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'Asia's Got Talent' s2 to air on AXN; multi-year deal with FreemantleMedia confirmed

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MUMBAI: The search for "Asia's Got Talent" will continue in Season 2 this year after its successful first season in 2015. Sony Pictures Television Networks, Asia, has finalised terms with FremantleMedia International for the talent show's rights.

Simon Cowell's Syco Entertainment and FremantleMedia International co-produced the "Got Talent" franchise. It appears in the Guinness World Records as the "Most Successful Reality Television Format" with 70 local versions produced across the Asia Pacific, Americas, Europe, Middle East and Africa. The talent show format is telecast in 186 countries around the world, Yibada reported.

As yet, "Asia's Got Talent" Season 2 has no local production firm or judges but is anticipated to start talent auditions throughout Asia. Its premiere is scheduled for the second half of the year, and is likely to broadcast on Sony's AXN network across much of the Asia-Pacific region. It geographically includes the key territories of India, Japan, Korea, and China.

FremantleMedia International GM - Asia and executive VP Ganesh Rajaram said in a statement that 'Asia's Got Talent' Season 1 had become the benchmark for talent shows in the pan-regional space and that they were thrilled to have had secured the multi-year partnership with Sony Pictures Television Networks, Asia.

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