"Deal or No Deal’ is still a big hit in primetime, but NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution is already gearing up to syndicate the game show as well, beginning in the Fall of 2008. Howie Mandel, who will continue to host NBC’s primetime run of the show, is set to host the new half-hour version being sold to local stations for Monday-through-Friday broadcasts. "My wife could not be more thrilled to have me out of the house and at work Monday thru Friday," quipped Mandel.
The syndicated version of Endemol USA’s Deal or No Deal will include all key elements that made NBC’s primetime version a breakout hit, with Mandel as host, the Banker, models, contestants risking big money and the same production team.
NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution sales executives have already sold the show to the NBC Universal stations in the nation’s top markets including WNBC-TV New York, KNBC-TV Los Angeles and WMAQ-TV in Chicago, WCAU-TV Philadelphia, KNTV-TV San Francisco and others, as well as to stations from CBS, Allbritton, Scripps, Sinclair and more in top markets.
"Deal or No Deal is a fun and entertaining game for families to watch together at home and root for their favorite contestants. It’s win all or lose all, as contestants have a chance to change their lives forever in a matter of minutes. Deal is a ratings success because it’s emotional, aspirational and most importantly, every moment counts," said Barry Wallach, President, NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution.
Deal or No Deal is produced by Endemol USA, a division of Endemol Holding. David Goldberg is the president of Endemol USA. The series is executive-produced by Scott St. John. The series is distributed in the U.S. by NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution.