Thailand's game show "Fan Pan Thae" goes to US
Octagon Entertainment Productions and Smoke & Mirrors Creative, a producer based in Los Angeles, are introducing one of Thailand's successful game shows "Fan Pan Thae" to American audience under the working title of "Obsessed".
The game show is the production of Workpoint Entertainment Plc, which has so far produced over 450 episodes. There was no financial value of the deal in the statement released on July 17.
"With over 450 episodes already produced for the international market, we know that this draws on a broad array of topics, information and challenges with proven success in attracting a broad audience with richly diverse contestants," said David Stanley, head of Octagon’s new production division, said in the joint statement.
"We already have several interested buyers and are recruiting contestants and potential hosts for a pilot," added Darryl Trell and Howard Kitrosser of Smoke & Mirrors. "We saw a hit in this property from the moment we found it and are encouraged that so many buyers feel the same way. It is exciting to be finally getting to the work of creating this show for the American audience."
Fan Pan Thae builds much of its fame from the innovative concept. Contestants with massive intellects and insane devotion square off in the ultimate battle of fan supremacy. Each week unique characters, all with a shared obsession, are given impossible questions and inconceivable tasks. Using one of their five senses, they will rely on their ability to recognise pictures, solve puzzles, and identify mystery objects as they compete for the prize of a lifetime IF they can prove they really are the ultimate "hardcore fan" (Sud Yord Fan Pan Tae) of everything from motorcyles to Barbie dolls in areas as diverse as sports, music, history, literature, science, geography and pop culture.
"I cannot imagine a better fit between our company’s expertise and this particular entertainment property, or anyone better equipped to bring it to U.S. television than the team we’ve put together," John Ferriter, managing director of Octagon Entertainment, concluded.