Derek O'Brien & Associates has been producing television shows for over 10 years and has worked with a wide spectrum of television channels. Starting out with the Cadbury Bournvita Quiz Contest (1994), Derek O'Brien & Associates has worked with Zee TV, Sony Entertainment Television, Sun TV, Surya TV, CNBC, NDTV 24x7, Times Now, Doordarshan and Colors.
Derek O'Brien & Associates was awarded the prestigious 'Indian Television Award' (2001 & 2002) & 'Indian Telly Award' (2002 & 2003) for the Best Children's Programme. In 2003 CBQC was one of the few Indian programmes to win awards at the "Asian Television Awards" in Singapore.
The Bournvita Quiz Contest occupies a special place in the history of Indian education. Started as a radio programme in 1972, the event has over the years pioneered and popularized inter-school quizzing in India. The contest shifted to television in June 1994, where it continued to be an extremely popular programme for more than a decade, till May 2005. The Cadbury Bournvita Quiz Contest
was voted the second best game show at the Asian Television Awards 2000 held in Singapore in 2000, and the Best Quiz Show/Game Show at the Indian Television Academy Awards in 2002 and 2003. The Cadbury Bournvita Quiz Contest
continues to hold the record of the longest-running inter-school English language quiz show on television.
Zee TV (1994 to 2000)
1972 - A lazy Sunday morning. As radios across India crackled to life, millions heard the Cadbury Bournvita Quiz Contest (CBQC) for the very first time. Little did they know that they were 'listening' to history being created.
The Cadbury Bournvita Quiz Contest had succeeded in making quizzing one of the nation's most popular events after one-day cricket. But, more importantly, the Cadbury Bournvita Quiz Contest had occupied a very special place in the history of Indian education. Schools were more than proud to be a part of the Cadbury Bournvita Quiz Contest.
After its unparalleled success on radio; in 1994, the Cadbury Bournvita Quiz Contest made its way to the 'future of media'- television. Since then, there has been no looking back! The first television event took the CBQC to 900 schools across 30 Indian cities. Soon, its popularity took the show beyond India and schools from the Middle East became part of the CBQC family. The Cadbury Bournvita Quiz Contest reaches out to over 4000 schools in more than 66 cities across 7 countries (UAE, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman, Nepal and India). Till date there is no show that can boast of such a tremendous reach, goodwill and support from national and international schools.
In July 2000, the Cadbury Bournvita Quiz Contest launched an intra-school event in an effort to let every child enjoy the CBQC experience. It took the quiz into every classroom across over 4000 schools. The event was a tremendous success and schools responded with continued support and encouragement.
Sony Entertainment Television (2001 to 2006)
After enjoying a successful stint on Zee TV, CBQC shifted to Sony Entertainment Television in 2001. In March 2001, the Cadbury Bournvita Quiz Contest took over 100 participants and 30 crew members to the spectacular Emerald Isle - Sri Lanka for a special international schedule, a first on Indian television for any quiz show. Serious work on sun-kissed beaches, mixed with the wanderlust of a backpacker; business and pleasure met like sand and sea. Sri Lanka proved to be an eyeful of soothing, undulating greens: the spice gardens along the way made for a unique fragrance that stayed through the 7 day journey and lingers on in memory of a family of over 130, who shared this unique experience.
In 2003, after the overwhelming response we received from schools and viewers alike, in association with Kerala Tourism Development Corporation, we took another 130 students to 'God's Own Country' - Kerala. From backwater sunset cruises to Kalaripayyutu, or just trying to fathom the secret of the famous Aranmula mirrors while enjoying platefuls of appams and stew, the students got a taste of the quintessential Kerala!
In May 2004, an outdoor schedule was held on Utorda Beach in Goa. Another schedule was held at Indian Military Academy, Dehradun in July 2004
A small step taken by Derek O'Brien & Associates (then Big Ideas) and Cadbury India Ltd has today become what the Limca Book of Records calls 'The Largest Television Quiz Show'.
The first year on Pogo witnessed an interesting format, for the first time on Indian television! Teachers pitted their general awareness skills against students in an interesting and exciting contest.
BQC Winners Roll of Honour
1994-1995, Mumbai Studio
Campion High School, Mumbai
Rohan John / Bharat Jaikumar
1995-1996, Mumbai Studio
Kendriya Vidyalaya, Powai, Mumbai
Eipy Koshy / Gaurav Shah
1996-1997, Mumbai Studio
Bombay International High School, Mumbai
Nirica Borges / Advait Behara
1997, Mumbai Studio
Mount St. Mary’s School, New Delhi
Joe Christy / Maninder Singh Jessel
1997-1998, Mumbai Studio
Bombay Scottish High School, Mumbai
Shaambhavi Pandyaa / Rahul Lalmalani
1998, Mumbai Studio
Sacred Heart Convent School, Jamshedpur
Ela Verma / Lavanya Raghavan
1998-1999, Mumbai Studio
Indian School Al Ghubra, Muscat
Anand Raghavan / Hitesh Kanvatirtha
1999, Mumbai Studio
Maneckji Cooper High School, Mumbai
Ipsita Bandopadhaya / Gourav Bhattacharya
1999-2000, Mumbai Studio
Chettinad Vidyashram, Chennai
Siddharth / Karthik Das
2000-2001, Mumbai Studio
Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Hyderabad
Ananya Bhaskar / Aksha Anand
2001 September, Mumbai Studio
Ankur Bharadwaj / Shray Sharma
2001 September, Mumbai Studio
Little Flower High School, Hyderabad
G Mithilesh / K Siddharth Reddy
2002 February, Sri Lanka, Bentota
GD Birla Centre for Education, Kolkata
Namrata Basu / Rituparna Dey
2002 June, Mumbai Studio
Kerala Samajam Public School, Jamshedpur
Saurav Biswas / Kunal Mohan
2002 September, Mumbai Studio
Jamnabai Narsee School, Mumbai
Sharan Narayanan / Vishnu Shrest
2003 January, Kerala
Naval Public High School, Mumbai
Apoorva Sharma / Abhishek Pandit
2003 May, Kolkata
St. Patricks Higher Secondary School, Asansol
Pushpen Dasgupta / Shamik Ray
2003 October, Sangla
St. Agnes Loreto Day School, Lucknow
Aastha Srivastava / Illa Gupta
2004, Swabhumi, Kolkata
Apeejay School, Jalandhar
Mohit Thukral / Sahil Sareen
2004 May, Kenilworth, Utorda, Goa
Springdales School, Delhi
Anirudh Sridhar / B Anuraag
2004 July, Indian Military Academy, Dehradun
The mother’s International School, Delhi
Krittika Adhikary / Milind Ganjoo
2004 November, Kolkata Studio
Amity International, New Delhi
Aishwarya Singhal / Adarsh Modi
2005 February, Kolkata Studio
St. Kabirx, Ahmedabad
Yogarshi Vyas / Helish Sharma
2005 May, Kolkata Studio
Akshay Sharma / Avantika Singh
After a hiatus of 3 years from television, the most popular quiz show in the country made its return in August 2011, on Colors channel. 27 schools (former winners and finalists) pan India were invited to participate in this nostalgic return of the Bournvita Quiz Contest, with nine semi-finals, three finals and a grand finale — 14 episodes in all. The show was shot over five days from August 3 to 7 — with the familiar BQC logo flashing in the background and nervous participants waiting for their place on the podium.
While it retains its original essence and traditional goodness, the quiz show now has a new format and is bilingual. In addition to quizmaster Derek O’Brien, in its new avatar, the BQC 2011 is co-hosted by Saumya Tandon. Also a first, people can now post their videos on www.youtube.com/bournvitaquizcontest
and be invited to ask a question on the show. Twitter users can answer questions to the quizmaster’s handle @quizderek immediately after the show (11 to 11.20am) and win exciting prizes.
For over a decade now, with your invaluable support, we have journeyed through exciting moments, watching aspiring young minds attempt to display their best on the Cadbury Bournvita Quiz Contest.
The Cadbury Bournvita Quiz Contest - Confidence Champion was aimed at discovering and awarding Confidence Champions who have gone beyond the ordinary. It was designed to test exceptional students - those who have achieved considerable success in any given skill at the State/National/International level, and could balance their academics with their extra curricular activities.
Derek Speaks: What makes a true Confidence Champion? In my book it’s quite simple, you don’t need to have saved the world or be an internationally famous artist, or even look cool like a Bollywood actor. All you need to do is believe in yourself.
Though it’s great to be good in studies, a true Confidence Champion is more than just a topper in class. When I look for a Confidence Champion I look for students who are aware of what is going on in the world around them. Champions generally know the best way to deal with people or what to do in unusual situations. They are confident because they can adapt to situations quickly, and rise to every challenge that comes their way. But that does not mean that they have to be perfect or be right or even win all the time. True champions know that even if they fail, it’s not the end of the road. You can always learn so much from your mistakes and use those learnings to your advantage the next time.
So to be a Confidence Champion, simply start with believing in yourself, because if you believe in yourself it’s so much easier for others to believe in you
Date of Birth:
March 30, 1992
Queens' College, Indore
Palak has been singing from the age of 4 and has over a hundred stage performances in India and abroad. Through her music concerts, she raises money to save the lives of underprivileged children affected with cardiac diseases. She received the National Child Award for Exceptional Achievement in 2000 for her outstanding ability in the field of singing. She has helped save over 500 lives. Palak also has an entry in the Limca Book of Records for her social commitment.
Date of Birth:
March 18, 1991
National Academy for Learning, Bangalore
Mridangam player, Kiran Pathakota gave his first percussion performance at the age of 6, in the United States of America, where he has lived for most of his life. He has performed at many American colleges of repute including Berklee College of Music, Cornell University and MIT, as well as performed with more than 5 Grammy winning artists when he was 9 years old. Kiran has also performed for the President and Prime Minister of India, and recently accompanied maestros like A R Rahman and Shivamani at a performance in Hollywood.
The panel of judges for the grand finale comprised choreographer Farah Khan, singers Alka Yagnik and Palash Sen, former cricketer Arun Lal and sarod maestro Amjad Ali Khan's two sons Amaan Ali Khan and Ayaan Ali Khan. In an exciting finale, Palak was declared winner and received her prize – a trip to the 7 Wonders.
Seven skilled child participants from various social and cultural backgrounds participated in the Cadbury Bournvita Confidence Academy where they learnt and performed various skill-based tasks. They learnt new skills from their peers in the group and were scored on their performance by Chief Judge Derek O’Brien. The show worked on the last-man-standing format with all participants getting ample opportunity to showcase their skills.
To sum up the promise of the show: If I am confident of my skill, I’ll be confident to face a skill challenge.
MEET THE CADBURY BOURNVITA CONFIDENCE CHAMPIONS 2007
Ashraf Khan (15 years, Shishu Shiksha Niketan, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan)
He is Rajasthani folk singer who has performed internationally, and a National Child Award winner 2004-2005. Winner of Cadbury Bournvita Confidence Champions 2007.
Aditi R. (14 years, Sudarshan Vidya Mandir, Bangalore)
She has acted in more than 15 documentaries and was awarded the Special Jury Golden Cairo Award at the International film festival in Cairo, 2005.
P. Karun Krishna (13 years, St. John’s School, Bangalore)
He is an ace magician who has over 3500 shows under his belt. He has won the All India Amateur Magic Competition a number of times.
Rhitam Bhattacharya (12 years, Delhi Public School, Ruby Park, Calcutta)
Public School, Ruby Park, Calcutta) He is a santoor player who comes from a long line of musicians and artists. He plays santoor in the Maihar Gharana style.
Nikhil Kashyap (12 years, Carmel School, Bangalore)
He is an Asian Level Go Karter and National Titan Grand Prix 2005 Runner Up.
Kabir Arora (13 years, St. Gregorios High School, Mumbai)
A contemporary dancer with Shiamak Davar’s dance company, he has performed at Pogo Amazing Kids awards 2004 and 2005, Filmfare awards and many others.
Ameetosri Basu (14 years, Modern High School for Girls, Calcutta)
She was promoted from class 5 to class 7, and finds her strength in academics.
After the successful launch of "Bournvita Confidence Champions" in 2007, the innovative reality platform returned with a new exciting 2008 series called – Cadbury Bournvita Confidence Academy.
The six young prodigies were put through a several `confidence challenges' where they competed with each other in familiar, as well as unfamiliar settings.
MEET THE CADBURY BOURNVITA CONFIDENCE CHAMPIONS 2008
Akshaya Venkataraman (13 years, Mumbai)
Champion Theatre Actor, Played the lead role in 20th Festival De Theatre En Herbe at Renens Switzerland, 2005, Performed in a curtain-raiser in Germany , Leading role in a performance at the 45th International Children's Festival at Sibenik, Croatia, 2005. Winner of Cadbury Bournvita Confidence Champions 2008.
Arpan Mukherjee (14 years, Calcutta)
Champion Singer - Classical, Winner, Pogo Amazing kids' Awards 2007 - Singer category, Winner of the gold medal in Nazrul Geeti Competition held by Tagore Foundation three years running, Recipient of Jugal Srimal Scholarship award in 2006.
Saloni Prachande (14 years, Pune)
Champion Singer, Recipient of 'Sangeet Shree' National Award 2006, All Indian Radio Artist since 2002.
Yash Chandnani (13 years, Mumbai)
Champion Student, Gold Medallist in All India Asset Exam 2006, All India ISCS Quiz Champion 2007.
Antara Srivastava (13 years, Mumbai)
He is an Asian Level Go Karter and National Titan Grand Prix 2005 Runner Up.
Bunty Kumar (14 years, Jaipur)
Champion Leader, Winner, Pogo Amazing Kids' Awards 2007 - Leader Category.
Zee TV, 2000
A family game show where teams could win up to a lakh of rupees per episode. This show was produced and directed by Derek O'Brien & Associates and hosted by former Miss India - Manpreet Brar.
Jeeto Chappar Phaad Ke
A big money game show hosted by Govinda. Content and quiz direction by Derek O'Brien & Associates.
2004: Bharat Ke 8 - The North East Quiz Show for The Ministry for Development of North-Eastern Region.
The Ministry for Development of North Eastern Region, Government of India, sponsored this quiz show, aired on Sony Entertainment Television channel. It was a unique show where, through questions and other interesting ways, the beauty, culture, people and splendour of the region was explored. After a grueling preliminary, across India, in which hundreds of students from classes IX and X took part. Only 32 of the best school teams of the country qualified for the contest. Never before has a quiz on this scale, involving schoolchildren, happened in the North East.
Sun TV, 2001
A hugely popular Tamil game show hosted by star politician Sharath Kumar. Concept, content and quiz direction by Derek O'Brien & Associates. It ran from October 2000 to June 2001 on Sun TV. A participant could win upto a crore of rupees.
Surya TV, 2001
The Malayalam version of Kodeeswaran, hosted by film star Mukesh Kumar. Concept, content and quiz direction by Derek O'Brien & Associates. It ran from November 2000 to June 2001. A participant could win up to a crore of rupees.
Trial by Fire
This winner of the 2004 Indian Telly Awards, for the Best Game Show, was hosted by Derek O'Brien.
2004: The Challenge
This Corporate versus Biz School knowledge game show is hosted by Derek O'Brien.
Jigyasa – Explore and Experiment
JIGYASA - explore and experiment, a science quiz brought to you by DECU - ISRO and Vigyan Prasar (DST), delved deep into everyday phenomena to understand the role that science plays in our daily lives in an effort to explode the myth that science is only for the likes of Sir Isaac Newton, Professor C. V. Raman or the man who wanted to know the 'mind of God'.
Inviting institutions to join in the journey, JIGYASA was more than a mere quiz contest - it was a movement to inspire the Little Miss/Master Einstein in all of us!