Katalyst teams with Fox21, Hat Trick on pilot
Ashton Kutcher’s Katalyst shingle has teamed with Fox21 and U.K. producers Hat Trick to import the Brit gamer “Game Show in My Head” — which just scored a pilot order from CBS.Project hails from across the pond but hasn’t yet been produced there. “Game Show” will feature contestants taking on crazy tasks while competing for $1 million. There’s also a hidden camera element — something familiar to Katalyst, which produces MTV’s “Punk’d.” Kutcher and Jason Goldberg are on board as exec producers for Katalyst Films and TV, while Hat Trick’s Jimmy Mulville and Leon Wilde (“Whose Line is it Anyway?”) are also EPs. CBS and the pilot’s producers are keeping a tight lid on the show’s content. A recent casting call for the show offered a few more hints, while asking for “everyday people who are ready for a little fun in extraordinary situations.” “Do you consider yourself a daredevil, a risk taker, a great salesman?” asks the casting sheet. “Can you talk an Eskimo into buying a block of ice? Sell a ketchup popsicle to a man in white gloves? Then you’re ready to star in the new CBS prime time TV pilot.” Pilot will be shot later this month. Coming off another hit season of CW’s “Beauty and the Geek,” Katalyst has several more skeins about to hit the air. The producer’s NBC skein “Wedding Crashers” and MTV entry “Hollyhood” both premiere in early April, as does the ninth (and final) cycle of “Punk’d.” Also in the works: The MTV series “Room 401,” as well as the cabler’s pilot “3 Kings” (along with RDF). On the scripted side, Katalyst is producing (through 20th Century Fox TV) the ABC pilot “Miss/Guided,” starring Judy Greer as a woman who returns to her old school as a guidance counselor. Katalyst is repped by Endeavor.
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