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Asian nets to air U.S. version of “Rising Star”

Networks in China, Thailand and Singapore have acquired the broadcast rights to the U.S. version of the interactive talent show Rising Star (pictured), which premieres on ABC this Sunday (June 22).
June 20, 2014

Networks in China, Thailand and Singapore have acquired the broadcast rights to the U.S. version of the interactive talent show Rising Star.

The American version of the Israeli format will begin airing on ABC on Sunday (June 22) and will be hosted by singer Josh Groban (pictured, far right) alongside panelists Ludacris, Kesha and Brad Paisley (pictured, left to right).

Mediacorp Singapore acquired the 10-episode series to air on Channel 5, a free-to-air channel. It will air in Singapore on Monday nights during primetime following the U.S. premiere.

China’s Sohu Video, picked up the VOD rights and will make the show available to view immediately following the U.S. broadcast via tv.Sohu.com.

In Thailand, Bangkok Entertainment Company acquired the show for one of its DTT Channels in a broadcast slot that has yet to be announced.

Distributor Keshet International has sold the Rising Star format to more than 25 territories. The series allows viewers to vote on the contestants in real-time through a free app that is fully integrated into the show. Thus, home audiences have a direct hand in many of the decisions regarding the performers.

The U.S. version is executive produced by Ken Warwick (American Idol) and Nicolle Yaron (The Voice) and produced by Keshet DCP, the joint venture between Keshet International and DC Media.

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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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