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High Noon to turn “Ruzzle” iPhone game into TV format

U.S. prodco High Noon Entertainment has secured global rights to a series of mobile games from Swedish game developer MAG Interactive, which it will develop into a format for American broadcast and cable networks.
May 28, 2014

U.S. prodco High Noon Entertainment has secured global rights to a series of mobile games from Swedish game developer MAG Interactive, which it will develop into a format for American broadcast and cable networks.

The acquisition marks High Noon’s push into the game format space, which kicked off last month when the prodco entered a first-look partnership with game show-focused producer Michael Dietz.

The Ruzzle and Ruzzle Adventure game series – currently available on iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Kindle and Blackberry – givesĀ each player two minutes to find as many words as possible from a given set of letters. High Noon will expand on the concept for the planned format.

Executive producers include Jim Berger and Patrick Jager for High Noon, Johan Persson for MAG Interactive, and mobile gaming expert Peter Levin.

“Ruzzle has all the perfect elements of a game format: the rules are simple, anyone can play and there’s a ticking clock,” said Jim Berger, High Noon CEO, in a statement. “Combine that with high stakes, and we know the excitement and intensity of the game will translate seamlessly to TV.”

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Managing editor with realscreen publication, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Darah is an award-winning journalist who has spent over two decades covering a wide range of issues from real estate and urban development to immigration, politics and human rights, primarily with The Vancouver Sun. Prior to joining realscreen, she was editor of Stream Daily, realscreen's sister publication covering the dynamic global digital video industry. She also served a stint as a war reporter in Afghanistan for television and print, and was a national business blogger with Yahoo Canada.

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