BBC Studios has announced a deal with production house ANC Pvt Ltd to bring the Nepali version of the BBC format ‘Dancing with the Stars’ on television there. This deal with the local production house will see the Nepali version, Dancing with the Stars Nepal, premiere by the end of 2018. ANC will both produce and distribute the 26-episode series in Nepal.
The multi-award-winning primetime entertainment format Dancing with the Stars from the BBC sees local celebrities partner professional dancers to compete in a dance competition full of glitz and glamour. Every week, contestants have to learn a new dance and showcase their footwork on the dance floor, in a bid to impress a distinguished panel of judges and avoid elimination. With this format deal in Nepal, Dancing with the Stars will have been sold to 57 countries worldwide.
The licensing deal was sealed by the newly appointed Vice-President, BBC Studios, Ron Crasto. Crasto heads the New Business Development, OTT and Digital division of BBC Studios, South Asia. He will be responsible for seeking opportunities for BBC brands, content and ancillary businesses in the region.
“We are happy to welcome Ron to head our new business development in South Asia. Ron brings with him immense experience from his previous stints across multiple media companies,” Myleeta Aga, SVP and GM of South and South East Asia, BBC Studios, said.
“We have produced Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa, the Hindi version of Dancing with the Stars for eight seasons now and are excited to see how it will be received in Nepal. We hope that the Nepali audience will support the new series, and expect that the series will dazzle viewers in Nepal as it has in India,” Aga added.
Vivek Singh, Director, ANC Productions, said, “The people of Nepal have immense love for dance and we are ready to enthral them with stellar performances. It is a pleasure to work with BBC Studios, and to be a part of the growing Dancing with the Stars community.”