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  1. India Cooks Up Four New Versions of MasterChef

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    Banijay today announces a four-season commission of MasterChef in India. All four seasons will be produced by Endemol Shine India for Innovative Film Academy (IFA) and will air on the Sun Network. MasterChef India Tamil, MasterChef India Telugu, MasterChef India Malayalam and MasterChef India Kannada will all launch later this year.


    Hugely successful actor, Vijay Sethupathi, will host the Tamil version; presenting MasterChef India Telugu will be well-known actor Tamannaah Bhatia; taking the reins for MasterChef India Malayalam will be hugely popular Prithviraj Sukumaran; and Bigg Boss host and actor Kichcha Sudeep, will front MasterChef Kannada.


    All four iterations will be filmed on-set in Bangalore and each version will be adapted for the unique and individual cultures, food and craft of their state.


    Mr. Abhishek Rege CEO at Endemol Shine India says: “MasterChef has set unprecedented benchmarks globally and we can confidently say that the show’s regional adaptations have surpassed the benchmark in terms of production quality, content and the contestants. It has been an absolute pleasure to work with IFA to bring MasterChef in not just one but four regional languages. We are confident that these four seasons will be instant hits amongst millions of households.”


    Lucas Green, Global Head of Content Operations at Banijay says: “The appeal of MasterChefextends globally and its adaptability as a format allows us to celebrate unique gastronomic excellence not just from country to country, but throughout different regions. As a group, we are able to utilise our world-class local production expertise to deliver four culturally-relevant brilliant new series, while uncovering some of the best home cooks the nation has to offer.”


    MasterChef is the world’s most successful cookery television format, produced across 62 markets. The life-changing show has broadcast more than 10,000 episodes to-date and will soon be airing its milestone 500th season globally. Created by Franc Roddam, the show is a super brand known and enjoyed around the world.


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

  2. Banijay Asia Launches Survivor India Comeback

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    Banijay today announces the return to India of iconic format, Survivor, with leading Tamil general entertainment channel, Zee Tamil. Banijay Asia will produce the adventure reality title for OTT platform ZEE5.


    Survivor tests the spirit of a group of ordinary, and yet extraordinary, people who are marooned, with little more than the clothes on their backs and their own animal cunning. As they catch their own food, build their own shelter, and order their own society, castaways must compete in increasingly difficult tests of strategy and guile. Survivor India marks the 48th iteration of the show since its launch in 1997. This year is the format’s most successful to-date with 22 productions confirmed.


    Deepak Dhar, CEO of Banijay Asia says: “Survivor is a show that has a global fan base. The format is unique, adaptable and has the potential to match audience sensibilities across the board. The Tamil industry has always been experimental and bringing a reality show of this nature will only broaden the genre further. Zee Tamil has always gone beyond when it comes to innovative content and we’re excited to be partnering with frontrunners like them.”


    Siju Prabhakaran, EVP and South Cluster Head, ZEEL, comments: “As a channel, we have always committed ourselves to engage and entertain our audience with innovative content and variety in reality entertainment. The new reality show Survivor would definitely set new benchmarks in reality show formats in India. From the production value to the portfolio of talent, Zee Tamil has truly embarked on a journey in partnership with Banijay Asia to redefine quality entertainment in the market”.


    Lucas Green, Global Head of Content Operations at Banijay adds: Survivor has huge global appeal, offering excitement, escapism and entertainment, all rolled into one. It’s an evergreen format which consistently delivers, and the fact that this year is the most successful in the show’s history is testament to its enduring relevance to audiences worldwide.”


    Produced in more than 40 territories, Banijay-owned Survivor is a global hit and super brand, standing as one of the most-watched formats worldwide. Most recently, Globo relaunched Survivor (No Limite) in  Brazil after 12 years of air in the region, featuring a cast of previous Big Brother Brasil contestants. More than 10 million viewers tuned in to the 40th season last year on CBS in the U.S., the latest Australian adaptation was seen by nearly 40% of the population, and the most recent French version, Koh Lanta, ended as number one in its slot.