|First there was Big Brother, a Dutch produced show, which took reality TV by storm.|
Now, a young Dutch format development company Media Concern Productions BV is introducing a new multi-channel format ‘Casino.info’.
During the one-hour live show 10 studio players and 10 back-up players are competing to win as much money as they can. They have to answer questions correctly and can bet with the money they earned. The questions asked are various in news, sports, entertainment and other miscellaneous categories. Players are being selected through the Internet.
Players can answer questions on the site www.casino.info. Every day 50 new questions will appear on this site. The questions can be answered by text messaging or by calling a 0900-number. When the period is over the total amount of money collected is ready for the casino-game. But also the players for the live show are being chosen from all the people that answered the online questions.
'We are developing more cross-media formats for the international market We are being approached more and more by the world's leading production/distribution companies. We are interesting for these companies because we develop a complete TV format including a full working website for every region,' says Reinout te Brake, creative director of Media Concern Productions.
The 10 back-up players, who are completely unknown to the players have one function; support the studio players with good answers, by using books, friends and relatives and Internet. The back-up player, however, can be chosen by another studio player if other studio players drop out. However, the studio player has to split his earned money by the end of the show by three people.
The more back-up players the studio players gets, the more chance the studio player is not likely to make mistakes, but has to divide the money. After the studio player has given the right answer, a bet can be set on a roulette table. The last, and therefore only left over; studio player gets one final Casino question.
For every back-up player who answers the question correctly, the studio player receives US$10,000 dollars per back-up player. By every wrong answer a total amount of US$5,000 dollars will be deducted from the total prize money.