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Universal Television Alternative Studio, Endemol Shine Australia and SEVEN close new deal for The Wall

  • Breakout game show is an original US format created and produced by Glassman Media and SpringHill Entertainment in Association with Universal Television Alternative Studio
  • Distributed Internationally by Endemol Shine Group, the original US format is Executive Produced by LeBron James, Maverick Carter, Chris Hardwick and Andrew Glassman

Global content creator, producer and distributor Endemol Shine Group alongside leading supplier of hit unscripted content and alternative formats, Universal Television Alternative Studio, today announced they have signed a first series deal for The Wall in Australia

Endemol Shine Australia has been commissioned by SEVEN in Australia to produce the international smash hit format The Wall from Glassman Media, SpringHill Entertainment and Universal Television Alternative Studio.

The news follows the recent announcement of the French Canadian deal with Quebecor Content as The Wall continues to roll out globally with successful launches in France, Spain and Germany.

A ratings smash in each new market, The Wall was a breakout success when it launched in the U.S. on NBC and is the #1 regular-season game show. It is the highest-rated game show of the year in France on TF1 and its debut on Telecinco in Spain saw The Wall ranked at #1 in its timeslot with a 17.3% share, exceeding the primetime average across a range of demographics.

The most recent launch on RTL Germany, on July 1 saw The Wall decisively beating all the competition for the key 14-49 demo, increasing the channel’s slot average share by 11%.

The Wall is a tense heart-stopping quiz that requires both the right answers and the right bounces in order to win a life-changing cash prize. A combination of quiz, luck and strategy set against the background of a highly dramatic and interactive set piece, a pair of teammates must work together to tackle the mammoth wall. Emotions run high as green and red balls fall down The Wall, determining monumental gains and heart-breaking losses.

Meredith Ahr, President of Universal Television Alternative Studio, said: “When we were envisioning the type of show we would want to develop with the launch of UTAS, we sought a dynamic, engaging and universally appealing format that could resonate across the world. ‘The Wall’ has proven to be just that and we are thrilled that Australian audiences will get to experience this high energy and completely original game show.”

Endemol Shine Australia CEO, Mark Fennessy, said: “The Wall is a wildly unpredictable, fast and simple game show where fortunes are won and lost on the bounce of a ball. At four stories high, it’s big time event television at its finest. We’re delighted to partner with Seven in bringing this huge international hit to life.”

Lisa Perrin CEO of Creative Networks says “The Wall represents Endemol Shine Group at its best, working with creative teams around the world in bringing high quality entertainment to global audiences. I’m thrilled to see this incredible format has now moved into Australia.”

Maverick Carter, CEO of SpringHill Entertainment and creator, executive producer of The Wall said: “We’re proud to see our original format for The Wall making its way around the globe and being embraced by families in every corner of the world. For us it’s about creating a life-changing experience that can keep every member of the family on the edge of their seats, rooting together for good people with incredible stories.”

Andrew Glassman of Glassman Media and creator, executive producer of The Wall said: “When we created The Wall, it was always our dream to see it played and enjoyed by people all over the world. At the core of the series is a life changing opportunity and the story of good things happening to good people. We are thrilled to be working with Brad and the team at Channel Seven in Australia.”

Notes For Editors – International Ratings

The No.1 regular-season game show and breakout success on NBC, “The Wall” has delivered an average audience of 6.5 million viewers and generated a 6.3% share among adults 18-49 in L+7 across the September-May season.

On TF1, The Wall is the No 1 show in the access primetime slot, beating the competition across all channels. It’s premiere ranked as the highest-rated new launch for a game show in France since 2009 and has to date, delivered an average audience of 4.35 million viewers and a 22.4% market share, exceeding TF1’s slot average share by +37%.

The debut of The Wall Spain saw the format ranked #1 in its timeslot with a 17.3% share, exceeding Telecinco’s primetime average across a range of demographics: +38% for Adults 25-44 and +55% for Children 4-12. The second episode saw ratings grow, attracting 143,000 more viewers than the premiere and exceeding the primetime average by +89%

RTL Germany, The Wall launched to an overnight audience of 2.51 million total viewers and a 9.5% market share. Winning an impressive 16.1% market share for the 14-49 demo The Wall ranked #1 in this key target.

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