1000 to 1

A lighthearted game of cutthroat betrayal and backstabbing

 
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This is a game show that distills a reality-based elimination show’s entire season into one half-hour episode of cunning, emotionally intense strategy. We’ve deconstructed the reality format--throwing out challenges and other filler, and instead leaving only back-to-back eliminations until a winner emerges.

 

 

PILOT EPISODE

 
Seven contestants enter the arena. They might be meeting each other for the first time, or they may know each other from some earlier relationship.

Seven contestants enter the arena. They might be meeting each other for the first time, or they may know each other from some earlier relationship.

We go over the rules, and they are simple: one (or none) of these people will walk out with $1000, and it’s up to our contestants to decide who wins.

We go over the rules, and they are simple: one (or none) of these people will walk out with $1000, and it’s up to our contestants to decide who wins.

Throughout the gameplay, we focus on the conflicts and tensions that arise out of groups of people trying to build consensus, persuade others, and develop protocols.

Throughout the gameplay, we focus on the conflicts and tensions that arise out of groups of people trying to build consensus, persuade others, and develop protocols.

Losers sit adjacent to the arena, and are free to speak and verbally interfere in other players’ strategies.

Losers sit adjacent to the arena, and are free to speak and verbally interfere in other players’ strategies.

 

IN THER OWN WORDS

 
 
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"I'm pretty sure these are the worst humans I've ever met before."

- Joe

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This is by far the most messed up thing I've been a part of, just... wow.

-  Karlos

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I just won $200, so yeah, I'm happy.

- Shakera

 

Potential Future Episodes

This game is personality-driven rather than rule-based, and can thus be played an infinite number of ways through alliance building, persuasion, cunning, and appealing to others’ compassion. Imagine how these groups would play:

 
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Anarchists

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Drag Queens

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Sorority Sisters

 

Why People Will Watch This

 

The elimination-based game format is a time-tested formula for reality television. But in 1000 to 1, we’ve trimmed the fat from these shows down to just the nail-biting suspense, alliances, betrayals, and coalition-building that makes reality TV so bingeworthy.

 

In the absence of competitive challenges, we are left with a game that has as many strategies as there are players. Perhaps they’ll play out of altruism or using financial need as a criteria. We might also find that they’ll elect to use deception, calculation, and cunning instead. In either case, we watch as heroes and villains emerge in each game, and as the stakes raise exponentially with each elimination.


We watch 1000 to 1 because it is a microcosm of our social world--the show is multiple motivations and worldviews colliding in conflict with one another over the span of an episode. We want to see ourselves in the players’ positions as they navigate the game’s terrain, imagining what we would do instead.

 
 

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