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Endemol inks “Pointless” deals

Endemol Shine UK-created series Pointless (pictured), a game show in which contestants win by scoring the fewest points, is to make its debut in the Netherlands and return to France after a four-year hiatus.
July 3, 2015

The Endemol Shine UK-created series Pointless, a game show in which contestants win by scoring the fewest points, is to make its debut in the Netherlands and return to France after a four-year hiatus.

The series pits four pairs of contestants against one another in an attempt to score the fewest points by finding the least popular and most obscure answers selected from a panel of 100 individuals prior to the show.

Dutch pubcaster Avro/Tros has commissioned Endemol Shine Netherlands for a 25-episode order that will be presented by actress Lucille Werner and actor Owen Schumacher. The quiz show is scheduled to air in a daily slot this summer.

Meanwhile, pubcaster France 3 has ordered a local version of the program from Endemol France that will see the Cyril Feraud-hosted quiz show return to the channel for the first time since 2011. It will premiere on the network later this month.

Since the Endemol Shine UK-created show first aired on the BBC in 2009, Pointless has been acquired by nine territories including Germany, France, Poland and Serbia.

Pointless is a much-loved,warm and witty quiz show with simple game play at its heart,” said Lisa Perrin, MD of creative networks at Endemol Shine Group, in a statement. “These new deals in the Netherlands and France, along with continued ratings success in the UK, reinforce the show’s widespread appeal.”

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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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