Ratings-winning Romanian game show Win Your Country! in development for US market
Los Angeles, November 26, 2018 – Leading independent format company Small World IFT can today announce a landmark partnership with Whoopi Goldberg’s One Hoe Productions and 44 Blue Productions LLC, a Red Arrow Studios company, to develop a brand new US version of Win Your Country!, the ratings-winning primetime quiz format.
Originally created by Romania’s Zucchero Media for TVR2, Win Your Country! is the ultimate studio-based game show where contestants win big if they can prove they really know their country. The new US adaptation is now in development and will be executive produced by Whoopi Goldberg and Emmy-nominated Tom Leonardis for One Hoe (I’m Coming Home, Moms Mabley: I Got Somethin’ to Tell You, Strong Medicine), in partnership with Emmy-nominated Executive Producer Stephanie Noonan Drachkovitch and Dan Snook for 44 Blue (Wahlburgers, Hollywood Medium with Tyler Henry). Emmy-nominated producer Noah Bonnett (Ellen’s Game of Games, Beat the Clock) is also onboard as showrunner.
Whoopi Goldberg says, “We love the civic nature of this show and the positive focus on unity and identity. It gives the players and the audience a chance to take pride in the place they call home and have a great time doing it, along with a little healthy competition. We think US audiences will love Win Your Country!, and Small World, 44 Blue and Noah Bonnett are the perfect partners to bring it to life here.”
“We have produced two critically acclaimed series with Whoopi and Tom and are always looking for exciting new content to create together,” said Stephanie Noonan Drachkovitch, President & Co-Founder of 44 Blue. “When we saw Small World’s Win Your Country!, we knew it would be a perfect fit for Whoopi’s brand of topical humor and family fun. The format couldn’t be more relevant, and we look forward to bringing it to the US.”
Tim Crescenti, President at Small World IFT, said: “The format guarantees plenty of humor, fast-paced quiz/trivia action and viewer interaction. One Hoe and 44 Blue were quick to recognize its strong potential for the US market. And to partner with a rare EGOT (Emmy-Grammy-Oscar-Tony) winner like Whoopi Goldberg, we couldn’t be more thrilled and honored.”
Now in its fourth season in Romania, with 200 episodes produced, Win Your Country! is TVR2’s number one show, airing nightly in primetime and regularly tripling the channel’s audience share. The Romanian version won TV Mania best game show award in 2017, beating Who Wants to be a Millionaire?, Wheel of Fortune and The Wall.
The format is also currently in development for a Canadian broadcaster and optioned in France. This new collaboration follows Small World’s recent US and global success with NBC’s smash hit Better Late Than Never – a local adaptation of South Korean adventure format Grandpas Over Flowers – which concluded its second ratings-winning season in the US earlier this year.
44 Blue Productions, a Red Arrow Studios company, is an award-winning non-fiction producer with an impressive slate featuring ground-breaking series such as the Emmy-nominated Wahlburgers, E Entertainment’s Hollywood Medium with Tyler Henry and Animal Planet’s top-rated Pit Bulls & Parolees. Recent TV projects from New York-based One Hoe Productions – a partnership between Whoopi Goldberg and Tom Leonardis – include reality docuseries According to Alex and Oxygen’s GLAAD Award-winning reality series Strut, both produced in partnership with 44 Blue.
44 Blue and One Hoe are represented by William Morris Endeavor and Small World IFT is represented by UTA.
About Win Your Country!
In Win Your Country! players compete over three intense rounds, battling it out state by state, region by region, or city by city. Each contestant starts with a chosen territory and must “conquer” neighboring regions by answering a series of questions about that specific territory. Only then will they be able to make it to the next level where a cat-and-mouse game ensues and the remaining opponents try to reach each other’s territory first, leaving just one to battle for the prize money in the final round. The format is a tension-packed quiz show that gives audiences a chance to play along and test their own knowledge and patriotism of the place they call home.
About Small World IFT
Small World IFT was founded in 2005 by Tim and Colleen Crescenti to find, acquire and distribute the most unique and entertaining formats. With over 30 years of experience, producing more than 190 shows in over 75 countries, Small World has placed multiple format titles on US networks and over 55 format titles in the rest of the world, including titles such as Grandpas Over Flowers, now adapted for more than 15 broadcasters globally including two seasons for NBC in the US as the smash hit Better Late Than Never, Silent Library and the Rose d’Or winning I Survived a Japanese Game Show on ABC. Other format finds include Miss Country Girl, Super Combat Teams, Got What It Takes?, Iron Couple and Freewheelin’.
About 44 Blue Productions
44 Blue Productions LLC, a Red Arrow Studios company, is a Peabody, Emmy, Gracie and GLAAD Award winning producer of unscripted, scripted and documentary series. For the last three decades, 44 Blue has produced series across broadcast, cable, streaming and digital platforms including current/ recent projects with Academy Award Winners Viola Davis and Whoopi Goldberg as well as Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Jessica Biel, Priyanka Chopra, Chloe Grace Moretz, Will Packer (Girls Trip), Dick Wolf (Law & Order), Rainn Wilson (SoulPancake) and Khloé Kardashian. As part of Red Arrow Studios, 44 Blue also adapts and produces international formats and series for the US; and has an in-house digital, brand and 360 video team, Ovrture, that develops and produces series for that space. Credits include: HBO’s top-rated feature doc Rock and a Hard Place, MSNBC’s long – running series Lockup, A&E’s twice Emmy – nominated Wahlburgers, Animal Planet’s #1 series