Banijay today announces it has inked an option deal with leading entertainment company, CJ ENM, for its survival game show format, The Genius Game, across the UK, Denmark, and Norway, with Remarkable Entertainment, Mastiff TV Denmark, and Mastiff TV Norway.
The Genius Game tests players’ intelligence and social savviness. The players are chosen based on their social IQ, charisma, charm, and intelligence to participate in a unique battle of intelligence and manipulation. Players compete in the Main Match and the Death Match, to challenge their analytical reasoning, attention to detail, memory, and loyalty. In order to become the Genius, players must form secret alliances and decide who to trust and who to betray in order to increase their chances of survival.
James Townley, Global Head of Content Development at Banijay says: “The Genius Game is an entertaining, high-stakes, social game which has generated significant international interest. We have experienced and talented creatives in the UK, Denmark, and Norway who are ready to bring this psychological social experiment to audiences.”
“We are overjoyed to create opportunities for The Genius Game to be produced in different versions of the show. With the elements of a hit show, including problem solving skills, social skills and the betrayal element, it is a show that can entertain viewers from all territories. As a multi-season mega-hit show in Korea, bolstering our IP in a local format will bring so much fun and thrill to its viewers as well,” says Diane Min, Head of Format Sales at CJ ENM.
Meanwhile, the Netherlands adapted version of the show The Genius: The Netherlands premiered on October 3rd.