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 »
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. AMC has ordered its first unscripted series, Inside the DHS and The Pitch. Both hail from top reality producers, Craig Piligian and Eli Holzman & Stephen Lambert, respectively, and will be branded “docu-stories,” as AMC describes its take on the docu-series genre.
Inside the DHS, which is slated to begin filming shortly for a premiere in the fourth quarter, will chronicle the behind-the-scenes workings of the Department of Homeland Security and its personnel, including Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. “We have incredible access, including working directly with Secretary Napolitano,” AMC’s SVP Joel Stillerman said. Executive producer Piligian of Pilgrim Films & Television and AMC will cooperate with the department on protecting sensitive information, and Stillerman doesn’t expect that to be an issue. “We’re not looking to do an expose of the Department of Homeland Security, we actually want to go in and look into the day-to-day (workings) of the people and what they do to keep us safe.”
The Pitch, executive produced by Holzman and Lambert from Studio Lambert, is set in the world of advertising and eyed for a 2012 debut. Each episode follows top creative ad agencies as they pitch … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Studio Lambert, the television production company behind the CBS reality series Undercover Boss, has inked a production partnership deal with indie U.K. production company betty. Under the pact, betty’s UK-created formats will be produced in the U.S. with Studio Lambert. Since its 2001 launch, betty, run by CEO Liz Warner and her business partner Walter Iuzzolino, has created a number of unscripted series and formats, including the BBC Three’s docu series Freaky Eaters, which has been remade in the U.S. by TLC, and the upcoming controversial Channel 4 show Beauty and the Beast, which has an attractive and an physically disfigured person share a house.
Founded by Stephen Lambert (Wife Swap), Studio Lambert launched its U.S. operations less two years ago with Project Runway creator Eli Holzman who was recently upped to president of Studio Lambert USA. The company’s series roster includes docu-comedy Mel B: It’s a Scary World on Style, Southern Fried Stings on truTV, and The Fairy Jobmother, which just premiered on Lifetime. “We are committed to bringing … Read More »
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 »