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China’s Shenzhen orders Sony’s Sing-Off

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Sony Pictures Television’s (SPT) hit musical competition format, The Sing-Off, is coming to China through IPCN. The local version of the unscripted series will be co-produced by SPT, IPCN and Shenzhen Media Group and will be aired on Shenzhen Satellite TV. The series will consist of 16 episodes including four one-hour casting shows and 12 80-90-minute studio shows.

The Sing-Off, which has already completed its third season in the United States, is a reality competition show in which the best a cappella groups from around the country will perform popular, contemporary songs without background tracks or a band. In the Chinese version, the weekly series will feature contestants from professional a cappella groups, original Chinese ethnic groups, and new groups formed by beat boxers and lead singers from choirs.

Mary Chan, Vice President, Production, Asia, SPT, commented: “We continue to be amazed by the entertaining performances and the level of talent that The Sing-Off has attracted around the world, and are confident it will strike a chord with Chinese audiences.”

"We have seen many talent shows on TV, but The Sing-Off is not about one person becoming an overnight success or finding fame on stage," said Yi Hua, deputy editor-in-chief of Shenzhen Satellite TV and chief producer of The Sing-Off.

SPT’s recent deal in China places The Sing-Off format in three territories including France (France 2) and the Netherlands (SBS).

Thu 10 May, 2012


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