Multi-platform media company Shout! Factory has acquired the worldwide TV format and ancillary rights to the classic game show Starcade from California-based prodco JM Production Company (JMPC).
Originally created by James Caruso and Mavis E. Arthur of JMPC in 1982, the video arcade game show (pictured) featured gamers in a head-to-head competition playing in front of a live studio audience with the chance to win cash prizes. The series was initially acquired by Turner and aired on cable network WTBS, broadcasting over three seasons and 130 episodes. Alex Trebek served as one of the first pilot hosts.
Under the agreement, Shout! has been provided with the rights to develop a revamped series, as well as additional projects for the global marketplace. The projects will be exec produced by Shout! alongside JM.
The rebooted series is expected to feature some of today’s leading celebrities, pro gamers and e-sports stars competing head-to-head in order to determine the top player on the planet.
The deal was negotiated by Shout’s Jeremy Whitham and James Caruso, the creator and executive producer of the original Starcade.
“As we continue to actively expand our reach into production and development for new series, movies, unscripted shows and specials, this deal exemplifies the type of content we plan to pursue which taps into the interests and passions of our company’s loyal fanbase,” said Shout! Factory founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos, in a statement.