Endemol Shine North America Teams with Michael Strahan's SMAC Entertainment to Develop Hit Game Show "The Money Drop"
January 22, 2019—Endemol Shine North America is teaming up with Michael Strahan’s SMAC Entertainment to develop an all new U.S. version of the hit global game show “The Money Drop.”
Michael Strahan, the NFL Hall of Famer and current Emmy-winning co-host of “Good Morning America,” “GMA Day” and host of ABC’s “The $100,000 Pyramid,” will serve as an executive producer on “The Money Drop.” Endemol Shine North America and SMAC are currently exploring potential primetime and daytime opportunities, including national syndication, for the series.
Created by Endemol Shine UK’s Remarkable Television, the format originally titled “The Million Pound Drop Live,” has been locally produced in 54 different global territories, including the UK, where a second series currently airs as “The £100K Money Drop,” a five-day-a-week strip on Channel 4.
“We are thrilled to partner with Michael and the team at SMAC Entertainment to develop an all-new version of ‘The Money Drop’ for an American audience,” says Michael Weinberg, Executive Vice President, Syndication, Endemol Shine North America. “This is a format that has worked successfully all over the world and the game concept itself is a lot of fun and engaging.”
“I was in London the first time I saw ‘Money Drop’ and I immediately knew we had to help bring it back to the U.S.,” says Strahan. “On behalf of myself, Constance Schwartz-Morini and the rest of the team at SMAC, we’re excited to take ‘Money Drop’ to market with the amazing team at Endemol Shine and make it SMAC’s third game show next to ‘The $100,000 Pyramid’ and ‘The Joker’s Wild.’”
Originally launched in 2010 as “The Million Pound Drop Live” by Remarkable Television for Channel 4 in the UK, the format has now been produced locally by Endemol Shine Group in 54 global territories, including Germany, Brazil, France and Australia. The series has aired as a daily show in France, Uruguay and in Central and Eastern Europe and multiple versions have aired weekly in Asia and Germany.
“The Money Drop” features a pair of contestants that are given their prize at the start of the show – bundles of real cash. All they have to do is keep hold of it. Just eight questions stand between them and their chance to take home the money.
This is played out on the Drop – a fiendish device with four trapdoors, on which the answers to each question are displayed. The contestants have 60 seconds to debate and place their money on the trapdoors. Are they confident enough to place all of their money on one answer, or will the relentless pressure cause them to play it safe and spread their money across several answers? When time’s up and they have allocated their cash, the team must step up to the drop to find out if their choices were right or wrong. Do they move on to the next question with their money still on the table, or do they lose it forever? As the game progresses, the questions get harder and the answers become fewer but after eight questions whatever cash – if any – is left on the table is theirs to keep.
About Endemol Shine North America
Endemol Shine North America delivers world-class content and compelling storytelling to multiple platforms in the U.S. and across the globe. Endemol Shine North America is part of Endemol Shine Group, the global content creator, producer and distributor with a diverse portfolio of companies that are behind some of the most prominent hit television formats and series in the world.
Its Endemol Shine Latino division oversees all Spanish and Portuguese-language operations across Latin America, including newly launched studio Endemol Shine Boomdog, which produces original content for both the U.S. Hispanic and Mexican markets. Subsidiary production companies include Authentic Entertainment, Truly Original, and 51 Minds Entertainment.
Endemol Shine Group’s companies in North America are behind such hit series as Big Brother (CBS), Ink Master (Paramount Network), MasterChef (FOX), MasterChef Junior (FOX), Swamp People (History), The Real Housewives of Atlanta (Bravo), Below Deck (Bravo), T.I. & Tiny: Friends and Family Hustle (VH1), The Grand Hustle (BET) Page Six TV (Syndicated), Fear Factor (MTV), Mira Quien Baila (Univision), I'm Dying Up Here (Showtime), Trading Spaces (TLC), Deal or No Deal (CNBC), LOL (Amazon), The Masked Singer (FOX), as well as upcoming series Big Bounce Battle (FOX), Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (HGTV), Unspouse My House (HGTV) and Utopia (Amazon).
About SMAC Entertainment
Founded in 2011, SMAC Entertainment, a multi-dimensional media company, brings together former NFL strategist and marketing executive Constance Schwartz-Morini and NFL Hall of Famer and Emmy winning television host Michael Strahan to create a major presence in the sports and entertainment arena.
In addition to representing dynamic and globally recognized talent, SMAC produces strong and diversified content, most notably Nickelodeon's Kids' Choice Sports Awards, The Joker's Wild (TNT/TBS), State of Play: Happiness (HBO), Play It Forward (Showtime), Back In The Game (CNBC) and Religion of Sports (AUDIENCE Network). SMAC also recently renewed the hit primetime gameshow The $100,000 Pyramid for a fourth season with ABC. As the company expands in 2019, it will do so with a focus on quality programming across the entertainment landscape.