Inspired by Spartan Race - the creators of the world's most demanding obstacle course races - Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge raises the bar on team competitions.
Groups of friends, families, co-workers and more must work together as they race across specially designed Spartan courses engineered to test their determination, endurance, and will. Teams of five will compete on one of the most demanding courses ever devised and will have to push through the pain to win $250,000.
The hosts include decorated U.S. Winter Olympian Apolo Ohno and ESPN radio personality Kelvin Washington. NBC and Telemundo sports reporter MJ Acosta and World Series champ Nick Swisher serve as course reporters.
In each episode, six teams of four athletes will compete alongside the support of a team captain. No team can get through the course and reach the finish line without working together. From rope-burning climbs to crawls through cold, wet mud, the competition culminates with some of the most backbreaking obstacles ever built. Along the course, teams will encounter the relentless tire swing and the dreaded slip wall, plus the debut of rigorous new obstacles that have never been seen before in any competition.
Since launching in 2000, A. Smith & Co. Productions has become one of the largest production companies in North America, creating over 4,500 hours of programming with budgets totalling well over a billion dollars.
A. Smith & Co. has produced over 180 television shows for 50 networks and is well known for its high production standards across numerous genres. Outside its success in the domestic content marketplace, A. Smith & Co. has been very successful in exporting its programming internationally, with formats sold to well over 120 territories. In 2011, A. Smith & Co. joined forces with the Tinopolis Group to create a transatlantic television powerhouse.
The vast line-up of A. Smith & Co. programming includes some of the most innovative, well known, and highly rated series in the reality, documentary, and non-fiction spaces. The company is not only responsible for kicking off the reality food competition genre in the United States with Hell’s Kitchen (FOX) now in its 18th season, but is known for its diverse slate of programming – which includes five-time Emmy-nominated American Ninja Warrior (NBC); the groundbreaking home makeover series Trading Spaces (TLC), innovative sports series Pros vs. Joes (Spike), Kitchen Nightmares (FOX) and the award-winning documentary series American Gangster (BET) and Unsung (TV One).
A leader of the reality craze since its inception, A. Smith & Co. also created the landmark relationship show Paradise Hotel (Fox); captured the nation’s attention with the wildly popular makeover series The Swan (Fox), and created and produced the award-winning I Survived a Japanese Game Show (ABC) as well as innovative sports franchises, The Dunk King (TNT) and Sports Science (ESPN)
A Smith and Co. recently announced a number of new additions to its current slate which include The Titan Games with Dwayne Johnson (NBC), Mental Samurai with Rob Lowe (FOX), American Ninja Warrior Junior (Universal Kids), and Death By Magic (Netflix).