Formats

“Wheel of Fortune,” “Jeopardy” head to Germany

Distributor Sony Pictures Television has sold the game show formats to commercial television operator RTL to air on new network RTL Plus.
May 19, 2016

American game show staples Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy are returning to German television after a 10-year hiatus.

Distributor Sony Pictures Television (SPT) has sold the formats to commercial television operator RTL to air on new channel RTL Plus, which launches June 1.

The network has ordered 60 episodes of each show. Both are scheduled to begin production over the summer and are to air in the fall.

SPT will produce both programs. The formats are licensed by CBS Studios International.

“We absolutely love game shows and believe Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy fill a huge gap in the current market, and appeal to both those who fondly recall the original runs as well as viewers who’ve never seen the shows,” Astrid Quentell, SPT Germany MD, said in a statement.

Quentell will exec produce both shows alongside Henning Pelkmann.

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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