CBS has picked up an interesting show for the next year. The network has called for a straight-to-series live action game show based on Candy Crush.
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The format will be produced by creator Matt Kunitz, who has created shows like Wipeout and Fear Factor. The TV series will consist of two teams who have to use their wits and agility to compete on a giant interactive game board
According to The Hollywood Reporter, "The series will be produced by Lionsgate, where Kunitz is under an overall deal, and Candy Crush creators King. CBS Television Distribution will distribute the series domestically, while Lionsgate will handle international. Candy Crush will be produced by Pulse Creative, Lionsgate Television, King and CBS Television Studios. Kunitz, Lionsgate interactive ventures and games president Peter Levin, King licensing agent of Striker EntertainmentRussell Binder, King vp brand Nicki Sheard and King chief creative officer/co-founder and Candy Crush Saga creator Sebastian Knutsson will executive produce."
"The Candy Crush franchise is a world-renowned property, so when the head of our interactive and games division, Peter Levin, brought this IP to Lionsgate, we instantly knew it would make an incredibly visual, physical and fun TV program,” Lionsgate TV Group chairman Kevin Beggs said. “CBS is a leader in unscripted television, which makes it the ideal home for Candy Crush, and we’re very happy to have Matt shepherding the production as we partner with the team at King on this series with the tremendous second-screen potential."
Candy Crush has been one of the most successful mobile games of all time. On a monthly basis, 18 billion rounds are played.
"We are huge fans of Candy Crush and, like so many others, we know the 'rush' of advancing to the next level of the game,” CBS Entertainment president Glenn Geller said. “We’re excited to work with Lionsgate and King to adapt one of the world’s most popular and entertaining game franchises for television and make it available to its massive, passionate fan base who can watch and play along at home.”
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