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  1. Banijay Rights Builds Milestone South Korean Deal for LEGO® Masters

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    Banijay Rights today announces a new adaptation for competition reality format LEGO Masters, with South Korea the latest country onboard.

    Leading South Korean network MBC will broadcast and co-produce the format’s Korean debut with LA- and Seoul-based production company B&C CONTENT, and this landmark deal will see LEGO Masters set to become the only non-Korean unscripted format to air on free-to-air television in the country.


    Production is currently underway for the hit entertainment format, which sees pairs compete against each other to wow judges with awesome inspiring designs and brick builds.


    LEGO Masters is a huge global hit with a 100% renewal rate, with this order now the second to come from Asia in three months, following a recent commission from Shenzhen TV in China.


    TVNZ 2 in New Zealand, Atresmedia in Spain and TV 2 in Norway have also recently commissioned adaptations of the format, which has been ordered by a total of 16 international broadcasters across Europe, the US, Australia and Asia. Originally created by Tuesday’s Child Television and the LEGO Group, Banijay globally distributes the format and finished tape for the show.

    Daryl Kho, SVP Asia – Formats, Banijay Rights, said: LEGO Masters is already a global phenomenon, providing upbeat and inclusive viewing to audiences worldwide, so taking this show to South Korea is a thrilling moment for Banijay Rights. This is a landmark deal – the only unscripted format originating from outside South Korea to air on its free-to-air TV channels – and I can’t wait to see the creative builds the Korean contestants will dream up with their LEGO bricks.”

    Younghye Kim, Format & Acquisition Manager, MBC said: “We are truly excited to have this stunning show made into a Korean version very soon. The global success of LEGO Masters inspired us to take the show, as we have the utmost confidence that our version of LEGO Masters will be widely loved in Korea and in the global marketplace. Please stay tuned to see how MBC, the leading entertainment creator in the country, will enrich the show with a distinct, local flavour.”

    Chris S. Lee, CEO of B&C CONTENT, said: “The timing couldn’t be better for us to create an inspiring and wildly entertaining ‘Korean’ take on the successful LEGO Masters format for a global audience, during a time when demand is massive for Korean stories and content. We are so proud to be working with such phenomenal creative partners like MBC, Banijay Rights and the LEGO Group to launch another exciting milestone for world-class Korean unscripted content.


    Jill Wilfert, Head of Global Entertainment, The LEGO Group, added: “There is an awesome community of passionate fans and really talented LEGO builders in Korea and we are so pleased to be able to showcase their creativity and imagination with a local production of LEGO Masters. We are sure families and fans alike will be amazed and inspired.”


    Successful productions of LEGO Masters broadcasting so far this year include the US, which proved a major success for FOX as the #1 show among younger viewers (P18-34) and teens, and its second-most streamed entertainment series. The series three finale of LEGO Masters Australia in April dominated the ratings, broadcasting as the number one show of the day in all key demos. The format also had a spectacular debut run in Denmark in April, pulling in a 50.6% share for 15–34-year-olds across the season.

  2. The search for the next MasterChef Singapore is underway as casting call begins today!

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    Sharpen your knives and tighten your aprons as the casting call begins today for season three of MasterChef Singapore! Banijay Rights, leading independent global distributor, Mediacorp, Singapore’s national media network and Motion Content Group, leading media management company announced today the local return of one of the world’s most successful competitive cooking reality television formats. The casting call is now open for all cooking aficionados who wish to showcase their culinary abilities, and fulfil their dreams of becoming the next MasterChef Singapore.


    Fans of the show can look forward to an exhilarating third season, which will celebrate Singapore’s well-known reputation as a food haven and her unique multicultural cuisine, as contestants try their hands at elevating classic local dishes with their imagination and culinary prowess. Produced by Beach House Pictures, this 10-episode season will be brought to screens during the second quarter of 2022.


    Daryl Kho, SVP Asia – Formats, Banijay Rights, said: “This deal for a third outing of MasterChef Singapore demonstrates the huge global appeal of the MasterChef franchise, which continues to grow from strength to strength. We are excited to again be working with Mediacorp, Motion Content Group and Beach House Pictures to create another successful season of this fantastic show.”


    Sapna Angural, Head, English Audience, Mediacorp said: “We are thrilled to reopen the MasterChef Singapore kitchen again to welcome the best of Singapore’s amateur home chefs for the third time running! With every edition, we have witnessed such incredible culinary talent, and we believe that MasterChef Singapore season three will continue to be the platform for these cooking enthusiasts to showcase their craft and fulfill their culinary dreams. We look forward to working with Banijay Rights, Motion Content Group and Beach House Pictures to create yet another successful season of MasterChef Singapore. And calling all aspiring chefs, do join our casting call today!”


    Steven Murphy, Managing Director, Motion Content Group, APAC, said: “With the great success of season one and two, Motion Content Group are looking forward to working with Mediacorp and Beach House Pictures on a third season of MasterChef Singapore. MasterChef continues to be one of the most successful formats across the world, and we cannot wait to meet the next set of amateur chefs Singapore has to offer.”


    The second season of the MasterChef Singapore which ended in April this year, served up a sumptuous repast for over a million viewers, making it the top1 local English variety series on Channel 5 for 2021 to-date. The casting call then had attracted applicants from all walks of life including a singer, athlete, and teacher, amongst others, and the show’s finale was an epic showdown where Derek Cheong was crowned winner after edging out runner-up Leon Lim by merely one point! Fans who wish to relive some of the riveting moments of MasterChef Singapore season two can do so on-demand via meWATCH, or every Sunday, at 12pm on Channel 5 starting from 29 August 2021.


    Besides uncovering cooking talents, MasterChef Singapore also provided various opportunities and opened up paths for both winners and contestants alike, in their pursuits to realise their culinary dreams. Since his win, MasterChef Singapore season two’s champion Derek Cheong has expanded his university dining venture Twelve Flavous to a full fledged private dining experience and started his own locally-brewed kombucha business, Broux.


    Cheong said:MasterChef Singapore has truly changed my life. Not only did I manage to secure a gig as a commis chef at the renowned three Michelin-starred French restaurant Mirazur for their pop-up at Straits Clan, it has also opened many doors in the culinary world for me. I’ve met so many amazing people in my journey during and after MasterChef Singapore, and I am genuinely grateful for all the wonderful experiences.”


    Singaporeans and permanent residents looking to have a shot at achieving their culinary dreams can apply at this website by 13 October 2021. MasterChef Singapore is only open to those who are currently not working as a professional chef or those who have never worked as one before.


    MasterChef was created by Franc Roddam and first launched in 1990 on the BBC in the UK and was later revived in 2005 where it remains a number one hit for pubcaster. In 2017, MasterChef was officially crowned the Most Successful Cookery Television Format by Guinness World Records. 2019 was the best year to date with 55 confirmed productions across 35 markets, drawing in audiences in major markets including the UK, US, Brazil, Australia, Italy and Spain.


    The MasterChef format and finished programmes are represented internationally by Banijay Rights. Now with over 10,000 episodes to-date and produced across 62 markets, the show will be soon airing its milestone 500th series globally. Motion Content Group, part of GroupM, a leading media management company, has acquired the rights to produce and broadcast MasterChef Singapore from Banijay Rights.