Endemol announced on February 24 that it has closed a lineup of new deals for its international game show formats in Central and Eastern Europe.
Broadcasters in Poland, Macedonia and Serbia have snapped up first series of U.K. originated hit Pointless from Endemol.
Endemol Poland has been commissioned by TVP2 to produce 26 episodes of the quiz, which puts obscure knowledge to the test. The series will launch in access prime time on the channel at the end of the month.
In Serbia PRVA has ordered a 24-part run of the show, whilst in Macedonia Sitel has commissioned 30 episodes. These deals follow the format’s success in Croatia where a second series of 129 episodes recently debuted on RTL Televizija, pulling in 13.3% above the channel average in its first week.
Next One from Endemol Italy, the quiz where contestants queue up on stage to take part in a high-speed game of knowledge, has been renewed for further series in Hungary and Albania. MTVA in Hungary has commissioned a second season of 95 episodes, which is due to air this month. In Albania a third series of 15 episodes has been ordered by Top Channel.
In Bulgaria, the first series of Next One on TV7 has been so successful the channel extended the initial 15 episode weekly run with 132 daily episodes, which is currently on air.
Global blockbuster The Money Drop is returning to Turkey on new broadcaster Kanal D. The channel has ordered a prime time series from Endemol, which is set to launch in March this year. The nail biting game show is also returning for a seventh season in Poland on TVP2 and Russia on Rossiya.
Marina Williams, CEO of Central and Eastern Europe and MENA Regions commented: “Endemol’s game show formats consistently deliver great ratings in Central and Eastern Europe. As we head to Discop in Istanbul, we are extremely pleased to close new deals, which will see these international hits airing in eight key markets across the region.”