“America’s Got Talent” to cross the pond via truTV UK

The latest season of America's Got Talent, produced by Syco Entertainment and FremantleMedia North America, has been acquired by truTV in an exclusive UK deal.
June 11, 2015

The latest season of America’s Got Talent has been acquired by truTV in an exclusive UK deal.

The purchase follows a recent partnership agreement between truTV in the UK and London-based Passion Distribution, which landed RuPaul’s Drag Race on airwaves across Britain, and was negotiated by Turner Broadcasting’s UK director of general entertainment, Steve Hornsey and acquisitions manager, Sabina McNally.

“The Got Talent franchise is loved the world over and is the perfect addition to our growing entertainment line-up on truTV,” Hornsey said. “We’re thrilled to be bringing America’s Got Talent back to British TV.”

The channel is available on digital terrestrial free to air in all UK homes.

Named the world’s most successful reality TV format by Guinness World Records in 2014, the Got Talent franchise– originally created by Simon Cowell and co-owned and produced by Syco Entertainment and FremantleMedia - broadcasts in more than 66 territories and broadcast to 193 countries worldwide.

America’s Got Talent, which previously aired in the UK on ITV2, will premiere on truTV on July 15 at 8 p.m. GMT and will run for a consecutive 18 weeks.

(With files from Manori Ravindran)

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