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May iPad

Int’l nets go for Lip Sync

Lip Sync Battle was the most-watched original series in Spike's history

Lip Sync Battle was the most-watched original series in Spike’s history

Broadcasters in Canada, Poland and Indonesia have become the latest channels to order local versions of US cablenet Spike’s Lip Sync Battle.

The show, which sees celebrities mime along to well-known pop and rock hits, quickly became one of Spike’s most successful programmes after launching in March, having originated as a segment on Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show.

Groupe V Media in Canada will begin airing its French-language adaptation on October 2, with local prodco Salvail & Co producing the 13×30′ run.

The series will air simultaneously on Groupe V Media’s pay TV channel Musique Plus, which aired the US original earlier this year, and its free-to-air (FTA) channel V.

In Poland, commercial channel TVN will launch a local version consisting of 12 half-hour episodes. Produced by Golden Media, it will make its debut on VoD platform TVN Player next month.

Meanwhile, in Southeast Asia, Indonesia’s FTA broadcaster Net TV has ordered a season consisting of 45 half-hour episodes that will debut next month.

Distributor Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) said these latest deals mean there are now seven confirmed local adaptations of Lip Sync Battle around the world.

These include previously announced agreements with Viacom-owned Channel 5 in the UK, a broadcaster in Chile and a Chinese internet portal.

FremantleMedia in Australia and Mediaworks TV in New Zealand have also recently taken an option on the format, joining companies in France, Italy, Spain, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Holland, Belgium, Hungary, Czech Republic, Bulgaria and Lithuania, according to VIMN.


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