News / 'Faces' to debut in Finland

2011-09-06 13:00:00 - Paris

'Faces' to debut in Finland

Paris, 06 September, 2011 – Solar Television, a Banijay Group company, has been commissioned by Nelonen Finland to produce 14 x 60’ episodes of its innovative game show concept Faces to air on the channel from Q1 2012. The series order follows the launch of a Group-funded pilot at MIPTV ‘11.

Petteri Ahoma, CEO Solar Television said “We are very pleased with Nelonen’s decision to be the first broadcaster to commission Faces. We can’t wait to see the results for this truly addictive new format here in Finland and expect them to translate positively to international buyers.”

Kristiina Werner-Autio, Senior Vice President for TV at Nelonen Media, said: “The decision whether to commission a full series of Faces was an easy one to make!  With its quick, easy-to-follow game play, modern feel and connections to pop culture, Faces ticks all the boxes for successful entertainment for the whole family. The show also presents a new opportunity for interactivity to our viewers, which in turn puts the program in a whole new level of game shows. We’re excited to work with Solar Television on the first production of this great new format.”

Francois de Brugada, Executive Vice President, Banijay Group said, “We have believed in the potential of Faces from the outset which is why we threw our weight behind it. Here at Banijay we pride ourselves on championing the creative ideas of our member companies as well as third parties. This commission represents a very rewarding achievement for Faces both for Solar Television and the wider Group. ”

Faces is an exciting celebrity quiz show format which features questions and answers based solely on famous faces. In front of a live studio audience, surrounded by screens, contestants battle for the cash prize using their power of recall, facial recognition, and sheer ruthlessness. Can they choose the correct baby picture of a celebrity? Order the images of a star’s ex-girlfriends chronologically against the clock? Strategically manoeuvre their way into the lead? And when they choose their opponents from the audience based only on their faces, will their instincts prove correct? Faces is fast-paced and media-savvy, tapping into our fascination with celebrity culture, the power of first impressions, and challenging the claim of anyone who “never forgets a face”!

Faces is distributed by Banijay International and will be available to international buyers at the Banijay tented arena this MIPCOM 3 – 6 October 2011.