Currently airing in Brazil, Portugal and the U.S. — where reviews have been lackluster and ratings slipped 20% in the demo on Sunday night from last week’s ABC series debut — Rising Star is taking the next evolutionary step in the singing competition arena. Keshet International and Universal Music Group have entered a multi-territory deal, excluding the U.S. and Israel, which will see UMG acquire exclusive options to sign artist agreements with any or all show contestants. Separately, Keshet DCP has signed a deal with UMG which will see artists on ABC’s U.S. version win a record deal with the Capitol Records label. Capitol is also making full studio recordings of the performances available for download. (UMG’s Interscope Records already releases American Idol winner and contestant music.) Overseas, KI and UMG say they will work together to maximize finalists’ potential locally and internationally on all platforms. In terms of breakouts so far, the waters are relatively untested. The only Rising Star series to complete its run is the original Israeli version whose finale scored big ratings on Keshet Channel 2 in December 2013. The winner was 20-year-old Evyatar Korkus, who received his first record deal, and beat out The Gat Brothers (aka The Singing Rabbis). Brazil and Portugal, the 2nd and 3rd markets to launch, are drawing average audience shares of about 30%. In September, France’s M6 debuts its take, and the UK’s ITV will raise …
The nine-year dick clark productions veteran is expanding his role as VP Programming and Development to include running its joint venture with Keshet International. In his new role, Assaf Blecher will manage programming and development for Keshet DCP, which is behind ABC’s upcoming singing competition Rising Star and the bomb-defusing game show format Boom! Announced last year, the joint venture between Keshet and dcp’s parent company DC Media produces unscripted programming in the U.S. and develops, produces and finances new formats for international markets. “Assaf played a key role in the formation of Keshet DCP and will be instrumental in our strategies to expand our programming footprint domestically and internationally with the most compelling slate of unscripted programming possible,” said Mark Bracco, EVP Programming and Development at dick clark productions. Said Keshet CEO Alon Shtruzman, “Assaf has a proven track record and has contributed great insights and talent to the development of Keshet DCP. … His experience, industry acumen and friendship will be of great benefit to our collective effort.”
It looks like Keshet International‘s new ticking time bomb game show Boom! is taking a page straight out of the Rising Star songbook. Just ahead of next week’s Mip-TV market, Boom! debuted last night on Keshet’s Channel 2 in Israel, scoring record ratings. At the same time, Keshet DCP, the joint venture between KI and DC Media, the parent company of dick clark prods, says it’s bringing the format to the U.S. It will be the first co-development deal between KI and DC Media under the Keshet DCP banner since it was established in October 2013. In November last year, ABC gave a 10-episode order to Rising Star which was being shopped by Keshet DCP. That interactive format went on to sell in over 25 territories and will debut in the U.S. on June 22.
EXCLUSIVE: In a competitive situation, ABC has landed hot Israeli talent competition reality format Rising Star. The network has given a 10-episode order to the series, which will air next summer. Rising Star is the first hot international singing format to hit the U.S. since The Voice. It also is the first project to come out of the recently launched Keshet DCP, a joint venture between Keshet International (Homeland) and DC Media, the parent company of dick clark prods. (So You Think You Can Dance). Keshet DCP is producing Rising Star, which joins such established talent competition series that also launched in the summer as American Idol, Dancing With The Stars, America’s Got Talent, and SYTYCD.
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Keshet International, the global distribution and production arm of leading Israeli media company Keshet Media Group, and DC Media, the parent company of dick clark prods., have formed Keshet DCP, a joint venture focused on developing, financing and delivering unscripted programs to English- and Spanish-speaking U.S. audiences and beyond. One of the first shows the new venture will exploit is the much talked about interactive talent format Rising Star, a live talent show that for the first time incorporates real-time voting by viewers via an app that is fully integrated into the show. The show is broadcast live throughout the season, and viewers play an integral role in every decision made from beginning to end. Rising Star broke records this week in Israel on Keshet Channel 2, scoring a massive 49.4% HH share and 37.7% HH rating.
Under the deal, Keshet DCP, which will get an executive to run it soon, will have the U.S. rights to KI’s current catalog of over 20 unscripted formats, as well as Keshet’s future unscripted formats. Current Keshet formats include the family game show Sure Or Insure (launched at MIPTV 2013 and sold to eight territories) and hit children’s talent show Master Class (sold to five territories). “Keshet is a global leader in television programming with consummate leadership under Avi Nir, making them an ideal partner as we continue strategic growth in the U.S. and internationally,” said Allen Shapiro, CEO, dick clark productions. KI first broke into the US marketplace with the formats for Showtime’s Homeland based on Prisoners Of War, and the unscripted TBS hidden-camera ambush show Deal With It.