NBC Orders ‘Spartan Race’ Competition Series From ‘American Ninja Warrior’ Producer

NBC Orders ‘Spartan Race’ Competition Series From ‘American Ninja Warrior’ Producer

NBC is teaming up with Spartan Race and A. Smith & Co Prods, producers of the network’s summer hit American Ninja Warrior, on new competition series Spartan Race (working title).

Described as the ultimate in team competition, Spartan Race (wt) features friends, families and co-workers working together and pushing each other to their mental and physical limits as they race across specially designed Spartan courses engineered to test their determination, endurance, and will. Teams of five — comprised of two men, two women, and an elite Spartan athlete — will battle over mud, water, and fire for a chance to win a large cash prize. Casting is currently underway.

“This will be the definitive team competition,”… “an action-oriented show aimed at families”, executive producer Arthur Smith told Deadline. We’re currently working on building the quintessential course, with an emphasis on team building. You will only be successful if your entire team is successful.” Smith said details are still being worked out, but “the show and the course is unlike anything that’s been done before.”

Spartan Race is the world’s leading obstacle race company with more than 1 million global participants and more than 120 events in 20+ countries. A. Smith & Co’s Kent Weed will exec produce with Smith, along with Anthony Storm.

American Ninja Warrior, a strong summer ratings performer for NBC, was recently renewed for a fifth season.