Frank Elstner joined Netflix at the age of 77.
Frank Elstner a German TV legend presenter who invented the show Wetten, dass..? (“Wanna bet..?”) switches to Netflix. Frank Elstner presented the Wetten, dass..? (“Wanna bet..?”) which became extremely popular and was, for some time, one of the most successful shows in Europe. That year, Elstner was presented with a Bambi, the German television and media prize. In Britain it was copied as You Bet! and ran from 1988 to 1997. In 1987, famous television presenter Thomas Gottschalk replaced Frank Elstner as host of Wetten, dass..?,.
Frank Elstner worked for ZDF television company for many years but moved to RTL when viewing figures dropped. Here, he presented the German version of the quiz show Jeopardy!. He also has his own company, Elstnertainment, which develops new ideas for TV shows and sells them to both public service and private television companies.
Today Elstner mainly works for Südwestrundfunk (SWR) (formed from the old Südwestfunk and Süddeutscher Rundfunk), presenting the talk show Menschen der Woche. Since 28 September 2002 he has worked for ARD as the presenter of the Saturday evening show Verstehen Sie Spaß?, the German equivalent of Candid Camera, following on from Cherno Jobatey. Frank Elstner presented his final episode of “VSS?” on November 21, 2009. Until the start of 2005 he also presented the show Einfach Millionär (Simply A Millionnaire) run by the ARD television lottery.
In 2006 Frank Elstner was listed in the Rose d’Or Hall of Fame, on the 25th anniversary of his greatest success, Wetten, dass..?. The same year he went on a 517 kilometre pilgrimage along the Way of St James, inspired by fellow television presenter Hape Kerkeling’s pilgrimage diary Ich bin dann mal weg (“I’m off for a bit, then”).
Since 12 September 2006 Frank Elstner has presented the quiz show Die Besten im Südwesten (The Best in the Southwest) on the SWR. He also presents the ARD show Die große Show der Naturwunder (The Biggest Natural Wonders Show), along with Ranga Yogeshwar.
In 2019 Frank Elstner – says goodbye to his audience on Youtube-Talkshow „Wetten, das war’s?” and switches to Netflix with his show.