“Top Model” format heads to Mongolia

Distributor CBS Studios International has licensed the America's Next Top Model (pictured) franchise to EduTV in Mongolia.
April 13, 2016

CBS Studios International has licensed the America’s Next Top Model format to EduTV in Mongolia.

The Mongolian edition of the reality competition will feature contestants battling for the Top Model crown over 16 episodes.

The franchise has been licensed to more than 100 markets and 20 local versions of the format have been produced in countries including Vietnam, Poland and Germany.

“The show is already creating a buzz among Mongolian models and modeling agencies, along with local audiences,” said EduTV executive producer Khankhuu Galbaatar in a statement. “As it’s the first time the series has been licensed in Mongolia, our team is putting in a great effort to make this franchise a success.”

America’s Next Top Model debuted in the U.S. in 2003 and ran for 22 seasons before ending its run on The CW in December.

In February, the franchise moved to Viacom-owned cable net VH1 for a 14-episode reboot. Although Tyra Banks will not host the new version, she will serve as executive producer alongside long-time Top Model executive producer Ken Mok.

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