News round-up: NPO welcomes Korea’s ‘Genius Game’; VTM preps ‘Finder$ Keeper$’; Paramount+ makes Showtime offer

The Genius Game

NPO welcomes Korea’s Genius Game

NPO in the Netherlands has ordered a local version of CJ ENM’s survival gameshow format, The Genius Game.

The eight-parter is being produced by Tin Can and will air on NPO3 from 3 October.

The format sees players – who have been chosen based on their social IQ, charisma, charm and intelligence – to compete in challenges and elimination games that test their analytical reasoning, attention to detail, memory and loyalty.

Forming secret alliances to increase their chance of survival, players are forced to strategise who to trust and who to betray to become the Genius.

The Genius Game first aired in South Korea in 2013 on CJ ENM’s channel tvN. The format was created by producer Jung Jong-yeon of The Society Game and The Great Escape series.

VTM preps Finder$ Keeper$

VTM in Belgium is preparing to launch entertainment format Finder$ Keeper$ (aka Wie Zoekt Die Wint), with Be-Entertainment snagging remake rights globally.

The show follows a family who have 30 minutes to find €100,000 in cash, which has been hidden in their own home. Contestants must also decide whether to take on challenges to win bigger prizes.

Be-Entertainment MD, Gepke Nederlof, said: “It’s not everyday that you get to introduce a format to the world that can simply be explained in only one sentence, and where everyone immediately understands the power of it. This is one of those titles and we’re extremely proud and excited to share it with the world.”

The format is based on an idea by creatives Kamiel De Bruyne and Wannes Deleu from Send in the Clowns and produced by PIT.

Paramount+ makes Showtime offer

Paramount+ is offering a new bundle to its US customers that will see all shows from sibling Showtime become available on the flagship streamer.

Both Paramount+ and Showtime had previously been available together, but the new offer will see content available within the same app. The combined offer costs $11.99 with ads or $14.99 without them, with promo periods also available.

Showtime on its own costs $10.99 a month, while Paramount+ costs $4.99 a month with ads or $9.99 without them.



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