GSN and Scott Sternberg Productions Bring the European Hit 'THAT'S THE QUESTION' to American Audiences This Fall
'Entertainment Tonight' Vet Bob Goen Hosts New U.S. Version That Tests
Contestants Word Skills and Trivia Knowledge
PASADENA, Calif., July 11 -- GSN, the network for games,
and Scott Sternberg Productions are bringing the highly-rated international
show, THAT'S THE QUESTION, to American audiences in the fall with 20
episodes of the specially-produced U.S. version of the fast-paced word game
featuring host Bob Goen ("Entertainment Tonight," "Miss Universe").
Produced by Scott Sternberg Productions ("Sunday Morning Shootout,"
"Square Off"), THAT'S THE QUESTION is a half-hour series that combines word
un-scrambling skills with a test of world history and pop culture trivia
knowledge. The series is widely popular in numerous countries around the
globe and is setting ratings records in the Netherlands, Switzerland and
The U.S. version of the series is being shot this week on the original
set in Amsterdam, Holland. The show will feature American contestants and
Goen as host.
In making the announcement at the network's Television Critics
Association presentation, Rich Cronin, president and chief executive
officer, GSN, said: "We are pleased to be able to introduce this exciting
game to our audience with Bob Goen as host. The game combines three great
game show concepts, trivia, scrambled words and puzzles, making for an
entertaining half-hour that will complement our schedule perfectly."
Scott Sternberg, executive producer of THAT'S THE QUESTION and veteran
game show producer, commented: "I am delighted that GSN has backed THAT'S
THE QUESTION. I am looking forward to working with GSN on the show and am
confident that it will replicate its European success in the American
Goen, who served as host of "Entertainment Tonight" from 1993 to 2004,
began his broadcast career as a sportscaster and then made the transition
to his life-long dream, hosting game shows. Among his credits, he hosted
the daytime version of "Wheel of Fortune" and then the prime time show "The
Hollywood Game." He is also known globally from hosting the "Miss
Universe," "Miss USA," and "Miss Teen USA" Pageants.
THAT'S THE QUESTION is a fast paced word game that pits two contestants
against each other in a race to win the grand prize in the show's
conclusion. Every second counts as contestants battle each other
unscrambling words for valuable seconds of time in the grand finale.
Widely acknowledged for his creative success in a variety of television
genres, Scott Sternberg and his production company have a rich background
producing game shows. His producing credits include such top-rated hits as
"Hollywood Squares," "Love Connection," "Rock and Roll Jeopardy," "The
Extreme Gong Show" and "Wheel of Fortune for Kids" in the game show genre.
His most recent projects include the television industry focused "Square
Off," the film industry series "Sunday Morning Shootout," and other
original series including 'My First Time' and 'Spying on Myself'.
GSN, the Network for Games, is the only U.S. television network
dedicated to game-related programming and interactive game playing. The
network features game shows, reality series, documentaries and casino
games. As the industry leader in interactivity, GSN features over 133 hours
per week of interactive programming, which allows viewers a chance to win
prizes by playing along with GSN's televised games via GSN.com. Now
reaching nearly 60 million Nielsen homes, GSN is distributed in the U.S.
through all major cable systems and satellite providers. The network is
jointly owned by Sony Pictures Entertainment and Liberty Media Corporation.
For further media information, visit GSN's press website at corp.gsn.com
About Scott Sternberg Productions
Scott Sternberg Productions is a full service television production
company focusing on unscripted programming. Emmy-award winning CEO, Scott
Sternberg, founded Scott Sternberg Productions in 1991. The firm provides
content to broadcast and cable networks, web portals and satellite radio
stations. Scott Sternberg Productions also produces branded content for
major non-broadcast entities. No Studio Entertainment and Spanglish
Entertainment are wholly owned subsidiaries of Scott Sternberg Productions.
Both produce regional and local programs, with Spanglish Entertainment
providing content for Spanish language outlets. Scott Sternberg Productions
is located at Raleigh Studios in Hollywood, CA.