GSN ACQUIRES OFF-NETWORK RIGHTS TO "MINUTE TO WIN IT"
Series Will Air in Four-Hour Blocks Every Tuesday Night,
Premiering Tuesday, July 24th at 7 pm (ET)
Santa Monica, CA - July 17, 2012 - GSN announced it has acquired off-network rights to 68 one-hour episodes of the hit game show MINUTE TO WIN IT from NBCUniversal Cable & New Media Distribution. Hosted by All-American chef and television personality Guy Fieri ("Diners, Drive-ins and Dives"), the game features competitors participating in a series of simple, yet nerve-wracking, games that can lead to a $1 million prize. MINUTE TO WIN IT will air in four-hour blocks on Tuesday nights from 7 pm to 11 pm (ET) on GSN beginning on Tuesday, July 24 at 7 pm (ET).
"MINUTE TO WIN IT is a great addition to our line-up," said Amy Introcaso-Davis, Executive Vice President of Programming for GSN. "Fun, entertaining and competitive - this game show brings all the elements that resonate with our core audience."
"GSN, with its emphasis on interactive games, is a perfect home for MINUTE TO WIN IT," said Todd Whiting, Senior Vice President, Cable & New Media Distribution. "We are excited to watch it succeed on the network."
MINUTE TO WIN IT was awarded the C21/Frapa Award for Best Studio Based Game show format at the 2010 Mipcom television festival in Cannes.
About MINUTE TO WIN IT:
Since its premiere on March 14, 2010, the show has inspired a game revolution across the country and online, as people at home, at work and at parties tried their hand at the challenges posed on the show. In each one-hour episode, competitors face 10 challenges that escalate in level of difficulty using everyday household items. Each game has a one-minute time limit and failure to finish the task on time will eliminate the contestant. At various points throughout the game, the competitor can walk away with the money earned up to that point - but it'll take nerves of steel to complete all 10 tasks to win $1 million. The competitors, who come from all walks of life, are shown over 60 games prior to the competition and are encouraged to practice these one-of-a-kind challenges at home. MINUTE TO WIN IT is produced by Universal Media Studios with Friday Television. Craig Plestis, Tim Puntillo, Mattias Olsson and Jock Millgardh serve as executive producers.
GSN is a multimedia entertainment company that offers original and classic game programming and competitive entertainment via its 75-million subscriber television network and online game sites. GSN's cross-platform content gives game lovers the opportunity to win cash and prizes, whether through GSN's popular TV game shows or through GSN Digital's free casual games, mobile and social games, and cash competitions. GSN is distributed throughout the U.S., Caribbean and Canada by all major cable operators, satellite providers and telcos. GSN and its subsidiary, WorldWinner.com, Inc., are owned by DIRECTV and Sony Pictures Entertainment. For further information, visit GSN at www.gsntv.com.
About NBCUniversal Cable & New Media Distribution:
The NBCUniversal Cable & New Media Division is responsible for sale of all NBCU content to both pay and basic cable and new media platforms domestically. This content includes all current television and film content from Universal Television, Universal Cable Productions, Universal Films, Focus Features; various acquired content and original content; and the NBCU's vast library of content. The division is also responsible for the sale of NBCU content to non-theatrical markets including airlines worldwide. Current programming includes: Parks and Recreation, Parenthood, The Office, 30 Rock, Saturday Night Live, Law & Order: SVU, House and film slates from Universal as well as Focus Films.