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Got Talent Heads to Japan


Syco Entertainment and Yoshimoto Kogyo are delivering a brand-new adaption of the Got Talent franchise: Japan’s Got Talent.

Marking the first time the format will be made in Japan, Japan’s Got Talent will be produced locally by Yoshimoto Kogyo and broadcasted by Abema TV. The show will launch in February 2023.

The judging panel includes legendary comedian, actor and singer from comedy duo Downtown Masatoshi Hamada. He is accompanied by fellow judges: actress Alice Hirose, musician GACKT and actor and producer Takayuki Yamada.

Jens Richter, CEO of Fremantle International, said: “We are incredibly proud to be partnering with Yoshimoto Kogyo to produce Japan’s Got Talent for the first time ever. Got Talent is a beloved global sensation that has entertained millions and we are sure that the show will delight Japanese audiences as it has so many others around the world. We can’t wait for Abema TV to broadcast this brilliant new series.”

Stephen Flint, director of operations for global entertainment production, commented: “It’s always an exciting adventure when a new territory comes on board for a format as successful as Got Talent. We are looking forward to collaborating with Yoshimoto and Abema to bring Japan’s Got Talent to life and discover the best talent that Japan has to offer.”

Akihiko Okamoto, CEO of Yoshimoto Kogyo, commented: “On our 110th anniversary, we are thrilled to announce that Yoshimoto Kogyo will be producing the Japanese version of Got Talent, one of the most beloved talent shows in the world. We hope that many people will enjoy watching the show on Abema TV. Please join us in witnessing undiscovered talent launch to stardom in Japan and beyond.”

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