Channel 5 orders British version of “Lip Sync Battle”

Whizz Kid Entertainment is producing an eight x 30-minute UK version of the Spike hit Lip Sync Battle that will premiere on Channel 5 in 2016.
August 4, 2015

Lip Sync Battle  is headed to the UK.

Channel 5 has commissioned a British version of U.S. cable network Spike’s breakout hit in which top celebs are pitted against each other in a lip-syncing competition. Both networks are owned by Viacom.

Whizz Kid Entertainment is producing the eight x 30-minute series. It is expected to premiere early next year.

“There is a great buzz around Lip Sync Battle – it’s one of the most talked-about and fought-over formats in the world of TV right now,” said Ben Frow, who commissioned the series for C5. “We’re excited that our developing relationship with Spike in the U.S. has made a UK version of the show possible and look forward to bringing entertainment back to the heart of Channel 5 primetime.”

Steve Regan, MTV UK’s VP of commissioning and production, will executive produce the show with Whizz Kid’s Malcolm Gerrie and Katherine Allen acting as co-exec producers.

The U.S. version of the series is hosted by LL Cool J (pictured) and is based on a Tonight Show segment of the same name. It is produced by Casey Patterson Entertainment, Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon’s Eight Million Plus Productions, Matador and producers John Krasinski and Stephen Merchant.

The show has become a breakout hit for the newly-rebranded cable net, averaging three million viewers. Spike has ordered 20 more episodes that will air in 2016.

The commission is the latest collaboration between the two Viacom-owned nets. Both backed the launch of Spike UK in April. The network airs a mix of C5-produced factual programming and Spike’s entertainment fare, including the U.S. version of Lip Sync Battle.

Lip Sync Battle is distributed internationally by Viacom.

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