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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.”

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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