The Weakest Link

Show of the week: Letterbox

The Weakest Link creator David Young realised there was a format in Letterbox when his two sons managed to involve an entire restaurant in a game of hangman while on a skiing holiday. “People were shouting out answers, and I realised competitive hangman could be very fun and accessible as a format,” he says, adding: […]

Millionaire, Weakest Link execs draw Shortest Straw

Norway’s TV2 is attached the first major format pilot from UK-based development firm Boxatricks, with the co-creator of The Weakest Link attached. TV2 and the Israel-based TV Format Fund are backing the production of The Shortest Straw, with distributor Nordic World set to begin selling the format at MIPCOM in October. Additional unnamed investors are […]

French remake for The Weakest Link

Classic BBC quiz show The Weakest Link is being remade for French DTT channel D8. The format previous went out in France on TF1, but has been off air for the past seven years following a six-year run. It will relaunch as La Maillon Faible, with French TV journalist Julien Courbet (Sans Aucun Doute) presenting. […]

Weakest Link and Millionaire creators team for formats

Fintan Coyle, creator of hit quiz show The Weakest Link, has joined forces with Boxatricks, the fledgling formats business created by the people behind Who Wants to be a Millionaire?. He will work with the Boxatricks execs on new formats for the international market and bring some of his existing formats to the firm for […]

Hat Trick poaches Wipeout exec from Endemol

Hat Trick has recruited Andy Rowe from Endemol and he will join the UK indie producer next month. Rowe’s recent credits include exec producing six episodes of Total Wipeout for BBC1 in the UK. While at Endemol he also launched Golden Balls and 101 Ways to Leave a Gameshow. As a series producer Rowe has […]