Television Business International

Endemol Shine & Seven climb The Wall in Oz

Formats-headerThe Wall - Season 1Endemol Shine Australia has been commissioned by Australia’s Seven Network to produce the international game show format The Wall.

The show was created by Glassman Media, SpringHill Entertainment and Universal Television Alternative Studio (UTAS) in the US, where it has been a big hit on NBC.

The Wall is a quiz show that requires both the right answers and the right bounces in order to win a “life-changing” cash prize.

The news follows the recent announcement of the French Canadian deal with Quebecor Content as The Wall continues to roll out globally with launches in France, Spain and Germany.

Meredith Ahr, president of Universal Television Alternative Studio, said: “When we were envisioning the type of show we would want to develop with the launch of UTAS, we sought a dynamic, engaging and universally appealing format that could resonate across the world. The Wall has proven to be just that and we are thrilled that Australian audiences will get to experience this high energy and completely original game show.”

Endemol Shine Australia CEO Mark Fennessy said: “The Wall is a wildly unpredictable, fast and simple game show where fortunes are won and lost on the bounce of a ball. At four stories high, it’s big time event television at its finest. We’re delighted to partner with Seven in bringing this huge international hit to life.”

Endemol Shine says The Wall is the highest-rated game show of the year in France on TF1 and Telecino in Spain, where it recently launched.

On TFI its premiere ranked as the highest-rated new launch for a game show in France since 2009 and has to date, delivered an average audience of 4.35 million viewers and a 22.4% market share, exceeding TF1’s slot average share by +37% according to Endemol.