CHANNEL 5 COMMISSIONS LIP SYNC BATTLE
CHANNEL 5 COMMISSIONS LIP SYNC BATTLE
Whizz Kid to produce British version of Spike’s smash-hit U.S. entertainment format
London, 3rd August 2015 – Channel 5 has greenlit a British version of Spike’s smash hit U.S. entertainment format, Lip Sync Battle – the UK broadcaster’s most ambitious prime-time entertainment commission under Viacom’s ownership.
The 8 x 30 minute series has been commissioned by Director of Programmes, Ben Frow, and will be produced for Channel 5 by Whizz Kid Entertainment. Steve Regan, VP, Commissioning and Production, MTV UK, will executive produce on behalf of Channel 5, reporting to Frow, with Whizz Kid’s Chief Executive, Malcolm Gerrie and Katherine Allen acting as co-Executive Producers. Presenting and performing talent will be announced in due course, with the series expected to premiere in the UK early in 2016.
Frow commented: “There is a great buzz around Lip Sync Battle – it’s one of the most talked-about and fought-over formats in the world of TV right now. We’re excited that our developing relationship with Spike in the U.S. has made a UK version of the show possible and look forward to bringing entertainment back to the heart of Channel 5 primetime.”
The award-nominated Lip Sync Battle is executive produced for Spike in the U.S. by Casey Patterson of Casey Patterson Entertainment, Jay Peterson of Matador Content, John Krasinski, Stephen Merchant and Eight Million Plus Productions. The original U.S. series is hosted by two-time Grammy award winner, LL Cool J and has featured an array of A-list musical combatants.
Based on the pop culture phenomenon of lip sync battling, the Spike original series features celebrities going head-to-head – lip-syncing the song of their choice – battling for the coolest bragging rights on the planet. The series is a ratings and multiplatform superstar for Spike and is the most-watched original series in the network’s history, averaging nearly 3 million viewers. The series has been re-commissioned for 20 more episodes in 2016.
The commission further strengthens Channel 5’s links with Spike U.S. The two Viacom-owned channels have collaborated on the launch of Spike UK, which debuted in April as the latest addition to Channel 5’s portfolio of channels and features a mix of Channel 5 factual output and Spike’s entertainment content, including the original U.S. version of Lip Sync Battle. Channel 5 has also acquired UK rights to Spike’s epic mini-series, Tut, which premiered in the UK on 1st August.
The format for Lip Sync Battle is being distributed internationally by the international program sales division of Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN), which owns both Channel 5 and MTV UK.
About Channel 5
Channel 5 launched as Britain’s fifth public service channel in March 1997. It reaches 4 in 5 of the UK viewing public each month with a broad mix of popular content. Sister channels 5*, 5USA and Spike complement Channel 5 with a mix of original commissions and acquired entertainment and U.S. drama, while Demand 5 is a free catch service available across multiple platforms and devices. In 2014, Channel 5 was the only major commercial free-to-air network to grow audience share across the most valuable TV audiences. Since September 2014, Channel 5 has been owned by Viacom International Media Networks.
About Viacom International Media Networks
Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN), a unit of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA), is comprised of many of the world’s most popular multimedia entertainment brands, including MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, BET, Paramount Channel, Channel 5 in the UK, VH1, VIVA, COLORS, Spike, Game One and Tr3s: MTV, Música y Más. Viacom brands are seen globally in more than 3.2 billion households in approximately 170 territories and 40 languages via more than 200 locally programmed and operated TV channels and more than 550 digital media and mobile TV properties. Keep up with VIMN news by visiting the VIMN PR Twitter feed at www.twitter.com/VIMN_PR. For more information about Viacom and its businesses, visit www.viacom.com.
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