London, UK. 15 June, 2011. Sony Pictures Television's 2waytraffic, has concluded new licensing agreements in the UK for two of its biggest international properties.
A deal with Sky will see 110 hours of Who Wants to be a Millionaire? episodes licensed to the broadcaster for its game show network, Challenge. The deal comes as Challenge hosts a special Who Wants to be a Millionaire? month throughout June at 9pm each weeknight. To further support this, Challenge has licensed 2waytraffic's integrated online game of the series to be hosted on its website (www.challenge.co.uk).
Additionally, 2waytraffic has confirmed a deal with UKTV to supply the Irish, Canadian and US versions of entrepreneur pitching format, Dragon's Den, to their male lifestyle channel, Dave, giving it the UK premiere to all three series. The US version, known as Shark Tank, has just been re-commissioned for a third season by ABC. The Irish version of Dragon's Den is an RTE commission, while the Canadian version is produced locally for CBC.
Announcing the deals, 2waytraffic International Managing Director, Ed Louwerse, said, "Both Dragon's Den and Who Wants to be a Millionaire? are doing fantastically around the world and have really established themselves as global, evergreen hits. Alongside format sales, our finished programming business is on the rise and, with our gaming innovations, illustrates just how much extra value can be generated as we identify new platforms for fans to interact with their favourite series."
Dragon's Den, an NTV format represented globally by Sony Pictures Television, has now been produced locally in over 30 territories. 2waytraffic recently launched a new game app to accompany the series, available globally for Apple's iPhone and iPad.
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?, owned by 2waytraffic, has now been produced in over 120 territories, with recent re-commissions including Turkey, Portugal, Venezuela and Sri Lanka.
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