The Wall Secures Local Treatments in Russia, CEE


Endemol Shine Group and Universal Television Alternative Studio have inked new deals for the popular quiz-show format The Wall, which is slated for adaptation in Russia, Poland, Romania and Hungary.

Endemol Shine Poland has been commissioned by TVP1 in Poland to produce 14 episodes of The Wall. Weit Media will produce eight prime-time episodes of the format for Russia’s Rossya 1. Antena in Romania and RTL in Hungary ordered 45 and 50 episodes, respectively. Filming for both the Russian and Romanian versions will take place in Poland.

The Wall first debuted on NBC in the U.S. The format was created by LeBron James, Maverick Carter and Andrew Glassman. It is produced by Glassman Media, SpringHill Entertainment and Universal Television Alternative Studio.

Marina Williams, the COO of international operations at Endemol Shine Group (ESG), remarked: “The Wall is a global powerhouse, and the speed of the international rollout is testament to the strength of the format. We’re thrilled to be producing this for TVP1 in Poland, and delivering one of the most talked-about entertainment formats to audiences on Royssa 1 in Russia, Antena in Romania and RTL in Hungary following stellar launches across France, Germany and Spain.”

Lisa Perrin, the CEO of Creative Networks at Endemol Shine Group, stated: “The hubs in France and Poland make The Wall truly scalable for any market, enabling the team within ESG’s Creative Networks to build momentum globally. Packed with jeopardy, its unique pay-off plays out differently every time, making this format an electrifying viewing experience with mass audience appeal. I’m excited to see where it moves next.”

Meredith Ahr, the president of Universal Television Alternative Studio, noted: “The Wall is the perfect example of the type of globally relevant content that we’re delivering out of Universal Television Alternative Studio. It’s exportable, scalable and universally compelling, with high stakes and inherent heart. As the studio continues to expand its global footprint, it’s incredibly rewarding to see such international enthusiasm for one of our first projects out of the gate.”

Carter, the CEO of SpringHill Entertainment and executive producer of The Wall, said: “It’s incredible to see the way people around the world are responding to The Wall. For us it’s about creating a life-changing experience for good people with incredible stories that families and people of all ages can connect to. We’re excited to see that happening across the globe.”

Glassman, of Glassman Media and executive producer of The Wall, added: “When we created The Wall, it was always our dream to see it played and enjoyed by people all over the world. At the core of the series is a life-changing opportunity and the story of good things happening to good people.”