08 May 2012
Release date: 2 May 2012
ITV1 COMMISSIONS ‘LET’S GET GOLD’ HOSTED BY VERNON KAY FROM THAMES/SUPERHERO CO-PRODUCTION
ITV1 has ordered a brand new sports entertainment format, hosted by Vernon Kay, for Summer 2012.
Let’s Get Gold is a sport meets entertainment mini-series of three pre-recorded episodes, stripped across consecutive nights. Sporting teams from across the UK will battle it out in front of a panel of celebrity pundits from the worlds of showbusiness and sport. Over three nights, 15 teams will compete to transform their sport into the most spectacular and entertaining routine.
Teams will be putting their skills to the test, performing breath-taking activities to demonstrate their sporting prowess. Motivated by a £100,000 prize fund – and judged by a panel of two sporting legends and two heroes from the world of entertainment - the show will seek to identify amateur and professional groups displaying the best technique, skill and athleticism, but also those with creativity, style and flair.
Devised by Sebastian Scott of Predictable Media and developed by Superhero TV, Let’s Get Gold is a Superhero/Thames co-production.
Host Vernon Kay commented:
"With the Olympics just around the corner and sport fever hitting the UK this shows provides the stage for local sporting teams to show off their skills and sporting prowess in breath-taking performances. With a huge cash prize up for grabs and an all star panel of famous pundits from the worlds of showbiz and sport this series promises to be the ultimate sporting battle."
Head of Entertainment, Thames, Suzy Lamb said:
“This is a really exciting commission for Thames. In this Olympic year, Let’s Get Gold captures the nation’s mood perfectly, celebrating the UK’s biggest and brightest sporting talents.”
Sebastian Scott added: “Let’s Get Gold is a fusion of Britain’s two biggest passions – sport and entertainment. So we want this to be the Posh and Becks of talent shows. From rugby to rhythmic gymnastics, we’re looking for the most entertaining team in Britain.”
Let’s Get Goldwas commissioned by ITV’s Director of Entertainment and Comedy, Elaine Beddell and ITV’s Controller of Entertainment, John Kaye Cooper. John Kaye Copper commented: "Let's Get Gold will give Britain's sports teams the chance to show off their skill and creativity as the country gears up for a great summer."
Let’s Get Gold is a SuperHero/Thames co-production for ITV1. Contestants wanting to take part in the series should email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Let’s Get Goldis Executive Produced by Head of Entertainment, Thames Suzy Lamb, Mel Balac and Phil Parsons for Thames and Sebastian Scott and Lucas Green for Superhero TV.
For Superhero/Thames, Susan Wilks Tel: 020 7691 6137 email@example.com
Notes to editors:
FremantleMedia UK, is the UK production arm of FremantleMedia, the global production and content business of the RTL Group, Europe’s largest television and radio company. FremantleMedia UK, comprises of agroup of labels, Talkback, Retort, Boundless and Thames, which produce some of the UK’s most successful shows. The labels are headed up by some of the UK’s leading creative talent including Richard Holloway (Thames), Dan Baldwin (Talkback), Patrick Holland (Boundless) and Jon Rolph (Retort).Across the group the labelsprovide award winning programming for all major terrestrial, digital channels and digital outlets. With an unparalleled range of programming including: The X Factor,Britain’s Got Talent, Celebrity Juice, Take Me Out, Over The Rainbow, The Apprentice, You’re Fired, Can’t Take It With You, Four Rooms,Grand Designs, Great British Railway Journeys, Never Mind The Buzzcocks, TheIT Crowd, QI, The Rob Brydon Show,The Sinking of the Laconia, Kidnap and Ransom and Holy Flying Circus - the Group has aired over 450 hours of programming on terrestrial TV in the past 12 months alone.
Superhero TVwas founded in 2011 and is part of Sebastian Scott’s Predictable Media Ltd. Headed up by Lucas Green, Superhero specialises in entertainment formats and has already successfully developed commissioned formats for ITV, BBC, Sky1 and Channel 5. Predictable Media also includes Richard Ackerman’s Room 414 Productions and Richard Bacon’s Mox Productions. Sebastian previously set up television production company Princess Productions in 1996. He sold Princess to Elizabeth Murdoch’s Shine Group in 2006, and left Princess at the beginning of 2010. When he left Princess was the UK’s largest factual entertainment producer and 4th largest entertainment producer.