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Sky 1 orders kids talent show “Spelling Star”

Remarkable Television is producing an eight-episode UK version of the spelling competition format, which was created by Endemol Shine Australia.
April 7, 2016

Sky 1 has greenlit the reality competition Spelling Star for an eight-episode run.

The family entertainment series is being produced by Endemol Shine-owned Remarkable Television and based on a format created by Endemol Shine Australia. The original version of the series aired on Australia’s Network Ten as The Great Australian Spelling Bee (pictured) and has been picked up for a second season.

Due to premiere in the UK later in the year, Spelling Star features 20 kids between ages 9 and 13 competing in a spelling bee and other games based around spelling, words and meanings. The show will also delve into the contestants’ back stories and train a lens on parents as they watch their kids compete.

In the final episode, one contestant will be crowned the UK’s Champion Speller.

James Fox and Richard Hague at Remarkable are exec producing. Richard Ackerman commissioned the show for Sky.

Endemol Shine Group launched the format to buyers at last year’s MIPCOM.

“What I love about that show is they’ve found a way to format [a spelling bee] across 10 or 12 episodes,” Endemol Shine USA president of unscripted Eden Gaha said in an interview with realscreen earlier this year. “With the success of MasterChef Junior there are more shows celebrating the prodigy of great, young talent.”

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Managing editor with realscreen publication, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Darah is an award-winning journalist who has spent over two decades covering a wide range of issues from real estate and urban development to immigration, politics and human rights, primarily with The Vancouver Sun. Prior to joining realscreen, she was editor of Stream Daily, realscreen's sister publication covering the dynamic global digital video industry. She also served a stint as a war reporter in Afghanistan for television and print, and was a national business blogger with Yahoo Canada.

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