Banijay today announces that its French label Endemol France will bring entertainment competition format, Star Academy, back to the country after nine years. To produce the new season of this iconic program, Endemol France has called on DMLS TV, another label within Banijay.
Fronted by the original host Nikos Aliagas, the most famous musical academy in France will soon welcome a new class. The casting call attracted 10 000 registrants in just 48 hours, showing a very strong interest in the new season.
Singing, dancing, acting… to become complete artists, this school of excellence will offer the passionate and talented contestants an intensive training programme surrounded by the best teachers. Every day, viewers will be able to follow the progress of the students in a daily show on TF1.
At the end of each week, the emerging talent will showcase what they’ve learned during the primetime. It is then up to a panel of judges and the viewers to decide who stays and who goes. Living and breathing the life of a singer, will they be able to put their mentoring into practice and be the next star?
Originally created by Endemol France, Star Academy is a primetime favourite, having sold to 19 territories including Italy and the Middle East, where 11 seasons have aired. It most recently made a return to French Canada, exceeding the channel’s slot by 45% for 18–34-year-olds. Last year marked the 20th anniversary of the show in France, with special episodes attracting an audience of over four million for French broadcaster TF1.
Jean-Louis Blot, CEO of Endemol France says: “Star Academy delivers some of the most revered music training in the industry and we can’t wait to showcase a new generation of French talent. The exciting live performances, combined with the expert training the artists will receive, make an entertaining show for all the family.”
Mathieu Vergne, CEO of DMLS TV comments: “Producing entertainment formats is in our DNA and it is a pleasure to work alongside Endemol France to bring this hit to viewers. We’re ecstatic to have Nikos Aliagas on board and to be reinvigorating the format, following the success of the 20th anniversary last year.”
Lucas Green, Global Head of Content Operations at Banijay adds: “The Star Academy format is a proven success around the globe, showcasing new talent, reality elements and an exciting competition. With Endemol France and DMLS TV’s expertise in this genre, audiences can expect an unmissable series.”
A go-to production company, Endemol France has brought hit formats to France including MasterChef, LEGO®Masters and Celebrity Hunted as well as new titles like Chefs to Go and Domino Challenge. Having joined Banijay France in 2021, DMLS TV is also behind well-renowned brands such as a Chanson Secrète (The Secret Song), La Chanson Challenge (The Celebrity Song Challenge) and Duos Mystères (Mystery Duets).