NBC Orders 12-Day, 24/7 Live Competition Series For Fall, Cash Prize Up To $10 Million

By | Wednesday April 24, 2013 @ 3:00am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

NBC this fall will be mounting one of the most ambitious unscripted efforts ever attempted. The network has ordered The Million Second Quiz, a new live competition that combines trivia knowledge and endurance. The contest, where time equals money, will last 1,000,000 seconds or 12 days (11.57 days to be precise.) It comes from All3Media America (formerly Studio Lambert USA), the company behind CBS’ Undercover Boss, and Universal TV. Created by Stephen Lambert, The Million Second Quiz will air live in primetime and on NBCUniversal’s digital platforms the rest of the time in a type of coverage reserved for major sporting events like the Olympics. The Million Second Quiz will originate from a gigantic hourglass-shaped structure built in the heart of Manhattan. Its walls will be made out of glass so the contestants and the game play is visible from the street, somewhat in the vein of David Blaine’s stunts.

The four players who have remained in the game the longest at any time serve as reigning champions and get to live in the hourglass. To avoid being unseated in the primetime show where one of the reigning champions gets challenged, the four must continue to play 24 hours a day, taking strategic breaks to rest and sleep. Read More »

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AMC Enters Unscripted Arena, Orders Two Docu Series From Top Producers

By | Friday April 15, 2011 @ 11:07am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

In 2006, movie channel AMC ventured into original programming with miniseries Broken Trail. A year later, it entered another genre, scripted series, with Mad Men. Now, the cable network is launching an expansion into yet another original programming area: reality. … Read More »

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Sundance: New Video Acquires ‘The Flaw’

By | Friday January 28, 2011 @ 11:33am PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: New Video has made the latest Sundance film deal, acquiring the David Sington-directed financial crisis documentary The Flaw. New Video plans a limited theatrical run and then release on DVD, VOD and digital platforms. Sington’s documentary tackles the financial … Read More »

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Studio Lambert Partners With Indie UK Producer

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Eli Holzman Now President Of ‘Undercover Boss’ Producer Studio Lambert USA

Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Eli Holzman has been upped to president of Studio Lambert USA, running the U.S. operations of the London-based reality production company behind CBS’ reality hit Undercover Boss. Holzman, who has more than a decade of TV executive experience, joined Studio Lambert in 2008 when the company’s chief executive, top British reality format creator and executive Stephen Lambert, recruited him to launch and lead the U.S. subsidiary of Lambert’s eponymous All3Media-backed production shingle. Read More »

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