Endemol inks deals on 'Gameshow' format

Networks include ABC in U.S., RTL in Germany

Endemol has closed a clutch of international deals for its new format "101 Ways to Leave a Gameshow," including ABC in the U.S.

The show sees losing contestants ejected in outrageous ways using human cannons, runaway cars, catapults and more.

RTL in Germany will air a 90-minute primetime special in the fall, and "Gameshow" also will air on TV Globo in Brazil and Fox in Turkey.

BBC1 premiered the show Saturday as part of an eight-episode order and won its time slot with 5.3 million viewers.

Paul Romer, chief creative officer of Endemol Group, said: " '101 Ways to Leave a Gameshow' is another great example of Endemol delivering high-octane entertainment on a massive scale, and I'm extremely pleased to see it rolling out around the world so quickly. The ratings success in the U.K. is an extremely strong start for this format, which we believe has great global potential."

"Gameshow" is filmed at the show's international set in Argentina. Although the action takes place on a "tower," which is a built venue rising 100 feet to the sky, the quizzing is done in a rather unstable studio. One moment the contestants can be sitting calmly and the next they're hanging upside down on a zipline about to be fired off the tower and off the show for good.

The Netherlands-based Endemol is behind such reality and game formats as "Big Brother," "Deal or No Deal" and "Fear Factor."
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