Asia’s Got Talent to Return to AXN


SINGAPORE: Sony Pictures Television (SPT) Networks, Asia has secured a multiyear agreement with FremantleMedia International and Syco Entertainment for the rights to Asia’s Got Talent.

The series premiered first on Sony’s AXN channel in 2015 and is now set to return to AXN this year. The show will air throughout AXN’s 20 broadcast territories across Asia.

Virginia Lim, the senior VP and head of content, production and marketing at Sony Pictures Television Networks, Asia, said: “AXN is the home of high-quality original productions that are made in Asia, for Asia. We were the first channel to premiere a localized, pan-regional format ten years ago and since then have consistently rolled out original productions that truly resonate with our viewers. This year, we’ll be expanding our slate to feature an AXN programming lineup that’s even more locally relevant with a bigger focus on social media engagement.”

Ganesh Rajaram, the general manager/executive VP of FremantleMedia International in Asia, said, “Asia’s Got Talent season one was one of the most successful talent shows to have aired in the region. It has become the benchmark for talent shows in the pan-regional space. We are thrilled to have secured this multiyear partnership with Sony Pictures Television Networks, Asia and are confident that the new seasons will be tremendously successful.”

George Levendis, the head of international at Syco Entertainment, said, “The first series of Asia’s Got Talent was an undeniable smash on AXN and brought together wonderful talent from 20 markets, making it one of the most engaging, fun and exciting productions globally. With the Got Talent franchise now reaching over 70 commissions across the world we are extremely pleased to see Got Talent back on air on AXN in 2017 as part of this multiyear agreement.”

Lim added, “Asia’s Got Talent is an incredible platform to showcase the region’s emerging talent and given AXN’s enormous reach and influence in Asia, it’s an ideal match. We look forward to discovering the region’s hidden performers and catapulting them to global stardom.”