Just days after it was taken out on the global marketplace, the Israeli game show format Boom! has landed a sale in the U.S. Fox has given a series order to the explosive project, developed for the U.S. by Keshet DCP, the joint venture between Keshet International, the global distribution and production arm of Keshet Media Group (Homeland), and DC Media, the parent company of dick clark prods. (Golden Globes)
On the show, a squad of four players try to defuse eight replica bombs by answering trivia questions correctly within a strict time limit. The multiple choice responses are represented by different-colored wires. If the nominated player “defuses the bomb” by getting an answer right, the prize money builds and the contestant moves to the next device. Fox doesn’t say what happens if the player cuts the wrong wire or runs out of time, but in the original format, the bomb explodes spewing material across the studio and shaking the set. The team loses one player per exploded bomb and 25% of the potential prize money. Fox’s EVP Alternative Simon Andreae called Boom! “a perfect blend of family entertainment and Fox attitude.” “It’s as if Jack Bauer made brain love with Jeff Foxworthy.” Expected to be a hot commodity at the Mip-TV market, which kicks off today, Boom! just landed its first international sale to France’s TF1 following strong premiere ratings in Israel where it became the highest-rated game show launch ever with a 41.2% share and 26.7 household rating for Keshet Broadcasting’s Channel 2.
Fox and ABC have been aggressive buyers under new reality chiefs Andreae and Lisa Berger, respectively. Fox also handed out a straight-to-series order to society-building Utopia, based on a format by John de Mol. Boom! is the second format sale for DCP. The first one was interactive singing competition Rising Star, a hot format at Mipcom last fall, which was snatched by ABC with a series order for a summer launch.