Sony Pictures Television Networks Asia has entered a multi-year agreement with FremantleMedia International and Simon Cowell’s Syco Entertainment for the rights to Asia’s Got Talent.
The first pan-continental iteration of the popular Got Talent format bowed on Sony’s AXN on Mar. 12, 2015 to 10 times the ratings of its closest competitor on English pay-TV channels in Malaysia, the Philippines and Singapore. The first season of the English-language series aired in 20 different markets throughout Asia, including multiple networks in Taiwan, Hong Kong and Indonesia.
The first season of Asia’s Got Talent was hosted by Grammy winner David Foster, and includes former Spice Girl Melanie C., Indonesian rock star Anggun and Taiwanese-American pop star Van Ness Wu as series judges. There’s no word on new or returning hosts or judges for the second season.
The series is produced by FremantleMedia Asia, Syco Entertainment and Sony Pictures Television. The sophomore season premiere is slated to bow in the second half of the year.
“Asia’s Got Talent season one was one of the most successful talent shows to have aired in the region. It has become the benchmark for talent shows in the pan-regional space,” said Ganesh Rajaram, GM and executive VP of FremantleMedia International Asia, in a statement.
AXN has also found recent ratings successes with international formats in The Amazing Race Asia, Cash Cab Asia and The Apprentice Asia.