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Silverman, Burnett play ‘Big Time’

Electus to bring Chinese game show to the U.S.

Ben Silverman’s Electus shingle is partnering with Mark Burnett to bring the Chinese gamer “Big Time Spender” to U.S. audiences.

As part of its first-ever slate of TV and multimedia programming, Electus also has a U.S. rights to the Canadian series “Hiccups” in the works, as well as a food-based competish show, projects culled from Israel-based Abbot Reif Hameiri’s library, and an Internet project from thesp Vanessa Williams.

“A number of our projects are truly bridging the gap between traditional television, the internet and other media platforms,” Silverman said.

Electus announced its development lineup on the eve of next week’s Mip TV confab in Cannes.

“Big Time Spender” was created by Swedish-based Bringiton and produced for China’s CCTV — repping the first time a Western-owned format was successfully broadcast there, Electus said.

The reality gamer centers on contestants who compete to become the nation’s smartest shopper. Electus, Mark Burnett and Bringiton will produce, while creator Martin Gisselman will remain involved in the U.S. version.

“Hiccups,” from Canada’s Thunderbird Films, centers on a children’s author with anger management issues who gets help from a life coach. Canadian comedy star Brent Butt created and stars in the show.

The food competish “Munch Madness: The National Food Tournament” takes elements from the Eurovision Song Contest and the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament to create a bracket-style faceoff among U.S. restaurants.

Sharp Entertainment (“Man Vs. Food”) is producing with Electus, making this the first of three projects the two companies have agreed to partner on.

Electus’ previously-announced partnership with Abbott Reif Hamieri has so far resulted in development of the Israeli gamer format “Cuckoo’s Nest,” as well as the Israeli docudrama “TLV,” about four twentysomething roommates.

On the web, “Ugly Betty” star Vanessa Williams and producing partner Michael Gruber are co-producing the series “Stylized with Patricia Field,” in which stylist Field makes over ordinary women.

And the dance competish “Ready, Set, Dance,” from Notional execs Cleve Keller and Dave Noll, will utilize both TV and the web.

Electus has also partnered with recently launched production/distribution entity Engine Entertainment to co-produce the interactive game show “Thumb Wars.”

Show will use Smart Phone apps for clues in order to find a hidden treasure. Stimulii created the show, which started out on South Africa’s SABC network. Engine CEO Chris Philip and Michel Rodrigue will exec produce with Silverman.

“Ben and his team move fast and understand complex product and digital integration,” Philip said.

Electus said it announce its scripted development at a later date.

Silverman is partnered with IAC on Electus, while Electus Distribution is a venture between Silverman and Shine International.

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