The social side is so important
d e The stresses and physical ysical demands of Survivorr hold no great fears for 2017 contestant and two-time Olympian Nicola “Ziggy”ggy” Zagame, right. challenge, were actually better than the original. The Aussie ‘mateship’ is a local quality that is unique to our production. Do you stand by your mates or sacrifice them for $500k?” Ten head of entertainment and factual programming Stephen Tate says Australian Survivor is well supported by the UK’s Castaway Television — which owns the format and overseesovers global production, includin including the CBSproduced US series — but also allowed them to localiseloc content.
“Both Castaway and CBS have been hugely supportive and influential in shaping the Australian series but they have also encouraged us to create a series specifically for the Australian audience,” Tate says. To this end, many of the challenges are borrowed from the US, but some are uniquely Australian, such as one in the coming season that features elements of AFL.
Two-time water polo Olympian Nicola “Ziggy” Zagame, binge-watched the last Australian season and a few from the US after she applied and quickly realised success would be about a lot more than being strong in physical challenges.
“I realised the social side of the game is so important and I’m a really social person,” she says. “I work really well in a team, but I can also be competitive with those close to me. In water polo there were 30 squad members but only 13 were chosen for a spot in the team. I can separate friendship from competition if I have to, which will help.”