Unscripted

Burnett’s “500 Questions” heads to Germany

German broadcaster RTL has commissioned the first international production of the Mark Burnett-produced game show format 500 Questions. (Pictured: Mark Burnett)
September 28, 2015

Germany’s RTL has commissioned the first international production of the Mark Burnett-produced game show format 500 Questions.

The show, which premiered on U.S. broadcaster ABC in May, sees contestants deemed to be the “smartest people in the country” compete to answer 500 difficult general knowledge questions. If any of the participants answers three questions in a row incorrectly, they are eliminated. The program was created by Mike Darnell, president of Warner Bros.’ unscripted and alternative television.

Warner Bros. International Television Production Germany is producing the prime-time series for RTL, while Alies Glees (Test the Nation, Dancing With the Stars) will exec produce.

500 Questions is distributed globally by Warner Bros. Worldwide Television Distribution, with format sales handled by Warner Bros. International Television Production. The format received an international preview at MIPTV in April.

(Photo of Mark Burnett at Realscreen West 2015 by Rahoul Ghose.)

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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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