Generational themes highlight a pair of spin-offs of top formats that have been acquired for local adaptations.
Banijay’s Endemol Shine Brasil will produce a Brazilian edition of MasterChef Senior, to be known locally as MasterChef+, for the Band network. Featuring home cooks aged 60 and up showing off their culinary talents for a panel of expert judges, this is the fourth Brazilian version of the MasterChef franchise and the second iteration of the Senior format, which was originally produced by Shine Iberia as two standalone specials (pictured) for Spain’s La 1.
“Originally created by Shine Iberia at a time where we saw significant isolation in older generations due to the global pandemic, MasterChef Senior is a warm and wonderful celebration of family and cooking,” said Lucas Green, Banijay’s global head of content operations. “MasterChef is an inclusive format that champions accessibility and talent from budding chefs old or young, and the addition of MasterChef Senior to our growing portfolio is testament to our innovative creatives who constantly explore new ways to expand the brand.”
The news of the new Senior spin-off arrives shortly after Banijay announced two new Young Talent editions of the franchise (spotlighting amateur cooks aged 13 to 18) for the Nordics, to be produced by Viaplay, and the launch of Young MasterChef (focusing on the 18-to-25 contingent) on BBC Three in the UK, courtesy of Shine TV.
Staying at the younger end of the age spectrum is the other newly announced format spin-off, as ITV Studios has revealed that Malta’s public broadcasting channel TVM has commissioned a local version of singing competition The Voice Kids. The 11-episode series, which marks the forty-third international iteration of the format, will begin production soon under the auspices of Greatt Company Ltd. and will premiere in Malta this fall.