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Double Agent stars and EPs talk about intense season – Contenders TV – Deadline

“It was one of the most intense seasons we’ve ever created,” said Emer Harkin, executive producer of MTV and Bunim / Murray Productions’ long-running reality TV competition series. The challenge.

Filmed in Frozen Iceland, season 36 of the series, dubbed The challenge: double agents, was inspired by spy thrillers like the James Bond films, Atomic blonde and charlie’s angels.

While presenting the show on Deadline Contenders Television: Documentary + Unscripted Awards Season Event, Harkin was joined by Julie Pizzi, President of Bunim / Murray Productions, as well as cast members and Challenge veterans Leroy Garrett and Aneesa Ferreira.

“We just took creative inspiration from that world, and then we built this immersive environment for our cast in Iceland, which as you can imagine is extremely hostile and windy in the dead of winter,” Harkin said. “So they went wonderfully hand in hand in creating a really stimulating and trying environment for the actors and pushing them to their absolute limits, both mentally and physically. And I think we got there.

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Another difficult task, which many productions had to contend with, was putting on a show in the midst of a global pandemic.

“It’s definitely one of the most difficult things I’ve ever encountered in my career,” Harkin said. “There was no frame when we were planning The challenge: double agents. No one had filmed internationally. No one was filming a show of this magnitude in foreign territory. So every protocol had to change. Every infrastructure that we have put in place and refined over 35 seasons has had to be reviewed and refined. But very, very proud to say that we have been successful in bringing over 25 nationalities of the cast and crew safely to Iceland and keeping everyone Covid safe for the duration.

Check back on Monday for the panel video.

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