Damon, Affleck making mobile competition series

Formats-logo-460_2Matt Damon and Ben Affleck are making The Runner, a competition series for mobile platforms in which contestants attempt to traverse the United States unnoticed.

The Hollywood stars are teaming with Craig Piligian’s Pilgrim Media and Project Greenlight prodco Adaptive Studios and the project will launch on Verizon’s mobile platform go90.

In the show a contestant has 30 days to cross the US remaining unnoticed as experts and the public try to locate them. If they succeed they win a million dollars, and a cash prize is also available for the teams of ‘chasers’

Casting is underway and the show will launch this summer. Affleck and Damon will executive produce through their prodco Pearl Street Films.


Craig Piligian 1Piligian, who recently sold a stake in his prodco to Lionsgate, said: ” The Runner integrates real high-stakes competition, live elements, a need for speed, and the ability to fight and persevere. It’s incredibly exciting to produce something this complex, and we’re thrilled to be in business with Matt and Ben, Adaptive, and our partners at go90 to do it.”




“We’ve been busy bringing a lot of original content to go90, but to deliver on an original with this level of interactivity for users excites us,” said Shawn Strickland, Head of Product Innovation at Verizon. “Go90 is inherently social and producing content that supports those elements of the platform creates a pairing for something unique.”

For Damon and Affleck, The Runner, comes soon after the announcement of Incorporated, a show Pearl Street is making for US cable net Syfy.



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