• Gameshow format licensed to Iberia, the Netherlands and France.

Red Arrow Studios International has scored its first wave of deals for the addictive new gameshow format Block Out, which challenges contestants to stay on the wall – or have a great fall – through a series of challenges. The format has been sold to Endemol Shine Iberia for Spain and Portugal, Tin Can for the Netherlands and GM6 for France.

Originally created by Nippon TV and Red Arrow Studios, the series made its debut in Thailand, where it proved to be a ratings winner for Channel 7 and subsequently sold to VTV in Vietnam and ANTV in Indonesia.

Bo Stehmeier, President at Red Arrow Studios International, said: “Part of our formats strategy is creating and representing energetic, bold and hilarious studio-based shows like Block Out, which the whole family can enjoy together. We’re looking forward to building on Block Out’s success in Asia and introducing audiences across Europe to this engaging and colourful series.”

In this fun new format, two teams of four players – each with their backs literally against a wall – battle it out in a variety of physical games, combining trivia, strategy, and chance.

The teams’ identical walls comprise more than 100 giant blocks. During two nail-biting rounds, wrong answers and bad judgments see blocks push out in a variety of combinations and speeds, forcing contestants into crazy positions to try and avoid being knocked into the pit below.

The team who keeps at least one contestant on the wall wins the round. The final sees both teams stand on their ledges above the pit. However, the leading team’s ledge is bigger. Incorrect answers make the entire wall creep forward, pushing contestants to the edge – and over it. As soon as one team has disappeared, the other is declared the winner and takes the big cash prize!

Red Arrow Studios Internationals holds worldwide rights (excluding Asia) to Block Out and these deals were concluded by Tobias Schulze, VP Sales, France & German-speaking territories and Maria Arroyo, Senior Sales Manager Italy, Spain, Portugal, Turkey, Israel and Latin America.