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Fremantle North America & Debmar-Mercury to Test-Run Judy Sheindlin Game Show ‘iWitness”

Six-Week Text Run to Begin on July 10

FremantleMedia North America (FMNA) and Debmar-Mercuryt are collaborating will with co-production partner Judge Judy Sheindlin’s Queen Bee Prods. on a six-week summer test for new game show “iWitness” (working title).Hosted by comedian John Henson (“Wipeout,” “Talk Soup”), the syndicated series is set to launch on Monday, July 10 on select Fox owned & operated stations in top markets, including New York.

The logline: the fast-paced game show, created by Sheindlin (“Judge Judy,” “Hot Bench”), will feature three contestants on each half-hour episode facing off to test their powers of observation. Contestants’ ability to recall what they’ve just witnessed will be tested through video clips and images spanning the media landscape. The winner will have a chance to advance to the final round and compete for a $20,000 grand prize.

Scott St. John (“Match Game,” “Celebrity Name Game”) will serve as showrunner of “iWitness” which FremantleMedia North America and Debmar-Mercury will launch nationally in fall 2018 (pending the results from the test-run). Debmar-Mercury will handle domestic distribution and FremantleMedia international distribution.

Jennifer Mullin, Co-CEO, FremantleMedia North America, said: “The best game show formats are simple, entertaining and engaging. This series, created by Judge Judy, offers just that. We’re excited to be partnering with Judy and our friends at Debmar-Mercury as we test this series with FOX Television Stations this summer.”

Mort Marcus and Ira Bernstein, co-presidents of Lionsgate-owned Debmar-Mercury, commented: “Judy’s phenomenal track record of success in television and on the bench has absolutely nothing to do with luck. She is brilliant and has struck once again with her latest ingenious concept – a highly addictive and entertaining game show format that we believe has strong potential to live on for many years to come. We are thrilled to be in business with her, and to once again team up with our friends and partners at FOX and Fremantle.”

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Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of weekly column “Mr. Television” for Campaign US (www.campaignlive.com). Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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