CTV Acquires Game-Changing New Reality Series RISING STAR from Keshet DCP for Summer 2014
Itâ€™s social TV on a whole new level. CTV announced today it has acquired the exclusive Canadian broadcast rights to the much buzzed-about and sought-after new revolutionary reality seriesÂ RISING STARÂ from Keshet International.Â The fastest-selling talent show ever and already aÂ massive hit in its original Israeli market,Â RISING STARÂ is the first competition series ever to tally viewer votes in real time, making it truly interactive television.Â From the very first minute of the very first episode, viewers play an integral role in every decision made throughout the seasonÂ via an innovative free app, available in both Canada and the U.S.Â From Keshet DCP andÂ executive producers Ken Warwick (AMERICAN IDOL) and Nicolle Yaron (THE VOICE),Â RISING STARskyrockets ontoÂ CTVâ€™s summer scheduleÂ SundaysÂ atÂ 9 p.m. ET/PTÂ beginningÂ June 22Â with a special two-hour premiere. The series will also be available live and on demand onÂ CTV.caÂ and the CTV Go app.
RISING STARÂ seesÂ aspiring singersÂ â€“Â including solo vocalists, duos, and vocal groupsÂ â€“Â perform alone behind a giant wall of TV screens displaying the faces of viewers at home who have shown their support for the performance. As viewers, the judging panel, and the studio audience vote, competitors and viewers see how theyâ€™re doing in real time through a live vote meter. Once the competitorsâ€™ votes reach a certain level, the screen in front of them slowly rises and a new star is revealed.
â€śRISING STARâ€™s innovative format is truly revolutionary, compelling, and offers CTV viewers an engagement opportunity like never before,â€ť said Mike Cosentino, Senior Vice-President, Programming, CTV Networks.
RISING STARÂ had a record-breaking debut on Keshetâ€™s Channel 2 in Israel from September to December 2013,Â maintaining its audience throughout Season 1 as the highest-rated show in 10 of its 15 weeks on air. The series also saw overÂ 10Â millionÂ votes cast through the app.Â Now sold to more than 25 broadcasters and territories,Â RISING STARÂ is the fastest-selling talent show ever. The territories include the USA (ABC), UK (ITV), Spain (Atresmedia), Italy (Toro), France (M6 Group), Russia (Rossiya1), Germany (RTL), the Nordics (Nordisk), Hungary (TV2), Brazil (Rede Globo), Portugal (TVI), and most recently Argentina (Telefe), Turkey (Acun Medya), and Indonesia (RCTI).
About Keshet International
Keshet International is Keshet Media Group’s global distribution and production arm.Â Headed by CEO Alon Shtruzman, it includes Keshet’s local production outposts (Keshet UK, Keshet Australia, Keshet Canada and Keshet DCP in the US)Â as well as its global distributionÂ arm.
KI’s catalogue consists of over 60 tried and tested properties that appeal to audiences worldwide, spanning all genres. Highlights includeÂ hit dramaÂ PRISONERS OF WAR, the original Israeli version of prime time EmmyÂ®Â winnerÂ HOMELAND; hit interactive talent show RISING STAR; International EmmyÂ®-nominated docu-reality formatÂ DEAR NEIGHBORS, HELP OUR DAUGHTER FIND LOVE; talent showÂ MASTER CLASS; cross platform formatÂ 50 THINGS YOU HAVE TO KNOW; reality dating formatÂ GIRLFRI3NDS; game showÂ THE VAULT; and ‘buddy comedyâ€™Â TRAFFIC LIGHT, winner of an International Emmy Award.
About Keshet DCP
Keshet DCPÂ is the joint venture between Keshet International (KI), the global distribution and production arm of Keshet Media Group, and DC Media, the parent company of dick clark productions (dcp).Â Keshet DCP was formed to leverage Keshetâ€™s globally successful unscripted business with DC Mediaâ€™s expansive U.S. infrastructure and production expertise. Rising Star ABC will mark the companyâ€™s first foray into the market since its formation in October.