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ESNA, Smac Entertainment team on American adaptation of “The Money Drop”

Endemol Shine North America is working with Michael Strahan’s Smac Entertainment on a U.S. version of the global game show The Money Drop. Originally titled The Million Pound Drop Live, The ...
January 22, 2019

Endemol Shine North America is working with Michael Strahan’s Smac Entertainment on a U.S. version of the global game show The Money Drop.

Originally titled The Million Pound Drop Live, The Money Drop was created by Endemol Shine UK’s Remarkable Television, and has been locally produced in 54 global territories, including the five-day-a-week UK version currently in its second season on Channel 4 as The £100K Money Drop.

The series sees contestants given cash at the start of the show, and from there they have to hold onto it as they answer eight make-or-break trivia questions while their money risks falling through trap doors.

The U.S. version will be executive produced by Strahan, NFL Hall of Famer and co-host of Good Morning America.

Endemol Shine North America and SMAC are currently exploring potential primetime and daytime opportunities for the program.

“We are thrilled to partner with Michael and the team at Smac Entertainment to develop an all-new version of The Money Drop for an American audience,” said Michael Weinberg, EVP of syndication at Endemol Shine North America, in a statement. “This is a format that has worked successfully all over the world and the game concept itself is a lot of fun and engaging.”

“I was in London the first time I saw Money Drop and I immediately knew we had to help bring it back to the U.S.,” added Strahan. “On behalf of myself, Constance Schwartz-Morini and the rest of the team at Smac, we’re excited to take Money Drop to market with the amazing team at Endemol Shine and make it Smac’s third game show next to The $100,000 Pyramid and The Joker’s Wild.”

In other news, Endemol Shine is strengthening its relationship with Mexican media company Televisa, dating back to 2002, through a new content development agreement.

The agreement will focus on developing and co-producing original series for the Mexican market, the Hispanic market in the U.S., and the rest of the world, in coordination with Endemol Shine Boomdog, a new studio in Mexico City.

The first co-production born out of the deal will be Hijos del Tigre, followed by the co-production of ongoing series Me caigo de risa (Anything Goes), whose third season was aired by Televisa in Mexico.

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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