Pop Monkey Acquires International Format Rights To GSN's "Catch 21" From "Hollywood Squares" Creator, Merrill Heatter
LOS ANGELES, CA (APRIL 13, 2011) Following a successful MIPTV
market, Pop Monkey Productions, the new company launched by US TV
veterans Syd Vinnedge and Hugh Wright with UK TV executives, Chuck
Thomas and Simone Thorogood, have signed a deal with "Hollywood
Squares" creator, Merrill Heatter to acquire the international rights
to "Catch 21" and to represent his eagerly awaited new game show,
The hit game show, which is currently in its fourth season on GSN
combines the card game “21” with the latest pop culture questions. Each
correct answer earns contestants a card that they can use to improve
their own hand or destroy the competition. The winner goes to a high
stakes finale where catching "21" three times wins the top prize.
Veteran game show creator Merrill Heatter said “Pop Monkey
impressed me with a vision to not only bring this superb format to TV
audiences around the world but to also create multi-platform elements.
It’s very exciting to be in business with them”. Hugh Wright said "It’s
tremendous to be working with a game show pioneer like Merrill on Catch
21. As GSN has proven over four seasons, the show rapidly finds a high
Pop Monkey will also be representing Heatter’s next big format
"Hollywood Teasers" which updates mega-hit "Hollywood Squares", that
ran from 1966 - 2004 with over 5000 episodes produced. The new format
retains all the fun with celebrities that Heatter invented but he’s
added what he calls “the missing link with today’s audience”. It’s a
new and challenging word game that torments the contestants and gives
viewers the play along action they love.
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