As the Mip-TV market gets underway in Cannes, Keshet International has announced its first offshore rights deal for ticking time bomb show, Boom!. France’s TF1 has acquired the format that just debuted in Israel to powerhouse ratings and is expected to be a big seller here this week. The game show sets a squad of four players the challenge of defusing eight replica bombs by answering trivia questions correctly within a strict time limit. The multiple choice responses are represented by different color wires. If the player gets an answer right, the prize money remains intact and the squad advances. If they cut the wrong wire, or run out of time, 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. Keshet DCP is developing the show for the U.S.
London-based Zig Zag Productions is teaming with Tel Aviv cross media company Screenz for primetime interactive format, Sofa King Clever. The general knowledge quiz show is set in a studio where participants are joined by a group of contestants playing in real time from their living rooms and visible on a video wall. (This is familiar territory for Screenz which is also the tech partner on Keshet Internataional’s Rising Star.) The studio players race against time as they determine who at home has the right answers. Sofa King Clever’s technology is one of a suite of services featured on Screenz’ Real Time Platform, a cloud based software system that supports millions of concurrent users. Zig Zag’s game show credits include Relentless, Split/ Second and Time Out.
FremantleMedia has pacted with Ashton Kutcher and Jason Goldberg’s Katalyst Network to acquire international rights (excluding North America) to Punk’d. The MTV hidden-camera show features pranks being played on unwitting celebrities and friends. Created by Kutcher in 2003, previous victims have included Justin Timberlake, Jessica Alba, Kate Beckinsale, Katie Holmes and Zac Efron. Vasha Wallace, SVP Global Acquisitions and Development at FremantleMedia says the timing is “perfect” to launch the Punk’d format globally. “With all of the advances in cameras and technology, there is a huge amount that we can do with this show.” In other Fremantle news, the group has acquired international rights excluding North America to Who Lives Here? The competition format hails from Canada’s 3Bird Media. The amateur sleuthing series sees five strangers tour one another’s homes together and try to work out who lives where. The only information they have at their disposal are their first impressions and their knowledge of each other’s professions. The participant with the most correct home-to-homeowner matches wins a cash prize. Ten episodes of Who Lives Here? are currently being produced for HGTV Network in the U.S. and W Network in Canada. The series will premiere in April 2014 in North America.
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