HONG KONG (May 8, 2012) - Sony Pictures Television (SPT) announced today it has licensed its hit musical competition format, The Sing-Off, to IPCN in China. SPT will co-produce the local version of the unscripted series with IPCN and Shenzhen Media Group for Shenzhen Satellite TV. The announcement was made by Mary Chan, vice president, production, Asia, SPT and Yi Hua, deputy editor-in-chief of Shenzhen Satellite TV and chief producer of The Sing-Off.
The Chinese version of The Sing-Off will consist of 16 episodes including four one-hour casting shows and 12 80-90-minute studio shows, which will air on Shenzhen Satellite TV.
"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," said Chan.
"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. "The Sing-Off is about talented individuals who come together to sing as a team, in unison, and grow through an emotional journey of pain and joy."
The Sing-Off is a unique 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. 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.
In addition, the format has already attracted Doublemint as a title sponsorship partner. In the US, The Sing-Off recently completed its third season. The recent deal in China places The Sing-Off format in three territories including France (France 2) and the Netherlands (SBS).
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