Got Talent format surpasses 50 local versions


FremantleMedia and Syco Entertainment are celebrating a momentous achievement for the Got Talent reality format – the show now has more than 50 local versions on air across the world, including SA’s Got Talent, currently broadcasting on South African free-to-air channel

This feat is unequalled by any other talent show in history. It comes as Got Talent remains the world’s top entertainment format for the second year running, featuring on more top ten lists around the globe than any other show, according to Eurodata/Mediametrie.

Got Talent is a ratings hit in every corner of the planet with recent adaptations of the format launching in French-speaking Belgium, Vietnam, Peru, Ecuador and New Zealand where it was the highest rated locally-produced entertainment launch for seven years.

America’s Got Talent is the longest running local version of the format and after seven hit seasons attracts peak audiences of more than 12 million viewers. Meanwhile, Britain’s Got Talent – the UK’s number one entertainment show of the last decade – has notched up six hit seasons, as have the versions in Australia, France and Russia.

Further local versions of Got Talent are on the way, with total sales of the blockbuster format, co-owned by FremantleMedia and Syco, reaching an astonishing 54 territories to date.

Rob Clark, Director, Global Entertainment Development, FremantleMedia said: “We are immensely proud of this achievement. Got Talent is truly a global entertainment show that transcends countries and cultures, winning audiences series after series. More than 460 million viewers have watched the Got Talent format since it first launched in 2006 and it has been the number one show for broadcasters in 20 countries, all the while continuing to enter new markets. Passing the 50 local adaptations mark is a truly momentous accomplishment for Got Talent, FremantleMedia and Syco, and we’re looking forward to its continued success.’

George Levendis, Head of International for Syco Entertainment said: “Got Talent continues to be the best performing format in the world with nine new markets already added over the last year. The show continually evolves and is more current than ever – on the one hand launching spectacularly in New Zealand in 2012 and on the other achieving incredible ratings for the latest series from such diverse markets as the UK, France, Italy, Romania, Ukraine, the Philippines and Bulgaria. Got Talent has the ability to morph within different territories into what suits the local audience at that point in time; enchanting and entertaining people all over the globe.”

In addition to the numerous local adaptations of the format, the US version, America’s Got Talent has been sold to 180 countries by FremantleMedia Enterprises (FME).

The format also breaks records online; the YouTube channel for Britain’s Got Talent recently notched up its one billionth view, making it one of the most viewed YouTube channels of all time.


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