Quizmasters of the Mediaverse, the annual charity quiz hosted by The Lighthouse Company, has repeated the success of its inaugural event by raising thousands of pounds for Childline, part of NSPCC. The success of the evening has helped the Lighthouse raise over £30,000 for Childline in just over a year.
On the evening of Wednesday 22nd November, 30 teams from across the media, advertising and technology sector packed into London’s Café de Paris to compete for the title won last year by ITV Media. Filling the venue with their eight player teams, the action got underway when the formidable TV presenter and entrepreneur, Kate Thornton took to the stage for her hosting duties – ably supported by Kathleen Saxton and Bryan Scott from the Lighthouse.
Every team played 10 rounds; five traditional quiz rounds and five at-table picture rounds. The quiz rounds featured were Where & When, Bands & Beats, Fun & Games, Couch Potatoes & Culture and Bits & Bobs – the wisest of teams used their jokers carefully to double their points in their chosen round. On the tables, players had a variety of challenges including guess the logo, name the missing European countries, identify the mash up of faces and replace the title missed off the classic film posters.
The real drama came in the form of the Bonus Rounds based on classic game shows. Kate & Kathleen gracefully hosted Play Your Cards Right garnering much audience participation to gee on our contestants and the duo stepped up for the last game of the evening, The Generation Game where Gravity Road and News UK proved to be the teams with the strongest memories. A highlight of the night was a special one-off appearance (well, second year running) by Twitter’s David Wilding who hosted a brilliant live edition of the Blankety Blank Supermatch game he regularly plays on Twitter. Rubicon Project topped the scoreboard at end of the round, although a special shout out must go to Fetch’s Greg Grimmer – the only contestant to guess a top score phrase plucked from David’s mind.
The major talking point of the night came during the drama-fuelled Mastermind round. Rubin Rubinson (aka the Lighthouse CEO Daren Rubins) took seven players to task, under the spotlight, on their specialist subjects. We all thought Alex Beeden of Active International could not be beaten after an amazing answer round on “The Original West End Production of Miss Saigon” but then Alex Bailey, of Playbuzz took to the stage to answer questions on “Dinosaurs” and totally blew the audience away with his knowledge… scoring 11 out of 12, the highest of the evening, the name Dinosaur Man was the one on everyone’s lips.
Before the final scores were announced, a phenomenal prize draw saw seven lucky players pick up some great prizes and helped raise over £2,000 extra for Childline.
And then the scores were in… the tension was building from the moment we announced Verve as winners of our booby prize. Huge credit to the team there who took the ‘win’ with great pride.
After a full run through of placement from top to bottom, Kate unveiled our top 3 teams…
In 3rd place, ESI Media with 122 points.
In 2nd place, Oath with 123.5 points.
And taking the top place for the SECOND YEAR RUNNING, was ITV Media with 129 points – our 2017 Quizmasters champions.
A huge thank you to all of our teams for taking part and making Quizmasters of the Mediaverse such a fun and entertaining success, as well as a massive fundraiser for Childline.