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MIPTV 2012: “Fashion Star” shines brightly for international buyers

Distributor Electus International has sold the fashion competition series, hosted by Elle Macpherson (pictured), into nearly 75 territories worldwide.
April 2, 2012

Electus International has secured distribution for the first season of Fashion Star in nearly 75 countries. The 10-episode fashion competition series, which began airing on NBC in the United States in March, is hosted by super model Elle Macpherson and stars celebrity mentors Jessica Simpson, Nicole Richie and John Varvatos.

Some of the markets covered in the deals include Australia (Network 10), Canada (CTV), French Canada (Mlle, a specialty channel of TVA), Korea (CJ E & M), Brazil (Globosat) and Latin America (Fox International Channels Latin America). Earlier this year, Electus sold the show to Asia’s Diva Universal, which will air it in 20 countries.

The distributor has also sold the format rights to Australia (Network 10), Germany (Tresor TV), France (Shine France) and Turkey (Sera Films).

On Fashion Star, 14 designers compete to win a multi-million dollar contract to launch their lines in Macy’s, H&M and Saks Fifth Avenue. It is produced by Electus, 5×5 Media, Magical Elves and EJD Productions. The format was developed by Electus’ Ben Silverman, 5×5 Media’s Rick Ringbakk, and E.J. Johnston and James Deutch of EJD Productions.

About The Author
Meagan Kashty is an associate editor of realscreen, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Meagan is an award-winning business journalist. Prior to joining the realscreen team, Meagan was online editor of Canadian Grocer, named Magazine of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Business Media Awards. She can be reached at mkashty@brunico.com, and you can follow her on Twitter @MegKashty

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