MIPTV: Warner to Take BBC Quiz Format 'The Link' Global

3:55 AM PST 03/06/2014 by Stuart Kemp

Warner Bros. is working on a U.S. version and will handle format rights to the show, which challenges teams to find the link between a series of questions.

LONDON – Warner Bros. International Television Production has acquired the format rights to take BBC One’s new quiz show, The Link, global.

The public broadcaster's flagship channel, BBC One, has commissioned 25 episodes for a daytime slot of the show, which is produced by STV Productions in association with LTV and scheduled to shoot later this month.

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Over the course of 45 minutes, The Link sees three teams race against time to find the link between questions. It's billed as rewarding of daring, strategy and teamwork -- "guess the connections, break the links, win money."

The U.K. version of the show will be presented by actor Mark Williams (Harry Potter franchise).

"We know that great game shows are back at the top of broadcasters’ wish lists. The Link is that rare thing -- an original new quiz show with a strong identity in terms of both its gameplay and visual elements, commissioned in a key market. Our excitement is shared by Mike Darnell and his team at the Warner Bros. Television Group, who will be bringing it to market in the U.S.," said Andrew Zein, Warner Bros. International Television Production svp creative, format development and sales.

Alan Clements, director of content for STV Production, said: "It is both STV’s and LTV’s first opportunity to work with BBC Daytime in this genre. We are also thrilled to be working with Warner Bros. International Television Production in a deal that brings a fantastic opportunity for The Link to reach new audiences worldwide."

Controller of BBC Daytime Damian Kavanagh, who commissioned the series, said: "The Link appealed to us because of its innovative question style and challenging gameplay. Mark Williams will give the show a different flavor."

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