Marcus / Glass Productions, in partnership with international sales team Can’t Stop Media, announced today the hit U.S. game show Let’s Make a Deal, produced by Fremantle, will be expanding internationally in eight new territories: Germany, Indonesia, France, United Kingdom, Italy, Hungary, Ireland, and Poland. This marks the first multi-territory expansion announcement for the program since Marcus / Glass Productions, a joint production venture between Marcus Entertainment Chairman Marcus Lemonis and Glass Entertainment Group CEO, Nancy Glass acquired the IP for the hit show last year.
Consistently ranked among the top titles among the game genre in the United States, the Wayne Brady–hosted show is a reboot of the classic game show. The show, which has aired on ABC and NBC in previous runs, has been on-air daily without interruption on CBS since October 5, 2009, for a total of 2000+ episodes. Now in its 13th season, “Let’s Make a Deal” currently ranks as the #2 daily game show in America.
“The continued expansion of ‘Let’s Make a Deal’” into further international territories shows that audiences have a strong appetite to be entertained by game shows,” said Lemonis. “At a time when there is so much uncertainty and strife in the world, it’s great to be able to bring audiences together around fun and uplifting content.”
“The non-stop success of the U.S. version has resulted in a tremendous amount of interest from international markets,” added Glass. Can’t Stop has closed deal after deal very quickly. We look forward to them selling more territories in the coming months.”
Matthieu Porte, CAN’T STOP media cofounder, said: “‘Let’s Make a Deal’ is such a fantastic format and brand that it only took us six months to get it back on the radar in eight territories. It is only the beginning as we feel this format has similar potential, with its timeless elements and mechanics, to brands such as ‘The Price Is Right,’ ‘Wheel Of Fortune’ or ‘Family Feud.’”
Here is a roundup of the new territories:
Last year, German broadcaster SAT 1 revived “Geh aufs Ganze,” (Go All Out), the country’s adaptation of the popular game show that ran in the 90s. Based on the success of the primetime revival, SAT1 is renewing the format for a second season. It will be produced by Fremantle label UFA Show & Factual and should air during Q4.
“Super Deal,” the Indonesian version of “Let’s Make a Deal,” was a staple in the country for many years. The iconic program will make its comeback in Indonesia to air daily, seven days a week, in access primetime on GTV, starting June 25. It will be produced by Fremantle Indonesia (PT Dunia).
In Hungary, TV2 is commissioning the format for a daily broadcast. The local series will be entitled “Zsákbamacska,” the same name as the original adaptation, which aired during four consecutive years in the territory, during the 90s. It will be produced internally.
Hervé Hubert Productions, the company behind local adaptations of “The Masked Singer” for TF1 and “Shopping Monsters” for M6 as well as the original producers of LMAD for TF1 between 1998 and 2004 (1,400 daily episodes in total), will be in charge of developing the format.
In Poland, FremantleMedia Polska is working on a reboot of the format which aired as “Idź na całość” on Polsat between 1997 and 2001.
Banijay will produce the program in Italy.
Thames TV, a Fremantle label, has taken an option for the UK and Ireland.