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Endemol Shine Group and JTBC Korea sign international co-development deal


Global content creator, producer and distributor Endemol Shine Group today announced they have signed a first series deal for The Brain in Ukraine and a second series in Poland.

Ukrainian broadcaster STB has commissioned an eight part primetime series of extraordinary talent format The Brain from Endemol Shine Group.

Following ratings success earlier this year,  Endemol Shine Poland will produce a second series for Polsat, to air later this year. The Brain premiered in Poland in March, drawing in 2.55 million viewers and exceeding the channel average.

Originally developed by Endemol Shine Germany along their joint venture company Herr P and broadcaster ZDF, The Brain has has now sold to fourteen territories and is a breakout hit across Europe, Russia and China. The US version, Superhuman launched a primetime run this week on FOX.

The Brain performs strongly in Central and Eastern Europe and will be among Endemol Shine Group’s highlights at NAPTE Budapest next week. In Russia Endemol Shine Group’s production company WeiT Media were commissioned by Rossiya 1 for a second series immediately and a pan-regional adaptation aired in Bosnia, Montenegro, Croatia and Serbia.  Last month in Serbia, the series finale won its timeslot with a market share of 25.2%, exceeding the broadcasters’ primetime average by +117%.

Marina Williams, COO of International Operations at Endemol Shine Group says; “The Brain has firmly established itself as a hit across the region and we are thrilled to be bringing the show to Ukraine and to announce a second series in Poland. Turning the spotlight on the incredible skills of ordinary people really resonates with audiences and we are expecting strong interest at NAPTE Budapest next week.”

Lisa Perrin, CEO of Creative Networks at Endemol Shine Group adds; “Since it first launched in Germany, The Brain has gone from strength to strength and is a perfect example of how brilliant ideas can come from anywhere. It’s great to be bringing the show to new markets such as Ukraine and we’re sure the US series premiere on FOX will supercharge the format further.”

The Brain showcases amazing skills and unbelievable feats and sees contestants compete for a cash prize by performing mental and physical challenges that are all but impossible for everyday people. A celebrity panel gives comedic and insightful commentary for the studio audience.

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