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  1. Viaplay Serves Up Celebrity MasterChef as Next Dutch Local Production

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    Viaplay will bring the world-famous reality format Celebrity MasterChef to the Netherlands for the first time starting this autumn. The 12-episode first season, produced by SimpelZodiak, a Banijay Benelux company, sees 10 Dutch personalities taking on a series of culinary challenges in front of an all-star jury and competing to become the next Celebrity MasterChef. Viaplay launched in the Netherlands on 1 March with a unique combination of original productions, international films and series, kids content and premium live sports.

     

    The Celebrity MasterChef jury consists of Soenil ‘The Spicy Chef’ Bahadoer, founder of the renowned De Lindehof restaurant, which received its second Michelin star in 2014; Angélique Schmeinck, one of only two female Dutch Mastercooks (the most country’s most prestigious culinary title) and head chef for 12 years at the Michelin-starred De Kromme Dissel; and Joël Broekaert, a well-known food critic, columnist and TV host.

     

    The show’s 10 celebrity contestants will be announced shortly.

     

    Filippa Wallestam, NENT Group Chief Content Officer: “High-quality local productions are a key focus for Viaplay in all our markets. Viewers everywhere have been enjoying the famous MasterChef format and its spin-offs for over 30 years, and Celebrity Masterchef will be an ideal addition to Viaplay’s fantastic menu in the Netherlands.”

     

    Celebrity MasterChef is produced by SimpelZodiak (Expeditie Robinson; Hunted; Ik Vertrek) and by Martijn de Bruin for Viaplay.

     

    Created by Franc Roddam, MasterChef has been named ‘Most Successful Cookery Television Format’ by Guinness World Records and the most successful format ever by The WIT. First aired in the UK in 1990, 49 series were produced in 33 territories in 2021. The MasterChef format and finished programmes are represented internationally by Banijay. Viaplay has produced MasterChef in Denmark since 2011.

     

    In January, Viaplay announced Dragons’ Den, the globally successful show that gives entrepreneurs an opportunity to pitch their business ideas to a panel of investors, as its first original production in the Netherlands.

  2. Portugal and Australia Hungry for Banijay’s MasterChef

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    Banijay today confirms the return of global cookery hit, MasterChef, to Portugal’s RTP1 following a two-year hiatus, and the pickup of Celebrity MasterChef Australia by 10 and 10 Play On Demand after twelve years off-air.

     

    Produced by Banijay’s Shine Iberia, MasterChef Portugal has started casting for the new season (masterchefportugal.pt) which will launch on RTP1 later this year, having last aired there in 2019. Whilst Endemol Shine Australia, building on the success of MasterChef Australia season 13 which is currently on-air, will produce an all-new celebrity version for 10. MasterChef Australia judges, Melissa Leong, Andy Allen and Jock Zonfrillo will be at the helm, with a cast of noteworthy stars including a legendary sports figure, an Australian icon and a famous actor.

     

    Lucas Green, Global Head of Content Operations at Banijay says: “The global success of MasterChef is unparalleled, and the format consistently delivers innovation, creativity, culinary excellence and entertainment. The return of the series in Portugal, and the celebrity spin-off in Australia is testament to the continued evolution of the brand and ever-increasing appetite for the format.”

     

    MasterChef is the world’s most successful cookery television format, produced across 62 markets and with over 10,000 episodes aired to-date. Created by Franc Roddam, MasterChef is a superbrand known and enjoyed around the world. Argentina’s first-ever season of Celebrity MasterChef launched in 2020 and became the country’s most watched show of the year with an average share of 76.3%, whilst in the UK, MasterChefhas reigned as the BBC’s No.1 cookery show since 2017.

     

    The MasterChef format and finished programmes are represented internationally by Banijay Rights.