Aug 22, 2016
The format challenges self-proclaimed geniuses to prove they are as smart as they think are, bombarding contestants with a ‘relentless’ stream of general knowledge questions. UK broadcaster ITV launched the 4x60 mins prime time event yesterday (22 August), hosted by TV presenter and newspaper columnist Giles Coren.
ionoco has provided all the studio graphics and gameplay systems, which include multiple synchronous millisecond timer clocks and LED screen feeds. The company’s bespoke game-show technology also synchronously controls the lighting cues and effects, along with the play-out audio. The management of the question data and the pre-show proofing is also handled by ionoco’s proprietary system.
The same ionoco technology, infrastructure and services were also supplied to the US version of 500 Questions, the second season of which aired on ABC in July. “In a world of global uncertainly, the one constant in our line of business is the demand for formatted game-show technology, which allows creativity and efficiencies to be shared across territories, saving time, cost and the potential for error,” said ionoco CEO Simon Ingram. “The one question I can answer is that 500 Questions is a brilliant show. It’s been a real pleasure to help it transition from the US to the UK.”