Heading into this year's Licensing Show, NBC Universal Television Consumer Products Group and Joy Tashjian Marketing Group, LLC (JTMG) have finalized a licensing agreement with Mattel, Inc. for the hit primetime series, "Minute to Win it." As part of the deal, Mattel has signed on to create board games that are expected to hit retail in the fourth quarter of 2010. JTMG is the agency of record for NBC Universal Television Consumer Products Group.
"The instant name recognition of 'Minute to Win it' is a terrific commodity for Mattel," said Joy Tashjian, President of JTMG. "We are very excited to capitalize on the tremendous popularity of the show and we are confident that the new game products will fly off shelves!"
"Mattel is the gold standard when it comes to board games and we are really pleased to add them to the 'Minute to Win it' licensing program," said Kim Niemi. Senior Vice President, NBC Universal Television Consumer Products Group. "The games promise to deliver the same rousing excitement as the show, and will be fun for the whole family."
"We translate entertainment brands to toys and games better than anyone in the industry," said Geoff Walker, Senior Vice President of Marketing, Mattel Brands. "We will give fans the ultimate at-home 'Minute To Win It' interactive game experience allowing them to recreate the nerve-wracking challenges seen on the show with family and friends in the comfort of their living room."
"As one of the top family friendly shows on television, we can't wait for 'Minute to Win it' fans to be able to give our inventive games a try at home." said Craig Plestis, Executive Producer of "Minute to Win it." "We know the games will translate perfectly from the small screen to the living room and will be a lot of fun for any gathering."
ABOUT MINUTE TO WIN IT
NBC's new competition show "Minute to Win it," hosted by All-American chef and television personality Guy Fieri ("Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives"), features competitors participating in a series of simple, yet nerve-wracking, games that can lead to a $1 million prize.
In each one-hour episode competitors will face 10 challenges that escalate in level of difficulty using everyday household items. Each game has a one-minute time limit and failure to finish the task on time will eliminate the contestant. At various points throughout the game, the competitor can walk away with the money earned up to that point - but it'll take nerves of steel to complete all 10 tasks to win $1 million. The competitors, who come from all walks of life, are shown over 60 games prior to the competition and are encouraged to practice these one-of-a-kind challenges at home.
Some of the challenges include:
HANKY PANKY - Using only one hand, the competitor must pull tissues out of a tissue box one-at-a-time until the box is empty.
JUNK IN THE TRUNK - A belt with an empty tissue box is attached around the competitor's waist and positioned against the contestant's back with the hole facing outwards. Ping-pong balls are placed inside the tissue box and the competitor must jump and wiggle to shake the balls out of the box without letting his hands touch the ground. All balls must be out of the box to complete the challenge.