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MIPTV ’13: China deal for “So You Think You Can Dance”

Zodiak Rights has licensed the competition dance show format So You Think You Can Dance, from 19 Entertainment and Dick Clark Productions, to format distributor IPCN in China.
April 9, 2013

Zodiak Rights has licensed the competition dance show format So You Think You Can Dance, from 19 Entertainment and Dick Clark Productions, to format distributor IPCN in China.

IPCN and Canxing Productions will produce a 13 x 75-minute season to air on Dragon TV.

In addition, Zodiak Rights has acquired the distribution rights to the U.S. version’s 10th season, which is debuting in May on Fox. The distribution and rights arm of Zodiak Meda owns worldwide distribution rights to the So You Think You Can Dance format, excluding English-speaking countries, and worldwide rights to all finished episodes.

The deal follow on the heels of other format sales for the program, including for Holland’s RTL5 youth version, called So You Think You Can Dance: The Next Generation, and recommissions from STB in Ukraine, Finland’s Channel 4, Shant TV in Armenia, and VTM for Flemish-speaking Belgium.

Finished program sales for season nine (15 x 120-minutes) of So You Think You Can Dance include Network Ten in Australia; MNet for French-speaking Africa; AXN Asia for broadcast in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh; TrueVisions in Thailand; Turner International for Portuguese-speaking African countries; MBC Dubai for countries across the Middle East; ABC-CBN in The Philippines; and Mediacorp TV in Singapore.

“The format focuses on excellence in the field of dance and is unique in its approach to the talent show genre,” said Barnaby Shingleton, head of entertainment at Zodiak Rights. “This is why the show continues to succeed in territories like Holland, Belgium and Ukraine, and why it continues to find new homes in exciting markets like China.”

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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