Smile! “Candid Camera” is Back!
TV Land to Launch New Version of the Iconic Hit Series “Candid Camera” This
NEW YORK -- April 9, 2014
TV Land is set to reboot the hidden camera reality television series “Candid
Camera,” with Ben Silverman's multimedia studio Electus and Peter Funt's
Candid Camera, Inc. co-producing, it was announced today by Larry W. Jones,
President of TV Land. TV Land is ordering 10 episodes to air this summer.
"A remake of Candid Camera is the perfect addition to our portfolio of
original series," said Jones. "The show is full of joyful laughter that
catches you off guard and leaves you in high spirits – exactly the outlook
that our brand embodies."
“Candid Camera” introduced the hidden camera concept to television in 1948,
and the series continued in several iterations over the course of more than 50
years. The landmark series concealed cameras to capture the reactions of
ordinary people being confronted with unusual and often challenging
situations. The payoff, when unsuspecting people are told, “Smile, you’re on
‘Candid Camera!’” is one of TV’s most memorable taglines.
In addition to Ben Silverman, the new show will be executive produced and
co-hosted by former “Candid Camera” host Peter Funt, son of the show’s
original creator and host, Allen Funt. "We'll be daring but respectful, funny
yet insightful," explained Peter Funt. "I can't think of better partners to
help pull this off than Electus and the team at TV Land."
"Candid Camera is one of the most innovative shows in television history and
we can’t wait to bring its unique and distinct style to today’s audience,"
said Silverman. "It is an honor to get to work on the brand with Peter Funt
and the team at TV Land.”
Funt and Silverman are executive producers. Larry W. Jones and Keith Cox will
serve as executive producers for TV Land. The package was handled by Mark
Itkin of William Morris Endeavor.
Additional casting, including a host, will be announced shortly.
About TV Land
TV Land is the programming destination featuring the best in entertainment on
all platforms for consumers in their 40s and 50s. Consisting of original
programming, classic and contemporary television series acquisitions, hit
movies and digital portfolio, TV Land is now seen in over 98 million U.S.
About Peter Funt and Candid Camera
Peter Funt has produced and hosted over 150 episodes of "Candid Camera" since
taking over for his late father. He is also a syndicated columnist, popular
comedic speaker, and author of two books. He began his career with ABC News in
New York, and then was a regular contributor to The New York Times and editor
of On Cable magazine, before teaming up with his dad. Candid Camera, Inc. is
the nation's foremost supplier of hidden-camera material for television as
well as the educational and corporate markets. For more about Candid Camera
Electus is the first integrated multimedia entertainment studio to unite
producers, creators, advertisers and distributors under one roof and produce
all forms of content for distribution across a variety of platforms around the
world, including: broadcast, cable, digital, OTT and various emerging
technologies. The company connects advertisers, distributors and content
creators early on in the development process, enabling marketers and
advertisers to be true partners in campaigns and content creation. Electus
International, the global distribution arm of Electus, is responsible for all
international sales and distribution for Electus' programming and its studio
partners as well as programs and formats from other well-known 3rd party
providers. Electus is an operating business of IAC (NASDAQ: IACI). For more
information on Electus, visitwww.electus.com.
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