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Sales roundup: Discovery acquires GRB content; “5 Gold Rings” travels to Thailand

Avros Tros commissions Lineup Industries for local version of Switch Dutch broadcaster Avro Tros has commissioned Belgian indie distribution company Lineup Industries for a local version of the game show format ...
January 23, 2018

Avros Tros commissions Lineup Industries for local version of Switch

Dutch broadcaster Avro Tros has commissioned Belgian indie distribution company Lineup Industries for a local version of the game show format Switch.

The series will be produced by Tuvalu Media and will air on the broadcaster’s channel NPO3, beginning Jan. 29.

Produced by Panenka, Switch (30 x 30) is a quiz show with no points. The contestants stand side by side, their position in line is determined by their answers.

Only by solving word puzzles and trivia questions can contestants switch places. The goal is to be in first place before the final. If the contestant wins the final, they are given €1,000 ($US1,300). If they lose, the money rolls over until it’s won. The same five contestants return throughout the week, and if a contestant wins all five days, their prize fund is doubled.

The Dutch commission follows the news that in Belgium, the show has been commissioned for a third season on Flemish broadcaster VRT.

Discovery picks up GRB Entertainment content

Discovery has picked up U.S.- based producer and distributor GRB Entertainment’s Auction Kings and Untold Stories of the E.R.

For its Spanish and Andorra channels, Discovery has picked up all 12 seasons of Untold Stories of the E.R, as well as 12 different themed specials. They also renewed all three seasons of Auction Kings (pictured).

Italy Discovery picked up the newest installment in the Untold collection, season 12, and took season six for the UK.

Discovery renewed Auction Kings for the French territory, which includes France, Luxembourg, and Africa, among others.

Zense Entertainment brings Talpa’s 5 Gold Rings and Human Knowledge to Thailand

Zense Entertainment is bringing Dutch media co Talpa’s format 5 Gold Rings and Human Knowledge to Thailand.

Thailand is the first country in Asia to adapt these formats. Thailand will follow in the footsteps of the Netherlands, UK, France, Israel and Greece, who have also picked up 5 Gold Rings, a game show where players place rings on the correct answer on the interactive LED floor. The rings become smaller throughout the game, upping the challenge as the questions get harder.

Introduced at MIP in October 2017, the studio entertainment show Human Knowledge features celebrities as they test their knowledge of regular people and children by predicting their behavior in a variety of situations.

Both formats will be broadcasted on Thailand’s BBTV channel 7 and PPTV later in 2018.

Celestial Tiger Entertainment inks carriage deals with Asian broadcasters

Pas-Asian channel operator Celestial Tiger Entertainment has inked three carriage deals across Laos, Cambodia and Indonesia.

The deal includes the CTE channels Celestial Movies (CM), a 24-hour first-run Chinese movie channel; Celestial Classic Movies (CCM), featuring classic Chinese movie channel; the action-focused KIX; and Thrill, Asia’s only regional horror, thriller and suspense movie channel.

Indonesia’s First Media, a cable-pay TV provider, acquired Celestial Movies and KIX.

In Laos, LaoSAT now carries KIX and Thrill. This marks the first time CTE is entering the Laos market.

And in Cambodia, cable provider PPCTV has signed a deal for KIX. PPCTV currently carries CCM.

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