Greece’s Epsilon TV licenses the first season of Who’s Asking?
Greece’s Epsilon TV has commissioned a local adaptation of the studio-based interactive game show Who’s Asking?
Initially developed by United Studios of Israel and distributed by Tel Aviv-based Armoza Formats, the order of 100 episodes will be hosted by actress Katerina Zarifi.
Who’s Asking? (30-60 minutes) (pictured) features two pairs of contestants who must select an “asker” from the faces on the screen in front of them. In the first round, they will pick an “asker” for themselves, while in the second round they will pick for their competitors, and in the third and final round the finalist will face a pyramid of “celebrity askers.”
Who’s Asking? is slated to air in Hungary later this year.
Aito Media taps Tomi Suomela
Finland’s Aito Media Group has tapped Tomi Suomela as director of entertainment and formats.
In his new role, Suomela will be responsible for entertainment production, product development and sales.
Suomela previously worked at the Finnish commercial television company MTV Ltd, working with television entertainment. While there, he was tasked with program development and acquiring television formats.
Aito Media Group was formed in 2003 and specializes in unscripted programming, entertainment formats and scripted series. France’s Lagardère Studios acquired the company in 2017.
Portugal’s RTP picks up the Global Agency’s Joker
Independent distributor Global Agency’s quiz show, Joker, will launch on Portuguese pubcaster RTP in September of this year.
Produced by Valentim de Carvalho with an order for 200 episodes, the show will be hosted by Vasco Palmeirim, a popular TV presenter in the region.
Joker has already been sold to Poland’s Polsat network where it has already been licensed for a second season. In France, the quiz show is produced by Herve Hubert and is broadcast on France 2. The show has already aired for three seasons and more than 250 episodes. The format has also aired on Turkey’s national public broadcaster, TRT, with more than 100 episodes.
Pernel Media takes on Monumental Revelations for RMC Découverte
French digital terrestrial channel RMC Découverte has ordered an engineering-focused series from Paris-based indie Pernel Media.
Monumental Revelations (4 x 60 minutes) will reveal the secrets behind such ancients marvels as the Great Wall of China, Jordan’s Petra, the Incan citadel of Macchu Pichu and the French island commune of Le Mont Saint-Michel.
Each episode examines the history and secrets of the landmarks by observing them from differing perspectives of scale. Utilizing satellite images from space and aerial views, as well as exploring macro and micro levels, each perspective will reveal data that helps shed new light on these historic constructions.
Pernel Media previously produced the documentaries Lourdes: Miracle Secrets and The Mystery of the Holy Lance for RMC Découverte. Pernel Media also produces Wheeler Dealers France for the channel.
Pernel Media retains global rights on the programs and is currently in discussions with distribution partners.