Unscripted

UK format “Sing If You Can” heads to truTV

The U.S. cable net is moving into the singing competition space, with Zodiak USA producing an American version of the UK format, to be renamed Killer Karaoke and with Jackass's Steve-O onboard as host. (Pictured: Sing if You Can)
October 4, 2011

Zodiak USA is producing eight episodes of UK format Sing if you Can, to be renamed Killer Karaoke, for the U.S. network truTV, with Jackass‘s Steve-O onboard as host.

The series, which asks contestants to break into song in the middle of physical challenges, is set to launch in early 2012. In the UK, the series (pictured above) premiered on ITV1 in April to nearly five million viewers, according to the network, and ranks as the sixth highest rated show in its timeslot in the past year. The format has sold into 13 territories.

Grant Mansfield, CEO of Zodiak USA, said: “The format is unlike anything you’ve ever seen. This is our fourth series with truTV, and we’re delighted to be producing their first game show.” Steve-O added: “I’m in love with the concept of this show and overjoyed to be a part of it. I cannot wait to get started.”

Executive producers for Zodiak USA include Grant Mansfield, Natalka Znak and Claire O’Donohoe. Noah Bonnett serves as co-exec producer. For truTV, Robyn Hutt serves as executive in charge of production while Angel Annussek is exec producer. Zodiak Rights will distribute the series internationally.

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Andrew Tracy joined Realscreen as associate editor in 2021, following 17 years as managing editor of the award-winning international film magazine Cinema Scope. From 2010 to 2020 he also held the position of senior editor at the Toronto International Film Festival, where he oversaw the flagship publication for the organization’s year-round Cinematheque programming and edited its first original monograph in a decade, Steve Gravestock’s A History of Icelandic Film. He was a scriptwriter and consultant on the first season of the Vice TV series The Vice Guide to Film, and his writing and reporting have been featured in such outlets as Cinema Scope, Reverse Shot, Sight & Sound, Cineaste, Film Comment, MUBI Notebook, POV, and Montage.

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