In March 2013, the German commercial channel RTL broadcast the first episode of the game show "Cash Crash". It was so successful that another four episodes will be broadcast this summer-this time as a celebrity edition. The game show format also aroused the interest of the American channel FOX...
"Cash Crash" was first brought to television by Shine Germany. The Swedish production company, Meter Television, developed the format for the game show. Meter Television is a member of the Shine Group.
The game show format also aroused the interest of the American channel FOX. On behalf of the US channel, Shine Germany produced a pilot episode titled "Don't Lose the Money" in the MMC studios in Cologne, in mid-February. The same studios are used for recording the German edition of "Cash Crash".
At the beginning of the shows "Don't Lose the Money" or "Cash Crash", the contestants are given a large amount of cash and are given the goal of getting as much of the money as possible through a game course.
The contestants try to move as many bundles of money as possible to the respective finish area of the physically demanding game, because: each bill and each bundle that hits the floor is irrevocably lost! The contestants may only keep the cash that they brought safely into the finish area.
The FOX pilot "Don't Lose the Money" was presented by host Mark L. Walberg, who has presented other FOX shows, such as "The Moment of Truth," "Test the Nation" or "Temptation Island."
"Don't Lose the Money" was developed by Meter Television (Shine Group) and was produced in the MMC studios in Cologne, by Shine Germany on behalf of FOX. Mark Achterberg directed the show pilot.
A total of 14 cameras were used for the HD-production at MMC studio 32. These included five Grass Valley (GVG) LDK 8000s, one GVG LDK 8300 Super SloMo camera, one GVG LDK 8000 camera on a SuperTechno 50 crane, one GVG LDK 8000 elite wireless handheld camera, and a GVG LDK 8000 elite wireless Steadicam.
For special camera settings (helmet camera etc.), four of GOPRO's HD Hero cameras and a Toshiba IK-HD1 lipstick camera were used.
The video signals were mixed on a GVG Kayenne XL (3.5 M/E) at MMC's HD control room 11. The playbacks were carried out via three channels on a Grass Valley Summit Server. One EVS XT2 was used for the highlight editing and the Super SloMo. For the recording, 16 Sony XDCAM VTRs were available.
On behalf of MMC, project manager Homa Tirandaz supervised the production. Theo Kuhlen (MMC Production Engineer) and Jan Schubert (MMC, Head of Operations) were the technical managers.
MMC's Art Department was in charge of the set construction for "Don't Lose the Money" based on a design by Wieder Design, and the implementation of the games. The tasks included set construction and decoration, game design and development, technical preparation and implementation, kinetics and safety technology, among others.
Photo: Recording of the FOX pilot "Don't lose the Money" at MMC Studio 32. © MMC / Herbert Fittinghoff