SINGAPORE (Hollywood Reporter) - Mark Burnett Prods. has
teamed with Singapore production house Imagine OmniMedia to
co-produce the reality competition series "The Contender Asia,"
marking the first adaptation of the "Contender" format that
doesn't center on traditional boxing.
The focus of "Contender Asia" is the martial art of Muay
Thai, a form of kickboxing. The series, scheduled to start
shooting in Singapore at the beginning of August, will air on
"We did a global search to find 16 of the best fighters to
battle in 'Contender Asia,"' said C. Scot Cru, head of
international at Mark Burnett Prods. "Muay Thai dates back
thousands of years, and the popularity of the sport has seen
phenomenal growth over the past five years. We're very excited;
this show has been a year in the making, and we wanted to get
all the elements in place for a great program."
Cru added that negotiations are under way to air "Contender
Asia" in the U.S. as well but declined to be more specific.
Imagine OmniMedia said the series is scheduled to air at