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Germany’s Das Erste orders RTE quiz show “Play It By Year”

Irish pubcaster RTÉ Programme has licensed the format of quiz show Play It By Year to German broadcaster, Das Erste. The initial order, which was brokered by RTÉ sales executive Laura Stearn, will see 10 pilot episodes ...
March 22, 2017

Irish pubcaster RTÉ Programme has licensed the format of quiz show Play It By Year to German broadcaster, Das Erste.

The initial order, which was brokered by RTÉ sales executive Laura Stearn, will see 10 pilot episodes of the family quiz show be produced by Constantin Entertainment. The German version, to be named So War’s! Das Quiz Der Jahrzehnte, is scheduled to air this summer on Das Erste, which is part of the ARD network of public channels.

Play It By Year was created by award-winning Irish producer Adare Productions in conjunction with RTÉ. It was originally commissioned by Eddie Doyle, head of comedy, talent development and music at the Irish public broadcaster, and premiered in December 2015.

The show sees three teams go head-to-head in a time-travelling test of memory, teamwork and general knowledge, answering questions based on entertaining archive footage.

“We couldn’t have hoped for a better start to Play It By Year’s international career than a format deal with a major broadcaster in Germany, Europe’s biggest and most competitive TV market,” said Doyle in a statement. “

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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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