Sony Pictures Television (SPT) has licensed the hit format Dragons’ Den to France’s M6, marking a milestone 40th adaptation.
The local French version, local title Qui veut être mon associé?, begins its six-episode run today.
The format launched in 2001 as Money Tigers on Nippon TV in Japan and has gone on to be an international format phenomenon. In 2019, it aired for the first time to great success in Hungary on RTL Klub, Thailand on Channel 7 Wandee Media and Switzerland on CH Medien TV24, with the format being developed in further territories such as Bangladesh. Finished versions of it air in 186 countries.
Sarah Edwards, senior VP of international creative development at Sony Pictures Television, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to reach this milestone for Dragons’ Den and be bringing the format to France. It’s a testament to the universality of the format that it continues to resonate with viewers around the world.”
Atsushi Sogo, president of international business development at Nippon TV, said: “I am so proud of the team at Sony Pictures Television and our team at Nippon TV International Business Development who first came together in 2003 to create a globally successful business show format. Thanks to the tremendous efforts by Sony, Dragons’ Den is now an international brand with versions in territories across all continents of the world with 40 versions airing in 186 countries; this is a huge milestone in the competitive format business world. The show is on its 17th season on BBC Two in the U.K. and 11th as Shark Tank on ABC in the U.S. and we have very high hopes for the French version to follow in their footsteps.”