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  1. Banijay’s Don’t Forget the Lyrics Returns to Poland

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    Banijay today announces Endemol Shine Poland, a Banijay company, will produce hit format Don’t Forget the Lyrics for TVP2. Previously produced by Mastiff Poland, Endemol Shine Poland will bring the format back after a ten-year hiatus.

    Don’t Forget the Lyrics is a music extravaganza show that challenges contestants to try to fill in missing song lyrics for the chance to win a cash prize. From Aretha Franklin to Harry Styles, the contestants take to the stage and, accompanied by a live band, belt out the tunes. However, can they keep singing when the lyrics stop? The revived Polish version will be hosted by celebrity couple Sławomir and Kajra.

    Ryszard Sibiliski, Managing Director at Endemol Shine Poland says:Don’t Forget the Lyrics is a high-stakes game show that delivers big, bold entertainment and escapism for a wide audience. We’re delighted to have Sławomir and Kajra on board, as they bring such a great energy to the project that audiences will love.”

    Lucas Green, Global Head of Content Operations at Banijay adds:Don’t Forget The Lyrics is the ultimate singing gameshow – with a feelgood atmosphere, a live band and upbeat music, it is primetime entertainment for all ages. With continued success around the globe and strong returns to key markets including the U.S. and Italy, we’re delighted the format has returned to Poland.”

    Originally created by FOX, Don’t Forget the Lyrics has been adapted in over 30 territories. The recently launched reboot in the U.S. was hosted by Emmy nominee, Niecy Nash, and produced by Banijay’s Bunim Murray Productions and Apploff Entertainment. Italy too brought the series back earlier this year with strong ratings. In France, the show has aired continuously since 2007, hitting the milestone of 5000 episodes in 2021.

    Endemol Shine Poland has been producing high-quality multi-genre programming for over 20 years. This includes adapting international brands such as Big Brother, LEGO® Masters, Fort Boyard and The Million Pound Drop for the Polish audience. Its slate also includes premium scripted such as Our Century, The Crack and Netflix’s Squared Love.

  2. CJ ENM and Bunim/Murray Productions Unveil New Large-Scale Physical Game Show, Cash Back

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    Asian TV giant, CJ ENM, and leading U.S. producer, Bunim/Murray Productions (Keeping up with the Kardashians, The Real World), today announce the launch of a new co-produced physical game show, Cash Back. Already commissioned by South Korea’s tvN for two pilot episodes, the original format champions athleticism and fun, while tapping into the world of Moneymojis.

     

    In each episode ofCash Back,top-tier athletes, including Olympic gold medalists and national champions, navigate crazy obstacles to bank as much money as possible. But there is a catch. The money is in the form of Moneymojis – objects of various shapes, sizes and weights that are difficult to move. There is no point in just grabbing the Moneymojis. They must collect them from the obstacle courses and safely bring them to the vault. Combining fitness with brainpower, the game will unfold in a gigantic set, where three teams of Moneymoji Hunters will battle it out each episode. Across three rounds of obstacles, they will be tested on jumping, power and climbing, to reach the final round.

     

    In the local version for tvN, 18 top Korean athletes from seven sports, including MMA, speed skating, basketball, gymnastics, water polo, swimming and Korean wrestling, have joined the cast to hunt for cash.

     

    CJ ENM’s producer Kim In-ha comments:“Because we can live stream popular TV shows from other countries anywhere these days, there seems to be no border when it comes to content. With this trend in mind, we worked with Bunim/Murray Productions to create a show that can be enjoyed globally.”

     

    Gil Goldschein, Chairman, Bunim/Murray Productions comments: Cash Back has all the makings of a top entertainment format – originality, high stake challenges and the novelty factor. Combining fun with athleticism, this is the uplifting show that could be a welcome relief for audiences across the world post Covid-19.”

     

    The show will broadcast for two weeks starting on Sunday, April 19th. Control over international distribution of the format lies with CJ ENM (Asia) and Bunim/Murray Productions (worldwide excluding Asia).

  3. Yellow Bird U.S. Locks Rights for Krystal Sutherland’s A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares

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    Yellow Bird U.S., a Banijay Group company, today confirms it has optioned the rights for A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares, the second title from Krystal Sutherland. The planned TV series adaptation will follow the novel’s humorous and moving story about finding the courage to face our deepest fears.

     

    17-year old Esther Solar believes everyone in her family has been cursed with a Great Fear: a debilitating phobia that will ultimately kill them. Her father is agoraphobic, her mother is obsessed with avoiding bad luck, and her brother is petrified of the dark. As for Esther, she is yet to discover hers, and is determined to try and avoid it by carefully cataloguing every possibility in the eponymous “semi-definitive list”. However, her plan is soon upturned when her childhood crush, Jonah, discovers the list, uncovering her secret and convincing her to tackle each and every fear, including the one she was yet to consider… love.

     

    Krystal Sutherland comments: “I am so thrilled that Esther’s story has found its home at Yellow Bird. From the moment I first spoke with Marianne and the team, I was struck by how deeply they understood the characters and the story. I can’t wait to watch them bring it to life on screen.”

     

    Marianne Gray, Executive Producer, Yellow Bird U.S. comments: “I was immediately so impressed by how insightful the writing is. Krystal has an incredible voice and a rare ability to explore difficult themes, including mental health and generational trauma, with heart, humor and hope.”

     

    A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares is being developed and produced by Yellow Bird U.S., with Marianne Gray and Gil Goldschein executive producing. Launched in 2018 as a joint venture between Yellow Bird Sweden and Bunim/Murray Productions, Yellow Bird U.S. is focused on developing premium, character-driven dramas for the U.S. market. Since its introduction, the business has optioned bestselling novel, The 7 Keys, from Swedish internet security expert, Åsa Schwartz, and I Found You, from Lisa Jewell.

     

    Sutherland’s first novel, Our Chemical Hearts, is also currently being adapted as a feature – she is repped by UTA and Yellow Bird U.S. by WME.

     

  4. Nickelodeon Greenlights The Crystal Maze, All-New Version Of UK Hit Game Show

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    Nickelodeon is bringing the legendary UK hit game show The Crystal Maze to the U.S. in an all-new version, co-produced by Bunim/Murray Productions (The Real World, The Challenge, Born This Way) and RDF Television (Secret Life of 4 Year Olds, Wife Swap, Shipwrecked), all under the Banijay Group. A longtime staple of British pop culture and family entertainment, The Crystal Maze–considered the forerunner to the current escape room craze–is a competitive challenge featuring a family team who must utilize physical and mental skills to successfully navigate an elaborate labyrinth of four giant and immersive themed zones.

     

    Casting is underway on the new series (10 one-hour episodes) which begins production on the original set in Bristol, England, this summer.  The show’s host, who guides the family through each challenge and adventure, and the series premiere, will be announced at a later date.

     

    “As Nickelodeon embraces co-viewing opportunities for every member of the family, The Crystal Maze brings a new type of action game and storytelling to audiences with its escape room-style gameplay and emphasis on collaboration and teamwork to win,” said Rob Bagshaw, Executive Vice President, Nickelodeon Unscripted Content.

     

    The Crystal Maze has long served as a staple of the UK entertainment landscape and we could not be happier to be reinventing the show for a younger demo alongside our sister companies, RDF and Stephen David Entertainment. Acting as the first series for BMP’s Kids and Family Division, the show will  build on our reputation in the competitive game space and we’ve no doubt by partnering with Nickelodeon, we can build a new audience for this brand in the U.S.,” said Gil Goldschein, Chief Executive Officer, Bunim/Murray Productions.

     

    Nickelodeon’s version of The Crystal Maze will feature a team of family members tackling a range of challenges in zones collectively known as The Crystal Maze. Each successful game is rewarded with a ‘time crystal’ that equals five seconds in the centerpiece Crystal Dome. The adventure culminates in a spectacular finale, as the team enters the Dome to grab a cash prize as it flies around them during a dramatic clock countdown.

     

    A current ratings smash in the UK, The Crystal Maze has been a beloved family and cult favorite since the mid ‘90s, with the current global popularity of the escape room phenomena reigniting interest further. The show was recently rebooted to great success with celebrity, charity and family seasons in UK, Australia and beyond.

     

    The Crystal Maze is executive produced by Gil Goldschein and Maria Pepin from Bunim/Murray Productions, Neale Simpson from Fizz, part of RDF Television, and Stephen David from Stephen David Entertainment. Production of The Crystal Maze for Nickelodeon is overseen by Rob Bagshaw, Executive Vice President, Unscripted Content.