Nigel Lythgoe – the producer and creative force behind such series as American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance — is partnering with Triller Fight Club for the series So You Think You Can Fight.
The weekly, hour-long series is part of an overall relationship between Lythgoe (pictured) and the technology platform, owned by TrillerNet.
Lythgoe will become creative partner, visionary and executive producer of Triller Fight Club, responsible for blending the competition of boxing with entertainment by global music stars and celebrities.
So You Think You Can Fight will follow in a similar format to So You Think You Can Dance, with a twist.
The series will pair a celebrity action star with a pro fighter, each who will select an amateur boxer through a global talent search and competition, along with audience voting and participation.
Selected contestants will each go through rigorous training, squaring off against each other with one winner for each category: lightweight, heavyweight and MMA.
Each winner will go on to a pro bout on a Triller Fight Club main event.
So You Think You Can Fight is expected to launch later this year on Triller’s live streaming platform Triller Verzuz TV, which was formed through TrillerNet’s recent acquisitions of Swizz Beatz and Timbaland’s live-streaming channel Verzuz and global live-event streaming platform FITE.
“Nigel Lythgoe is a giant among giants, and his new role at Triller is a total game changer for us,” said Ryan Kavanaugh, co-owner of TrillerNet, in a statement. “Nigel has changed the face of competition-based television around the world, and there is no one better to help us bring the excitement of Triller Fight Club to our global audiences, both through our exciting new streaming series and by adding his visionary storytelling abilities to our Fight Club events.”
Lythgoe added: “Triller has built something extraordinary, and they truly have their finger on the pulse of where live event entertainment is headed. As a lifelong fan of music and boxing, I am thrilled to be getting into the ring with Ryan, Snoop and the whole Triller team to join their disruptive and innovative journey.”
Nigel began his career as a dancer and later as a choreographer, eventually choreographing over 500 TV shows. He segued into producing television as head of entertainment and comedy at London Weekend Television, where he commissioned and produced TV shows including Gladiators (produced as American Gladiators in the US) and Blind Date.