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IONOCO’s stage-control system is at the heart of ITV’s innovative new daytime quiz show Ejector Seat (30 x 60 mins), which debuts next week on the UK commercial broadcaster.
The Remarkable Television format, fronted by Andi Peters, challenges six contestants to answer general-knowledge questions or be ejected — in the most literal sense — from the show. The players sit on imposing ‘ejector seats’ mounted on a 15-metre track.If contestants can answer questions correctly they stay sitting happily in their seat. But answer incorrectly and their seat travels backwards along the track. If the contestant reaches the edge before they can answer another question correctly, the player is tipped backwards from their seat and out of contention. The last player seated takes part in a final round for the chance to win up to £10,000.
James Fox, head of entertainment at Endemol-owned Remarkable Television, added:
“Ejector Seat is an incredibly complex show, all done on a tight turnaround and even tighter schedule. Ionoco was a joy to work with, bringing technical expertise, smart thinking and calm precision to the team. We look forward to working together again soon.”
In technical terms, ionoco’s bespoke stage-control system for Ejector Seat delivers all the game-play logic, data feeds, sound effects and lighting controls. The system also provides real-time information on the chair position, allowing for the perfect synchronisation of sound and lighting effects. Other features include graphic feeds to the control room, host information feeds, feeds to the chair-control operator to ensure safety and limit detection, MIDI sound and DMX lighting triggers, and the control of contestant panic and question buzzers.
Simon Ingram, ionoco Group’s chief executive, said:
“Ejector Seat is a great idea, but it’s also an idea that needs great technology to make it work. Chairs have to move in the right direction at the right moment, and be perfectly synchronised with sound and lighting effects. Contestants have to be catapulted out of the game dramatically but safely, with no risk to themselves, the studio audience or the crew. It’s been a challenge, but a hugely enjoyable one and we are very proud of the result.”
Ejector Seat was commissioned by Helen Warner at ITV. The executive producers are James Fox, Nick Mather and David Flynn. The series producer is Dom Waugh at Remarkable.