Fremantle, SYCO Entertainment and Shanghai Media Group today announced a partnership to commission a new talent series for China called The Magnificent Dancer, based on the globally successful SYCO created show, The Greatest Dancer.

The Magnificent Dancer is the English translation for 伟大的舞者, and will be co-developed by Shanghai Media Group, Fremantle and Syco Entertainment and is set to launch on Dragon TV later this spring. The deal was brokered by Haryaty Rahman, Fremantle’s SVP of Distribution, Asia, International.

The primetime entertainment series will bring together a host of local talent as they give the performances of their lives in the search for China’s greatest dancer. From ballet and jazz, to hip hop; via every dance style imaginable, the dance competition will feature a number of genres as well as dramatic auditions, challenges and live performances. Expect incredible routines and remarkable performances as dancers from across China perform each week in the hope of being crowned the winner.

Yu Song, International Department, Dragon TV, part of SMG, said: “Dragon TV is honoured to develop this new dance show with Fremantle and SYCO, who are known globally for producing the best and most successful entertainment formats.  We look forward to sharing expertise and deepening our strong relationship throughout the development process, and  we also hope to have more cooperation with Fremantle and SYCO in the future to create more successful shows.”

Ganesh Rajaram, Fremantle’s General Manager and EVP Sales – Asia said “China is an extremely accomplished and sophisticated market when it comes to international formats. We are proud to be partnering again with SMG, who we work with on China’s Got Talent, to bring The Magnificent Dancer (伟大的舞者) to China. This deal is testament to their determination and commitment to an inspirational new dance show in the region.”

Abi Doyle, Vice President, International Productions, SYCO Entertainment, said: “We at Syco Entertainment are delighted to once again be working with SMG. They are terrific partners who consistently deliver quality programming. This exciting production will welcome exceptional talent from all walks of life, united by the universal language of dance. I am confident our audience in China will love it”.

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