LOS ANGELES, July 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Octagon Entertainment Productions and Smoke & Mirrors Creative are bringing the hugely successful, award-winning game show format Fan Pan Tae to American television. The series has been produced in Thailand for over 450 episodes by Workpoint Entertainment Public Co., Ltd. and the format is distributed worldwide by Small World IFT.
In Fan Pan Tae (U.S. working title "Obsessed") contestants with massive intellects and insane devotion square off in the ultimate battle of fan supremacy. Each week unique characters, all with a shared obsession, are given impossible questions and inconceivable tasks. Using one of their five senses, they will rely on their ability to recognize pictures, solve puzzles, and identify mystery objects as they compete for the prize of a lifetime IF they can prove they really are the ultimate "hard-core fan" (Sud Yord Fan Pan Tae) of everything from motorcyles to Barbie dolls in areas as diverse as sports, music, history, literature, science, geography and pop culture.
"With over 450 episodes already produced for the international market, we know that this draws on a broad array of topics, information and challenges with proven success in attracting a broad audience with richly diverse contestants," said David Stanley, head of Octagon's new production division. "We already have several interested buyers and are recruiting contestants and potential hosts for a pilot," added Darryl Trell and Howard Kitrosser of Smoke & Mirrors. "We saw a hit in this property from the moment we found it and are encouraged that so many buyers feel the same way. It is exciting to be finally getting to the work of creating this show for the American audience."
Smoke & Mirrors Creative is dedicated to producing dynamic original content for the internet, television and silver screen, including "Mobbed" with Howie Mandell which they created and Executive Produce (respectively). With 20 years of television experience producing over 145 shows in 61 countries, Small World IFT, founded in 2005 by Tim Crescenti and his wife Colleen, is a trusted name with broadcasters and producers throughout the world. Workpoint Entertainment Public Co. LTD. is a Thai media company founded in 1989 and responsible for over 80 television series, with 15 programs broadcast weekly on free television in 2011.
With nearly 100 years of combined entertainment experience, the Octagon Entertainment team has been responsible for the packaging, representation, and production of hundreds of television series and specials, as well as major film and radio work. Together with its history of directing the careers of some of the world's biggest hosts, presenters, talent, and comedians, Octagon Entertainment has become one of the true 360-degree entertainment companies in the industry. In addition, leading stakeholders in the sports and entertainment world continue to look to Octagon to provide leadership in understanding fans' passions and how these insights can build more effective, efficient and measurable marketing programs.
"I cannot imagine a better fit between our company's expertise and this particular entertainment property, or anyone better equipped to bring it to U.S. television than the team we've put together," offered John Ferriter, managing director, Octagon Entertainment.
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