Belfast Telegraph

Warner buys student's gameshow idea

A student's idea for a "psychological gameshow" could be heading to television after studio giants Warner Brothers picked it up.

Sean O'Riordan created Newton's Law as a graduation project while studying at the UK's National Film and Television School's (NFTS) TV department.

He said: "The most I can say is it's a psychological gameshow played between couples where one half faces their greatest fears so the other half can win their dream prize.

"It's about how far you would go for the other person in your life."

The 23-year-old, who lives in London but is originally from Tipperary in Ireland, described the show as a mixture of Derren Brown and The Crystal Maze.

O'Riordan also won a 5,000 US dollar (4,072 euro) cash prize after submitting his pilot for the show to the New York TV Festival where it was optioned by Warner Brothers.

He paid tribute to the Beaconsfield-based NFTS, which he said was "pretty unique".

He said: "It's the only educational institution where you get two years to develop an idea, the space and support to explore wacky paths and see what works while being taught by leading players in the field with great industry contacts and professional studio equipment.

"By the time we graduate, we know how to take an idea from development right through to production and editing at a professional level."

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