08 Dec 2014
ITV has commissioned a new six-part series, Planet’s Got Talent, from the producers of Britain’s Got Talent.
The 6 x 30’ series is produced by Thames (part of FremantleMedia UK) and Syco Entertainment and will be narrated by Warwick Davis. It will air early 2015.
An international ratings’ phenomenon, Got Talent is officially the most successful reality television format in the world (Guinness Book of Records, 2014) with 230 series across 67 different territories.
Planet’s Got Talent highlights the most incredible acts from across the globe, from countries as diverse as the UK and US, to Albania and Vietnam.
In Planet’s Got Talent , Warwick wittily steers us through the hilarious, show-stopping, heart-pumping performances. And with thousands of hours’ worth of footage to choose from, every clip is unforgettable…whether for the right or wrong reasons!
Warwick Davis commented: “Each week, I’ll be treating viewers to the top-pick clips from Got Talent shows from across the globe - some funny, some odd, some awe inspiring... all brilliant!”
Richard Holloway, Managing Director of FremantleMedia UK and MD of Thames, commented: “America’s Got Talent first hit USA TV screens in 2006, and Britain’s Got Talent aired a year later. Since then, we have been entertained by a diverse range of acts from across the globe. And now we can finally share the high – and low – lights with British TV audiences!”
Nigel Hall, Global Head Of Television, Syco Entertainment, said: “Over the last nine years, Got Talent is a show that people have loved across the world. As producers, we have enjoyed seeing jaw-dropping performances from across the globe - from Nigeria to Holland and China to France to name just a few of the scores of countries who produce their version of the show. So I’m absolutely delighted that we are now able to bring these amazing contestants together for you at home."
Planet’s Got Talent features scores of unforgettable moments including a Korea’s Got Talent contestant who likes to rub Wasabi and lemons into his eyes and an Indonesia’s Got Talent hopeful who washes himself in boiling soup. Other stand out acts including backflipping dogs, a woman who drives a scooter through 20 panes of glass without a helmet and even a man who plays the violin whilst balancing two wine glasses, a ball and four shots on his bow at the same time.
Planet’s Got Talent is a Thames and Syco Entertainment co-production for ITV. It has been commissioned by ITV Commissioning Editor, Entertainment, Asif Zubairy and Executive Produced by Tim Dean for Thames.
Meanwhile, auditions are now open for the 2015 series of Britain's Got Talent. Any performer can apply, no matter what their age or background - all they need is a skill and star quality which they think will impress. Anything goes from comedians to contortionists, dancers to drag acts and acrobats to animals. Aspiring stars can apply via www.itv.com/talent
Press Enquiries & interview requests:
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Notes to Editors:
• The Got Talent entertainment format now holds the official GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title for the Most Successful Reality TV Format worldwide
• The Got Talent format has made huge stars of contestants including Susan Boyle who has sold more than 20 million records since she first appeared on Britain’s Got Talent in 2009
ABOUT THAMES, part of FremantleMedia UK
Thames is headed up by Richard Holloway - one of the UK's most experienced entertainment producers, and also Interim CEO of FremantleMedia UK - as Managing Director with Suzy Lamb as Head of Entertainment. Broadcasting and producing programmes in every conceivable genre since 1968, the Thames label plays a prominent role in the history of the British television industry. As the entertainment arm of FremantleMedia UK, Thames has emerged as Britain's leading entertainment label and continues to produce Britain's biggest and best entertainment programmes. With shows including The X Factor, Britain's Got Talent, Take Me Out, National Lottery: Break the Safe and All Star Family Fortunes, Thames continues to set the standard for the British entertainment genre.
ABOUT SYCO ENTERTAINMENT
Syco Entertainment is a joint venture between Simon Cowell and Sony Music and is one of the world’s leading global music, film and television production companies responsible for some of the world’s most successful global TV and music franchises. Syco Entertainment is also the world’s most successful producer of international talent with Syco Music this year being named the No.1 A & R label in the UK for both singles and albums. The record label is home to diverse international recording artists including Labrinth, One Direction, Susan Boyle, Little Mix, Ella Henderson, IL Divo, Fifth Harmony, Alex & Sierra and Collabro. Syco’s television assets include the global franchises The X Factor and Got Talent. Artists discovered by the X Factor have sold more than 160 million records, including 170 No.1 hits, and 380 Top 10 records, including One Direction who are currently the most popular act in the world, having sales of more than 46 million to date. Syco have continued to capitalize on the ongoing success of its established global hit TV formats and developed a number of new projects including; One Direction’s 3D movie ‘This Is Us’ with Sony Pictures and ‘One Chance’, a film based on the success story of Britain’s Got Talent’s first winner, Paul Potts, in association with the Weinstein Company.