French prod co Mistral sells “Biggest Game Show in the World” to CCTV

25 May 2011 22 h 24 min 184 comments

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The major Chinese broadcaster has picked up “The Biggest Game Show in the World”, a revamped version of French prodco Mistral’s format Intercities.

The show has been acquired by China’s CCTV as well as Russia’s Channel One, Ukraine’s ICTV and Belarus’s Canal ONT. Beside these countries, the competition will also include teams from France, the UK, the Czech Republic and Armenia. The “Biggest Game Show in the World” features teams of 15 contestants from eight countries competing in outrageous games. One contestant is eliminated in each episode, so that only eight remain in the end. The show will air in each participating territory allowing local viewers to support their country and watch their teams compete in the “over-the-top” games.

Production of the 13-episode series starts on May 25  and will last for two weeks.

“We are very proud to have succeeded in putting The Biggest Game Show in the World together and with so many participating countries,” said Yves Launoy, co-president of Mistral Production. “We have found a recipe to integrate everyone onto one set, including smaller territories that usually can’t afford this type of grand show, and yet still keep each show personalized so that every individual country will be able to watch their team compete throughout the tournament.”

The game format Intercities was created almost 50 years ago in France, and has been successfully launched seven years ago on the international market. “The growing number of participating countries allows us to propose the show to some countries which would not be able to afford it otherwise,” Mistral co-President Yves Launoy commented.

2nd experience in China

Mistral already developed an international version of 49-year-old format Intercities (aka Interville in France and It’s a Knockout in the UK) seven years ago. The format has been successfully aired on CCTV since then. Each episode of Intercities broadcast gathers more than 80 million viewers, according to Mistral.

The Biggest Game Show in the World Asia will begin production this June and The Biggest Game Show in the World: South America is in preparation.

SOURCES: tbivision.com, C21 Media, realscreen.com, rapidtvnews.com (25/05/2011)

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