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TVC takes rights to Millionaire Nigeria

African broadcaster and media company TVC Communications has secured broadcast rights to air this year’s edition of the Nigerian version of UK gameshow format Who Wants to be a Millionaire?.

Ronan Redmond

The Nigerian show is sponsored by payments and financial technology company UP, in collaboration with BLK Hut Media, producer of the Nigerian version of the show, under licence from format owner Sony Pictures Television.

TVC Communications commercial director Ronan Redmond said: “We are happy to announce that we have acquired the right to air the new season of Who Wants to be a Millionaire? on our pure entertainment channel TVC. WWTBAM will run for one hour on TVC every Sunday between 21.00 and 22.00 for 52 weeks.

“This means that our audience of more than 5.5 million viewers will have the opportunity to watch the return of WWTBAM on TVC with a bang that would create lasting memories in their minds.”

Frank Edoho

“What can I say? I’m happy, grateful and excited to be part of the historic success of the airing of this first episode of the series. Frank Edoho is a stupendous host and the positive feedback from Nigerians make all the sacrifices worth the wait,” added the CEO of BLK Hut, Hakeem Condotti.

WWTBAM airs on TVC on Sundays at 21.00 and on GOtv channel 27, and StarTimes channel 121. WWTBAM Nigeria debuted on Silverbird TV in 2004.

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Nigeria version of quiz Millionaire rebooted

Who Wants to be a Millionaire? originally aired from 2004 for 13 years

Television gameshow format Who Wants to be a Millionaire? is coming back to Nigerian TV screens after being off-air since 2017.

The news was announced at an event in Lagos. Themed The Rebirth, the new season will once again be hosted by Nigerian TV presenter Frank Edoho, who fronted the original  which aired between 2004 and 2017.

The producers said the ultimate prize to be won on the show is N20m (US$48,000). The new season will start broadcasting in March and will run for 52 weeks.

To update the format, a new lifeline named Ask the Host has been introduced to aid contestants when they are stuck on questions while others include 50-50, Call a Friend and Ask the Audience.

Edoho took to Twitter to say: “I assume you know by now that I have been offered the role of host of WWTBAM Series 2. My immense gratitude goes to all of you for hoping that I get the job. Thank you for your kind wishes and felicitations. God bless you all.”

The show is sponsored by payments and financial technology company UP, in collaboration with BLK Hut Media, producer of the Nigerian version of the show, under licence from format owner Sony Pictures Television.

Agada Apochi, managing director of UP, said: “We are sponsoring Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? to entertain, educate and excite Nigerians. The return of WWTBAM is coming with a bang that would create lasting memories in the audience’s minds. It is going to keep them on the edge of their seats as new millionaires emerge from the show.”

Who Wants to be a Millionaire? started in the UK, created and produced by production company Celador for ITV in 1998. The Nigerian version aired on NTA and Silverbird TV from 2004 for 13 years. Sony acquired the rights to the globe-trotting format in 2008.

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Nigeria unearths Sony’s Dragons’ Den

Lagos-based Ultima Studios has announced it will be producing the Nigerian adaption of TV gameshow Dragons’ Den, through a deal with Sony Pictures Television (SPT).

Femi Ayeni

The Nigerian version will be called Lions’ Den. The format originated in Japan as Money Tigers before going on to be produced in 30 other countries, with names including Dragons’ Den, Shark Tank and Lions’ Den.

Contestants on the show pitch their business ideas to five entrepreneurial judges – called the Lions in the Nigerian version – who decide if their idea is profitable and worth investing in or not.

The pact continues Ultima’s relationship with SPT, as the two are already behind the Nigerian version of gameshow Who Wants to be a Millionaire? for the NTA network.

Ultima CEO Femi Ayeni told the press: “Ultima’s choice of Lions’ Den as its next venture is a celebration of the entrepreneurial spirit of Nigerians.

“The programme will not only provide exciting viewing for viewers at home but will also provide an opportunity for serious entrepreneurs to attract much-needed investment.

Mark Young

“Furthermore, as has been the case in all other countries where the show is running, it is not just the entrepreneurs but also the viewers at home that will benefit from the comments made by the Lions.”

Mark Young, SPT’s senior VP of distribution for the UK, Iberia and Africa, said: “Sony Pictures Television already has a fantastic and longstanding relationship with Ultima and we are thrilled to be working alongside them once more to bring Lions’ Den to Nigeria.

Ultima last year announced plans to launch the Nigerian adaptation of gameshow Family Feud. This week Ayeni confirmed the show was underway, following Ultima’s deal with rights holder FremantleMedia.

Ultima is yet to announce the launch date of these shows or the channels they will air on. Content Nigeria contacted the company, but is yet to get a response.

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Family Feud heads to Nigeria

Lagos-based production company Ultima has picked up rights to long-running US gameshow format Family Feud and plans to launch a Nigerian adaptation.

Ultima is the company behind the Nigerian version of popular TV gameshow Who Wants to be a Millionaire? and Project Fame West Africa, but said its adaptation of Family Feud will gain more success than its previous shows.

“Ultima is ready to launch the format for Nigerian audience later in the year, and this move promises to be another success, even bigger than Who Wants to be a Millionaire?, Project Fame West Africa and any other from our stables.”

The Nigerian version of Millionaire has aired on NTA since 2004, while talent show Project Fame West Africa, an adaptation of Fame Academy, has aired since 2008 in Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone on broadcasters including TVC, MITV, DBN, SoundCity, ONTV and GetTV.

Family Feud, distributed by FremantleMedia International, is a gameshow in which two families of five contestants compete to name the most popular responses to survey questions in order to win cash prizes and goody bags. The original version premiered in 1976 on ABC in the US.

Ultima has yet to announce when Family Feud will be premiered or on which channels it will air. Ultima is one of the leading media production companies in sub-Saharan Africa, delivering end-to-end TV programmes, post-production facilities and multi-platform distribution channels.

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