Sony Pictures Television Releases Hounds in Germany

Jörn Krieger | 28-01-2014

Sony Pictures Television (SPT) has licensed Release the Hounds to German commercial TV broadcaster ProSieben, marking the first international format deal for the horror game show after its UK debut.

The deal was struck by SPT Productions Germany which will produce a two-hour special for ProSieben to air in March 2014. The German version will be called Scream! If you Can and be filmed in partnership with the show's creator Gogglebox Entertainment in the UK.

"Release the Hounds caused a stir when we first pitched the format; it is unlike anything else on TV with its unique mix of horror and game play," said Astrid Quentell, managing director and senior vice president of the German production unit at Sony Pictures Television. "ProSieben is the perfect partner as we set out to terrify German audiences with the scariest game show on television."

Release The Hounds sees unsuspecting contestants enter a forest at dusk where they face terrifying challenges to get their hands on money locked in chests. But if they want to keep it they have to out-run a pack of hounds guarding the treasure.

Release the Hounds first debuted on ITV2 in October last year as a special which almost doubled its audience during the week and generated the UK's No 1 trend on Twitter during broadcast. On the back of this success, ITV2 last week ordered a full series for 2014.

The format was created by Gogglebox Entertainment, a joint venture with SPT, and is distributed globally by SPT.