Television Business International

Canada plans to construct The Wall

Formats-headerThe WallCanadian broadcaster TVA is getting its own French-language version of NBC game show The Wall.

TVA stablemate Quebecor Content has acquired rights to the show from Endemol Shine International.

The series has been a ratings hit in the US, where NBC debuted it in primetime. A subsequent access prime version in France for has also done well, becoming the territory’s best performing game show launch since 2009, with Endemol Shine also selling the format into Spain and Germany.

Broadcast details for the French-Canadian version will follow “at a later date”.

Yann Paquet, VP of acquisitions and international development at Quebecor Content, claimed the format was “the most popular game show in the world”.

“It gets monster ratings wherever it’s aired and we have absolutely confidence it will thrill our viewers and touch their hearts,” he added.

Legendary NBA basketball player LeBron co-created the format with SpringHill Entertainment’s Maverick Carter and Andrew Glassman of Glassman Media. In the US Universal Television Alternative Studio is coproducer.

The quiz format requires contestants to answer questions and get favourable ‘bounces’ from a giant wall in order to win cash prizes.

TVA and Quebecor Content are part of Quebecor Media Group.