MIPTV ’14: Fox picks up “Boom!” for U.S.
U.S. broadcaster Fox has acquired Keshet’s game show format Boom! (pictured) for the United States.
The news comes a day after the format was picked up by French net TF1. The game show challenges a squad of four players to defuse eight replica bombs by answering questions correctly within a strict time limit.
“Boom! is a perfect blend of family entertainment and Fox attitude,” said Simon Andreae, Fox’s exec VP of alternative entertainment. “Never has a ticking clock been so ingeniously placed at the center of a game, and never has a game more inventively borrowed from the language of a thriller. It’s as if Jack Bauer made brain love with Jeff Foxworthy.”
The news comes after Israeli producer-distributor Keshet announced that it was teaming up with Dick Clark Productions’ parent company DC Media to bring the format to the United States.
Alon Shtruzman, CEO of Keshet International, said: “We have no doubts that Boom!‘s fresh take on the traditional game show will blow American audiences away with laughs and thrills, and we couldn’t be happier to have secured such an esteemed broadcast partner as Fox only days after announcing our plans for the show in the U.S. market.”
Allen Shapiro, CEO of Dick Clark Productions, added: “Boom! represents a continuation of original, provocative and unique content coming out of the Keshet DCP venture. Fox is the perfect home for it.”
The format was created by Keshet, Ido Rozenblum and July August Productions.