Nickelodeon Greenlights The Crystal Maze, All-New Version of UK Hit Game Show

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    BURBANK, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Nickelodeon is bringing the legendary UK hit game show The Crystal
    to the U.S. in an all-new version, co-produced by Bunim/Murray
    Productions (The Real World, The Challenge, Born This Way) and
    RDF Television (Secret Life of 4 Year Olds, Wife Swap, Shipwrecked),
    all under the Banijay Group. A longtime staple of British pop culture
    and family entertainment, The Crystal Maze–considered the
    forerunner to the current escape room craze–is a competitive challenge
    featuring a family team who must utilize physical and mental skills to
    successfully navigate an elaborate labyrinth of four giant and immersive
    themed zones.

    Casting is underway on the new series (10 one-hour episodes) which
    begins production on the original set in Bristol, England, this summer.
    The show’s host, who guides the family through each challenge and
    adventure, and the series premiere, will be announced at a later date.

    “As Nickelodeon embraces co-viewing opportunities for every member of
    the family, The Crystal Maze brings a new type of action game and
    storytelling to audiences with its escape room-style gameplay and
    emphasis on collaboration and teamwork to win,” said Rob Bagshaw,
    Executive Vice President, Nickelodeon Unscripted Content.

    The Crystal Maze has long served as a staple of the UK
    entertainment landscape and we could not be happier to be reinventing
    the show for a younger demo alongside our sister companies, RDF and
    Stephen David Entertainment. Acting as the first series for BMP’s Kids
    and Family Division, the show will build on our reputation in the
    competitive game space and we’ve no doubt by partnering with
    Nickelodeon, we can build a new audience for this brand in the U.S.,”
    said Gil Goldschein, Chief Executive Officer, Bunim/Murray Productions.

    Nickelodeon’s version of The Crystal Maze will feature a team of
    family members tackling a range of challenges in zones collectively
    known as The Crystal Maze. Each successful game is rewarded with a ‘time
    crystal’ that equals five seconds in the centerpiece Crystal Dome. The
    adventure culminates in a spectacular finale, as the team enters the
    Dome to grab a cash prize as it flies around them during a dramatic
    clock countdown.

    A current ratings smash in the UK, The Crystal Maze has been a
    beloved family and cult favorite since the mid ‘90s, with the current
    global popularity of the escape room phenomena reigniting interest
    further. The show was recently rebooted to great success with celebrity,
    charity and family seasons in UK, Australia and beyond.

    The Crystal Maze is executive produced by Gil Goldschein and
    Maria Pepin from Bunim/Murray Productions, Neale Simpson from Fizz, part
    of RDF Television, and Stephen David from Stephen David Entertainment.
    Production of The Crystal Maze for Nickelodeon is overseen by Rob
    Bagshaw, Executive Vice President, Unscripted Content.

    About Bunim/Murray Productions

    Bunim/Murray Productions (BMP) is the leading producer of innovative
    entertainment content. The Emmy Award-winning company is widely credited
    with creating the reality television genre with its hit series The
    Real World,
    which is moving to Facebook after 32 seasons on MTV. BMP
    continued to innovate with the first reality game show, Road
     (MTV), in 1995; the first reality sitcom, The
    Simple Life
     (E!), in 2003; and the first reality soap opera, Starting
    , in 2003. BMP’s current programming includes Keeping up
    with the Kardashians, Total Divas
    and Total Bellas (E!),
    The Challenge
    and Lindsay Lohan’s Beach Club (MTV), Born
    This Way
     (A&E), Earth Live (National Geographic), The
    Real World
    and Ball in the Family (Facebook Watch), Endless
    and Growing Up is a Drag (Snapchat), Miz and Mrs. (USA
    Network), and Family or Fiance (OWN). BMP has also produced They
    Call Us Monsters
    (PBS), Valentine Road (HBO), Pedro (MTV)
    and the Emmy Award-winning Autism: The Musical (HBO) for BMP
    Films. Based in Glendale, CA, the company was founded in 1987 by
    Jonathan Murray and the late Mary-Ellis Bunim, who were inducted into
    the Television Academy’s Hall of Fame in 2012. The company joined
    Banijay Group in 2010.

    About Nickelodeon:

    Nickelodeon, now in its 40th year, is the number-one
    entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by
    putting kids first in everything it does. The brand includes television
    programming and production in the United States and around the world,
    plus consumer products, digital, location based experiences, publishing
    and feature films. For more information or artwork, visit
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    of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB).


    Ariana Urbont (Nickelodeon)
    [email protected]

    Humphreys (Banijay)
    [email protected]