun 7, 2018 7:49 PM # 
Bash:
They've got info on their website. You can sign up to receive an application. They're thinking the race will be in late 2019.
https://www.ecochallenge.com/
Jun 7, 2018 8:00 PM # 
JayXC:
Interesting timing.
Jun 7, 2018 10:30 PM # 
abiperk:
Curious to hear your thoughts on the interesting-ness, JayXC.
Jun 8, 2018 12:03 AM # 
JayXC:
Either they were clueless as to the potential conflict with PQ and or Worlds or they weren’t and did it on purpose to keep those with experience away.
Jun 8, 2018 12:24 AM # 
abiperk:
I wondered about that, too -- though broots pointed out that it says that they hope to start production in late 2019, but not specifically that the race would take place then. I'll be curious to learn morning as it unfolds.
Jun 8, 2018 3:07 AM # 
Bash:
From another article: "Once a television partner is secured, the project anticipates shooting in late 2019." Clearly, there are still some details to nail down so the timing could change. That said, they will be looking for teams with interesting TV stories to race alongside teams with experience so I doubt they care much about conflicts.
Jun 8, 2018 3:22 PM # 
jbrown:
Glad to see a thread has already started on this topic. Similar to abiperk, I'd assume pre-production, logistical planning (determining transport and access for the video crew), etc. could consume some time. Interested to see when they release the applications to the email list the are gathering.
Jun 8, 2018 8:08 PM # 
StrongMachine:
Sounds legit though!

Burnett and Grylls jointly commented: “Eco-Challenge is not a reality series, it’s a real expedition with a stopwatch. It’s extremely difficult and you will suffer. If you don’t want to suffer, don’t apply.”

Grylls added: “Eco-Challenge is the ultimate global survival-adventure race, against the elements, against the clock, and against some of the greatest extreme athletes the world has ever seen. I am so proud to have partnered with MGM Television and the legendary Mark Burnett to bring this incredible adventure series to the world. This is raw human endeavor at its most powerful.”

Source: http://worldscreen.com/tvusa/mark-burnett-bear-gry...
Jun 9, 2018 10:25 PM # 
legendaryrandy:
I don't think they will take teams. I think they will pick athletes and make teams out of them. They are looking at individuals to apply. Plus think of the drama when 4 people try to be a team. Disclaimer. This thought comes completely fact free.
Jun 10, 2018 12:46 PM # 
silkychrome:
my theory is the same as Randy’s!
Jun 11, 2018 9:50 PM # 
silkychrome:
i wanted to make a list of the networks that Mark/Bear have worked with before:

Mark Burnett:
ESPN - Eco-Challenge 1995
The Discovery Channel - Eco-Challenge 1996-1999
USA Network - Eco-Challenge 2000-2002
FOX - The Casino 2004
NBC/ESPN/Versus/Epix - The Contender 2005
Amne$ia
Pirate Master
The Apprentice
Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?
My Dad Is Better Than Your Dad
Bully Beatdown
ABC - Expedition Impossible 2011
The Bible
Spin Off
A.D. The Bible Continues
MTV - MTV Movie Awards 2007, 2008
ABC and CNBC - Shark Tank (directed an episode in 2018)
Jun 12, 2018 12:45 AM # 
silkychrome:
also:
Survivor season 36, Fiji (Mamanuca Islands), just aired final episode on TV
Survivor 37, filmed in Fiji, will air Fall 2018
Survivor 38, currently filming in Fiji, will air Spring 2019
Survivor 39, probably the last one?!?!?

and if production does actually get started for Eco-Challenge in late 2019, it would probably be somewhere warm-ish.
Sep 30, 2018 6:27 PM # 
silkychrome:
website was updated with TV partner : MGM Television

*edit 5min later* oh wait that is not a new development. oh well. if they are doing something in 2019 i would except some news soonish!
Oct 2, 2018 7:10 PM # 
Robsmith:
Here is the latest via some random website, so it must be true.
https://deadline.com/2018/10/mark-burnett-bear-gry...
Oct 2, 2018 7:50 PM # 
Bash:
That random link was shared in the Eco-Challenge reunion Facebook group by one of the exec producers, Lisa Hennessy, so it’s probably not fake news even though it looks suspect. :)
Oct 3, 2018 3:39 AM # 
Bash:
Sign up to compete or volunteer.
It sounds like they are making up the teams.
https://www.ecochallenge.com/
Oct 8, 2018 9:47 PM # 
Bash:
From Lisa Hennessy on Facebook today:

Hello friends - if you are interested in competing, volunteering or working on the race/TV production please sign up on www.EcoChallenge.com.

We will be sending newsletters out to the community with updated information.

COMPETITOR REGISTRATION WILL OPEN MID TO LATE NOVEMBER SO START FIGURING OUT WHO YOUR TEAMMATES WILL BE FOR THE COMEBACK RACE! IT WILL BE TEAMS OF 4. MIXED GENDER.
MORE INFORMATION TO COME VIA WWW.ECOCHALLENGE.COM.

Race will take place fall of next year. We will start crewing up in the Spring/Summer.
_______________________________

So it sounds like you *can* enter a team even though the current entry form only accepts individuals. Randy says they're hoping to announce their location in mid-November.

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