Craig Ferguson to Host Syndicated Game Show ‘Celebrity Name Game’
via press release:
Craig Ferguson to Host New Game Show from Fremantle, Debmar-Mercury, Courteney Cox, David Arquette and Scott St. John
FREMANTLEMEDIA NORTH AMERICA AND DEBMAR-MERCURY JOIN FORCES ON NATIONALLY SYNDICATED GAME SHOW, “CELEBRITY NAME GAME” HOSTED BY CRAIG FERGUSON
HALF-HOUR STRIP DEVELOPED BY COURTENEY COX, DAVID ARQUETTE AND VETERAN SHOWRUNNER SCOTT ST. JOHN
Los Angeles and New York, Oct. 28, 2013 – FremantleMedia North America and Debmar-Mercury, Lionsgate’s television distribution and syndication company, have joined forces to offer “Celebrity Name Game.” The fast-paced game show, in which celebrities team with contestants to identify famous names, including actors, singers, athletes, pop culture figures, politicians and even cartoon characters, is scheduled for a fall 2014 nationally syndicated launch with “The Late, Late Show’s” Craig Ferguson hosting.
Courteney Cox and David Arquette’s Coquette Productions (“Cougar Town”) developed the half-hour strip based on the board game Identity Crisis with Scott St. John (“Deal or No Deal”), who will also serve as showrunner.
Thom Beers, CEO, FremantleMedia North America, commented, “‘Celebrity Name Game’ is a hilarious and innovative rapid-fire game show that combines the best of pop culture with the best of comedy. We’ve had incredible success bringing world-class comedians to the world’s most successful game shows with talents such as Drew Carey, Steve Harvey and Wayne Brady. We are delighted to add the ultra-talented and witty Craig Ferguson to our family as he drives the competition and brings nonstop laughter to viewers at home. All of that combined with the fantastic partnership we’ve had with Debmar-Mercury and the incredibly funny and dynamic duo that is Courteney Cox and David Arquette – this show just spells laugh-out-loud magic!”
Debmar-Mercury Co-Presidents Mort Marcus and Ira Bernstein commented, “‘Celebrity Name Game’ will make the perfect companion to ‘Family Feud’ in early fringe and access time slots next fall. It has every element needed for success: a great concept; a hugely popular and very funny host in Craig who, like Steve Harvey, is very natural and comfortable in the role; a who’s who list of celebrity guests that only Courteney and David can attract; outstanding production auspices with our ‘Feud’ production partners at Fremantle; and the vast experience of a highly in demand showrunner like Scott. There are no other boxes left to check.”
As host of “Celebrity Name Game,” Ferguson will bring his talent as a standup comedian, actor, writer and host to the game show arena. Ferguson found his true voice on his talk show, giving viewers reason to stay up late. The popular Scottish native’s honest, self-effacing style of humor has attracted a loyal audience and allowed him to display his slashing wit, unscripted monologues and disarming personal candor. He has also found time for voiceovers on animated films, including DreamWorks Animation’s How to Train Your Dragon (2010) and Disney-Pixar’s Brave (2012).
Said Ferguson, “I have to do a show which is of interest to me and ‘Celebrity Name Game’ is certainly that. What a wonderful concept with such great potential, from two of my favorite people, Courteney and David.”
Cox commented, “We are such huge fans of game shows and believe Celebrity Name Game has the potential to truly stand out. We want viewers to have as much fun watching this series as we have had playing it with friends, many of whom are also big fans and want to be a part of this. Add in Craig, who is hilarious, and we have something really special here that will resonate with viewers.”
Added Arquette, “It’s so much fun bringing a game we love to play, a game that everyone we know plays, and spicing it up for everyone across America to play together.”
St. John noted, “This project is a funny, fun, engaging show. Everything a great game show should be. To have the opportunity to work with Craig, Courteney, David and the folks at Fremantle and Debmar-Mercury, I couldn’t be more excited.”
The project marks the second collaboration between FremantleMedia North America (“Family Feud,” “The Price is Right,” “Let’s Make a Deal,” “American Idol,” “The X Factor,” “America’s Got Talent”) and Debmar-Mercury. “Family Feud”, their first venture, has resulted in spectacular ratings success.
“Celebrity Name Game” is co-produced and co-financed by FremantleMedia North America and Debmar-Mercury, and is distributed domestically by Debmar-Mercury and internationally by FremantleMedia North America. The show was developed by Coquette Productions and is based on the board game, Identity Crisis, created by Laura Robinson and Richard Gerrits of North 44 Productions. Executive Producers are Scott St. John, Thom Beers, Jennifer Mullin, Courteney Cox and David Arquette.
About FremantleMedia North America:
FremantleMedia North America (FMNA) is the U.S. arm of global media giant FremantleMedia, which includes a distribution arm, FremantleMedia International, a digital and branded entertainment division and a kids & family entertainment business. As the world’s largest independent studio, FremantleMedia’s comprehensive global network has operations in 25 countries, creating over 9100 hours of programming a year, rolling out more than 60 formats and managing over 400 individual titles. FMNA and its portfolio of companies produce entertaining and innovative scripted and alternative programs for network, cable, syndicated and online platforms. Their slate includes a diverse range of both critically-acclaimed and award-winning successes including “American Idol” (FOX), “The X Factor” (FOX), “America’s Got Talent” (NBC), “Family Feud” (SYN), “Let’s Make A Deal” (CBS), “The Price Is Right” (CBS), “Lights, Camera, Christmas!” (ABC), “The Tomorrow People” (The CW), “Deadliest Catch” (Discovery), “Married to Medicine” (Bravo), “Ice Road Truckers” (HISTORY), “Storage Wars” (A&E) and “The Pet Collective” (blip.tv), among others.
Debmar-Mercury, a leading media company specializing in syndication, network, cable and ancillary markets, produces and distributes for daytime television The Wendy Williams Show and has U.S. distribution rights to Fremantle Media North America’s Family Feud; distributes Tyler Perry sitcoms House of Payne and spinoff Meet the Browns; Lionsgate Television’s Anger Management (starring Charlie Sheen and entering off-network syndication in September 2014), Saint George (starring and co-created by George Lopez, debuting in 2014 and in off-network syndication in September 2016) and a new untitled sitcom (starring comedy legends Martin Lawrence and Kelsey Grammer, set to premiere in 2014 and entering broadcast syndication in fall 2017), all for FX; Revolution/CubeVision’s Are We There Yet? (starring Ice Cube); and has U.S. TV distribution rights to South Park, Hell’s Kitchen and a movie library featuring titles from Revolution Studios. Debmar-Mercury is a wholly owned subsidiary of Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF), a leading global entertainment company.
About Coquette Productions
Coquette Productions, founded by Courteney Cox and David Arquette, with development executive Thea Mann, is a television and film production company focusing on creating dynamic, original and entertaining content. Under a first-look deal with ABC Studios, Coquette has produced Cougar Town for ABC and TBS; Daisy Does America for TBS; Dirt for F/X and Mix it Up for WE. Additionally, Coquette has sold projects/filmed pilots for UPN, FOX, CBS, HBO, The Travel Channel, NBC, Lifetime, MTV and Comedy Central. Coquette has also produced the feature film Just Before I Go, directed by Courteney Cox.