British net UKTV has ordered a 5 x 60-minute variety show entitled World’s Most Talented (pictured) from London-based indie Renegade Pictures, for its pay-TV channel Watch.
In the internationally focused show, Laura Jackson of Channel 4′s Freshly Squeezed and comedian David Brain visit a different country each week in search of extraordinary talent. Each act is then uploaded to a jury of 100 online critics from around the globe, who give their instant reactions and vote for their winner in the finale.
World’s Most Talented will air early next year. The series was commissioned by UKTV’s Hilary Rosen and will be exec produced by Renegade Pictures’ Harry Lansdown and Suzanne Readwin. It is series produced by Jaime Brannan.
“This is the ultimate talent show for the 21st century,” said Hilary Rosen, commissioning editor for UKTV. “The jaw-dropping acts and the 100 outspoken online critics from every corner of the globe make the show part-travelog, part-variety show. We’re also excited to introduce two brilliant new presenters in David and Laura, who enjoy a lighthearted, competitive rivalry.”
Lansdown, director of programs at Renegade Pictures, added: “Our online panel of 100 international critics have a worldwide reach of millions so the potential of a viral hit for the winner is a real possibility. From the Arctic to Australia, every county is covered.”