U.S. producer-distributor Sony Pictures Television (SPT) has penned a number of deals that will take the business competition format Dragons’ Den (pictured) to territories across Europe and Africa.
Created by NTV and distributed internationally by SPT, Dragons’ Den sees entrepreneurs pitching their business plans to a panel of venture capitalists in the hope of securing their financial backing to develop their business or idea into a successful company. The show has had local versions produced in Canada, Australia, Russia and the UK, among others.
Following a deal with SPT, South Africa will air its first season of Dragons’ Den this September, with the 12-episode series being produced by Rapid Blue for M-Net’s Mzansi Magic cable channel.
Over in Portugal, Take & Sound Productions and Blue Pipeline will produce 13 episodes of the format for commercial broadcaster SIC, scheduled to air in 2015.
Dragons’ Den has also been sold in Sweden, where Viasat’s channel TV8 has ordered 10 episodes of the show – titled Draknästet – to be produced by ITV Studios Nordic.
Meanwhile, the U.S. version of Dragons’ Den, entitled Shark Tank, will return for a sixth season on broadcaster ABC later this month.
“Dragons’ Den continues to strike a chord with audiences around the globe and has become a firm family favorite in many countries,” said Jane Dockery, senior VP of formats and international distribution for SPT, in a statement.
“We now have close to 30 adaptations for the show worldwide,” she added. “It remains one of the world’s most successful business shows and we’re already in talks with several other new territories.”