MIPCOM: Billy Crystal, Banijay Take Kids Prank Show 'Gotcha' Global
Crystal's Jennilind Productions, 'The Real World' shingle Bunim/Murray and Israel's Nutz Productions are producing the show, about teens who prank celebrities, each other and innocent bystanders.
Billy Crystal is bringing kids prank show Gotcha to the global market, courtesy of sales group Banijay Rights.
The teen format follows a gang of teens who carry out pranks against celebrities, innocent bystanders and each other. The show is a co-production between Crystal's Jennilind Productions, Bunim/Murray Productions, creators of The Real World and Keeping Up With the Kardashians, and Israel's Nutz Productions, producers of Netflix teen drama Greenhouse Academy.
“Comedy has been in my blood throughout my life and career,” said Crystal in a statement. “I started performing when I was a kid, and I loved playing funny practical jokes on my friends and family. Developing and producing Gotcha and helping youngsters share the gift of comedy with their peers was really appealing.”
Gotcha will be the first series under Bunim/Murray Productions’ new kids division, BMP Kids, run by producer Maria Pepin.
Banijay is selling the worldwide format rights for Gotcha and introducing the show to buyers at the MIP Jr. kids TV market in Cannes this weekend. Nickelodeon Israel has commissioned the format for Israel, with an airdate set for December.