Entertainment One, Fine Brothers Entertainment (FBE), and Keller/Noll Join Forces to Develop Slate of Innovative Televis
Electrifying Game Show QUIZZICLE is the First Project to be Introduced under the Pact
LOS ANGELES – September 21, 2016 – Global independent studio Entertainment One (eOne), Fine Brothers Entertainment (FBE), and Keller/Noll announced today a partnership to pioneer new television formats and challenge the traditional television business model. Together, the three are creating refreshing and innovative programming with a built-in audience as each show will incubate on the FBE Digital Network of over 20 million subscribers before expanding to traditional television. Their first project, Quizzicle, is a fast-paced, colorful and hilarious game show and will premiere later this year.
“We are so pleased to expand our relationship with Keller/Noll and to unite with the powerhouse team at FBE on this new, inventive development platform which will allow us to receive direct and instant feedback from a targeted worldwide fanbase,” said Tara Long. “At eOne, we’re proud to be working with passionate creative partners to deliver engaging content that resonates with today’s connected audiences.”
"Quizzicle is the next step for game shows," said Cleve Keller and Dave Noll. "As game creators, our main goal is to push the genre forward. Quizzicle is designed to be a fast, funny, game app; a laugh-out-loud digital game; and an epic, grand, primetime game show. This is the perfect team, the perfect time, and the perfect show."
Part puzzle and part quiz, Quizzicle pits two teams against each other in an exciting, laugh-out-loud competition where contestants guess answers to pop culture trivia clues.
“With our vast experience in both online and traditional television show formats, partnering with powerhouses eOne and Keller/Noll creates an ideal trifecta to continue evolving entertainment and distribution models,” said Benny and Rafi Fine, co-founders of FBE. “Using elements from our popular digital series’ as the basis for these shows, together we’ll be able to deliver high-quality, entertaining content with a real audience sample before we even get to traditional markets.” Added Brandie Tucker, Head of Alternative Television at FBE.
This partnership builds upon the existing relationship between eOne and Keller/Noll, who entered into a first-look deal for unscripted programming earlier this year, and marks the continued trend of traditional companies partnering with FBE to innovate new content business models.
About Entertainment One
Entertainment One Ltd. (LSE:ETO) is a global independent studio that specialises in the development, acquisition, production, financing, distribution and sales of entertainment content. The Company’s diversified expertise spans across film, television and music production and sales, family programming, merchandising and licensing, and digital content. Through its global reach and expansive scale, powered by deep local market knowledge, the Company delivers the best content to the world.
Entertainment One’s robust network includes film and television studio The Mark Gordon Company; content creation venture Amblin Partners with Steven Spielberg, DreamWorks Studios, Participant Media, and Reliance Entertainment; leading feature film production and global sales company Sierra Pictures; unscripted television production companies Renegade 83, Paperny Entertainment and Force Four Entertainment; world-class music labels Dualtone Music Group and Last Gang; and award-winning digital agency Secret Location.
Since eOne Television’s U.S. Alternative Programming division launched, Long and her team have rapidly expanded its business, having developed and produced an impressive and successful slate of programs including Growing Up Hip Hop and Mary Mary for WE tv; Nellyville, It’s A Mann’s World, The Sheards, and About the Business for BET; David Spade’s comedy prank show Fameless for truTV; SWV: Sisters With Voices for WE tv which was the highest rated freshman premiere in the network’s history; the three-part docuseries Streets of Compton for A&E; Nicole & Jionni’s Shore Flip for FYI; sports competition show Ball Up: Search For The Next for Fox Sports Net; psychological game show Race to Escape for Science Channel; documentary Born Without Limbs for TLC; and a series of specials of Big Surprise for E! featuring stars such as Nick Cannon and Macklemore.
The Company’s rights library is exploited across all media formats and includes more than 100,000 hours of film and television content and approximately 40,000 music tracks.
Veteran, award-winning show creators, Cleve Keller and Dave Noll have been constructing and designing formats together exclusively since 2007. Their work has resulted in over 1,300 episodes of television around the world. Keller/Noll’s numerous formats have included: Food Network’s Chopped, GSN’s new game show Winsanity!; AMC’s FilmFakers and Movies 101; Bravo’s Rocco’s Dinner Party; HGTV’s Beat the House; Lifetime’s Your Mama Don’t Dance; TLC’s Cover Shot; Chopped Canada, Chopped South Africa and Lovesong; and the global game shows Momentum (Tam Zamani), Unbeatable as well as You Vs., which marked the first game show in history of Japanese television to be created outside Japan.
In 2009, Keller and Noll began working for television legend Barry Diller, running the creative for his TV production company Notional. During that time, the duo created, sold and executive produced numerous formats including Food Network’s James Beard Award-winning show Chopped, Chopped Champions and Chopped All-Stars, BET’s Master of the Mix, Bravo’s Rocco’s Dinner Party, HGTV’s Don’t Sweat It, SiTV’s Model Latina and Travel Channel’s Deathwish Movers. Keller and Noll have also had development and/or series deals with CBS, CMT, Comedy Central, Discovery, E!, Endemol, FOX, Fremantle, Hearst, National Geographic, ProSieben, RTL, Science Channel, Shine, Sundance Channel, TLC, TNT, TV Asahi, VH1, We, Yahoo, Yoshimoto and Zodiak.
About Fine Brothers Entertainment (FBE)
FBE is a hybrid media company, studio, and network that creates innovative and entertaining programming for audiences both online and on television. FBE has also developed and produced shows for both traditional and new media, including the popular REACT series of videos. Most recently, they partnered with Fullscreen SVOD to distribute the second season of their animated series “Emo Dad” and collaborated with Mandeville Films for YouTube Red’s half hour comedy “Sing It,” a satire of TV’s omnipresent singing competitions which premiered in May 2016. The company is currently in post-production on their first feature film, F*&% THE PROM, which is slated for release in Fall 2016. Previously, they produced “Superfan Suite” a fan-centric program that accompanied the most recent season finales of Freeform’s hit series, “Pretty Little Liars and “Shadowhunters.” They also partnered with Marc Summers Productions for truTV’s “Six Degrees of Everything,” and collaborated with Nick Cannon for Nickelodeon’s spinoff of their online series, “ReactToThat”. Since 2004, founders Benny and Rafi Fine have been instrumental in shaping the world of online content, and FBE has expanded to more than 50 employees who produce dozens of serialized shows across a network of digital channels that includes 20 million YouTube subscribers. Altogether, their videos get over 175 million monthly total views and their channels overall have more than 5 billion lifetime video views.
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