RMC Story commissions revival of iconic French gameshow “Le Bigdil” (“Let’s Make A Deal”)
June 3, 2024

Altice Media-owned RMC Story is set to revive the French gameshow Le Bigdil, a format based on US format Let’s Make a Deal from US prodco Marcus/Glass.

The move comes after RMC Story inked a deal with London-based boutique distributor Can’t Stop Media, which distributes the format.

Le Bigdil originally aired from 1998 to 2004 on TF1, which aired 1,400 episodes. The revival, produced by Satisfaction Group-owned Ah! Production, will be broadcast in primetime starting early 2025 on RMC Story and its streaming platform, RMC BFM Play.

The French show will feature the original host Vincent Lagaf and CGI alien Bill, along with his family.

The news follows some recent international success for the Let’s Make a Deal format. In Indonesia, gameshow Super Deal – based on the same format – was extended to a seven-day schedule on GTV, reaching 500 episodes since its 2022 relaunch.

In Hungary, the show is in its second season on TV2, while the US version on CBS continues to air, with 3,000 daytime episodes since 2009 and a primetime run. So far, Let’s Make a Deal, created by American host Monty Hall in 1963, has been produced in 24 countries.

Stéphane Sallé de Chou, general manager at Altice Media Entertainment TV, said: “We are very proud to welcome this legendary French television gameshow to RMC Story and RMC BFM Play. Given Vincent Lagaf’s iconic status and his original role in the show, it was only natural for him to lead the revival. Le Bigdil is a brand that resonates with all audiences and will be a must-watch on TV, streaming, and social media.”

“As former viewers of the show, we’ve always believed the return of Le Bigdil/Let’s Make a Deal in France was inevitable,” added Can’t Stop Media partners Arnaud Renard and Matthieu Porte in a joint statement.

“We’re confident it will be one of the most talked-about TV events of the year. As the format’s distributor, we hope this commission will inspire many broadcasters to adapt this classic format, which remains a top performer in the US and other territories.”

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