Dick de Rijk, “Deal or No Deal” creator, interview at Banff World TV Festival 2010

Thursday, 8 July, 2010

Dick de Rijk, "Deal or No Deal" creator, at Banff 2010

Dick de Rijk, creator of the international sensation Deal or No Deal, attended 2010 Banff World TV Festival and I interviewed him to talk about the inspiration and process of how he created the successful TV format Deal or No Deal. Dick and I also chatted about the different international versions of the show including the Italian version and the highly rated Hong Kong version of Deal or No Deal known as “一擲千金” where the models were prominently featured on TVB’s website.

Here is my video interview with Dick de Rijk, creator of “Deal or No Deal“.


The following is Dick’s bio at Banff.

Dick de Rijk
Deal or No Deal

After working as a creative executive in the advertising and gaming industries, Dick partnered in 1999 with Joop van den Ende, creating some instant TV-successes in Holland. A year later he formed a creative team with John de Mol specializing in “global TV-formats”. In 2004, de Rijk signed an exclusive partnership with Endemol International that resulted in numerous worldwide format successes. In 2007, three of Endemol’s top-5 format properties were created by de Rijk, including their number one blockbuster – on air in some 150 countries – Deal Or No Deal. Under his new alliance with ProSiebenSat.1, Dick will be based out his offices in Hilversum, Netherlands.


PAC-MAN forever! – Sucked up 4.82 million work hours (so far!)

Sunday, 23 May, 2010

Lovely idea but don’t waste/spend too much time playing the 30th anniversary Google PAC-MAN doodle. A win-win cooperation between Google and NAMCO.

May 25, 2010 Update: Google’s Pac-Man logo sucked up 4.82 million work hours

[via Google’s PAC-MAN rules & Celebrating PAC-MAN’s 30th birthday]

The Impossible Test – Whiz kid’s iPhone app downloaded 2 million times

Saturday, 10 April, 2010

Interesting article. “Milton whiz kid’s iPhone app downloaded 2 million times – Naveen Sidhu is only 18, but his game The Impossible Test is an international hit

$289 and $100 Prizes

Monday, 30 November, 2009

Dec 9th Update: I’ve made a correction to “Prize offered by” in the $289 Prize. My apologies to GASARCH and thanks for pointing out my mistake.


Two Computational Complexity Prizes/Challenges

Note: I don’t know if these prizes have been claimed already. And if you think the challenges are dead easy, then your solutions are most likely wrong. :)


A $289 Prize

Prize offered by: GASARCH Stephen Fenner, Charles Glover and Semmy Purewal

Posted on: Nov 30, 2009

Challenge Description:The 17×17 challenge. Worth $289. This is not a joke.

Dec 2, 2009 update: More comments on people’s comments posted here.


A $100 Prize

Prize offered by: Mark Braverman, Stephen Cook, Pierre McKenzie, Rahul Santhanam, Dustin Wehr

Posted on: Aug 27, 2009

Challenge Description: Slides for talk “Branching Programs: Avoiding Barriers (PostScript .ps file)”, presented Aug 27, 2009 at the Barriers Workshop in Princeton. See the last slide for a $100 Prize offer.” [via my former professor Prof. Stephen A. Cook’s website]

Guitar Hero Charles Huang, Co-Founder, RedOctane

Wednesday, 25 November, 2009

Excerpt from UC Berkeley talk info,

RedOctane was founded in 1999 by Kai Huang and Charles Huang and is best known for its Guitar Hero games. During August 1999, they began operation as the world’s first online video game rental service. In 2000 the company expanded into premium video game accessories, starting first with the RedOctane dance mat which the existing products at the time. They would later become better known for the Ignition dance pads and other video game accessories including arcade joysticks, drums, and guitars for existing music games.”

One of my favourite slide in the talk is the slide of the reasons investors gave when they refused to invest in the company. The last reason is especially funny.

UCBerkeley talk by Guitar Hero Charles Huang, Co-Founder, RedOctane

TVO: Uncle Spam Wants You!

Tuesday, 17 November, 2009

Audio show in mp3 repost from TVO Search Engine,

American military recruiters have moved online, using web quizzes, Xbox shooters and sophisticated data mining to woo young recruits. Post your comments on the Search Engine blog: http://www.tvo.org/searchengine

Make it fun …

Saturday, 10 October, 2009

Video 1: How to get people to use the stairs

Video 2: How to get people to throw their trash into the bin

Looking forward to watching their next one.

Note: I actually enjoy this new form of viral advertising. From VW TheFunTheory.com

“This site is dedicated to the thought that something as simple as fun is the easiest way to change people’s behaviour for the better. Be it for yourself, for the environment, or something entirely different, the only thing that matters is that it’s change for the better.”

[via Andreas]

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