Media Ranch has secured two more deals for the entertainment game-show format Watch!, and Philip Livingstone is set to act as flying creative producer for all global iterations of the program.
Media Ranch sealed deals for the series with the production company Rabbit Films in Finland and Telewizja Polska, the largest Polish television network in Poland. The two deals bring the total number of countries that have licensed the format to 12.
Livingstone is managing director of Format Focus and former executive director of worldwide formats at Sony Pictures Entertainment. He has worked on shows such as Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, Shark Tank, Pyramid Game and Little Big Shots.
Watch! mixes emotional and exhilarating world-class performances with a high-stakes game show requiring memory skills. The format was acquired last year by Banijay Group’s Bunim/Murray Productions for the U.S., and RDF/Fizz acquired the format for the U.K. Warner took the show for Denmark, ITV acquired the show for Sweden and Endemol Shine took Watch! for Italy, as well as Spain and Portugal. Additionally, Talpa Germany took the format, as did WeMake from France and Matchbox Pictures, an NBCUniversal International Studios company from Australia.
Livingstone states: “Watch! is a fantastic format and I am elated to be part of the program, especially at the beginning stage and with such great production companies in line to produce the show. Media Ranch have a winning format on their hands!”
Sophie Ferron, founder, president and executive producer of Media Ranch, stated: “We’re excited to continue our success with Watch! now with Poland and Finland, bringing the total of 12 countries. We will soon announce our first production and are thrilled that format legend Philip Livingstone has signed on as our flying producer, overseeing creative on all upcoming productions. His expertise and vision will ensure continuity and a fantastic program!”