The Masked Singer

Looking beyond the headlines of Korea’s booming scripted biz

Everybody knows about Squid Game, but how much do you know about the TV industry that created it? Nick Edwards takes a deep dive into South Korea’s production industry and finds out what makes it tick By the far the ‘buzziest’ show of 2021 was Netflix’s comic-book like dystopian thriller Squid Game. Following in the […]

TBI Formats: Delivering expectations on ‘The Masked Singer’

Bandicoot co-founders Derek McLean and Daniel Nettleton reflect on the pressures and challenges of remaking hit singing format The Masked Singer, which debuted on ITV earlier this year As a TV territory, the UK rightly prides itself on originality – and importing formats isn’t something we do all the time. So when it came to […]

Exclusive: ‘Masked Singer’ tops K7’s list of best-selling formats in 2019

The Masked Singer has emerged as 2019’s format of the year in consultancy K7 Media’s annual report on the top 100 travelling unscripted TV formats, Tracking the Giants. To date, the MBC Korea/Fremantle distributed format from South Korea has racked up 25 identified licence sales around the world in less than a year, according to […]

Territory focus: Thailand – Hitting the high notes

Thailand is establishing itself as a hotspot for production ingenuity both regionally and on the international stage. Amanda Groom of advisory firm The Bridge gives Richard Middleton a rundown of why the country should be on your radar As far as Asian format exports go, it’s hard to beat The Masked Singer for making a […]

NBCUniversal strikes first-look deal with ‘Masked Singer’ creator Park Won Woo

The Masked Singer creator Park Won Woo has struck a first-look deal with NBCUniversal-owned Universal Television Alternative Studio. The Korean formats creator, who has more than 22 years of experience in the industry, is responsible for MBC Korea’s The King Of Mask Singer and has also produced Top Gear Korea, 300: War Of The United […]

Studio Lambert strikes development deal with ‘Masked Singer’ showrunner

The Circle producer Studio Lambert has struck a development deal with Izzie Pick Ibarra, the showrunner and executive producer of The Masked Singer for Fox. Pick Ibarra will develop and produce new ideas with the All3Media-owned UK producer, while also helping to sell and oversee production on remakes of the company’s existing projects. She previously […]

‘Masked Singer’ marks triumphant return to Fox

Fox’s The Masked Singer has enjoyed a triumphant return to air, pulling in strong ratings for the US broadcaster.  The hit talent show enjoyed an expanded two-hour season two premiere from 8-10pm on Wednesday (25 September), capturing 7.9m total viewers and an impressive 2.5 ratings in the coveted 18-49 demo. The show launched during what […]

ITV’s ‘Masked Singer’ shapes up with host and judges confirmed

UK broadcaster ITV’s adaptation of The Masked Singer is shaping up, with a host and star-studded judging panel confirmed for the 2020 show. Comedian and presenter Joel Dommett – a known stand-up who has presented the likes of ITV2’s I’m A Celebrity…, Hey Tracey! and Singletown – will take on hosting duties for the talent […]

ITV confirms ‘Masked Singer’ to debut in 2020

ITV has confirmed that it is adapting hit Korean format The Masked Singer, as reported exclusively by TBI earlier this year.  The format will be a stripped, eight-part event that will TX in 2020. Argonon Group-backed producer Bandicoot will produce after having optioned the format a number of years ago, as previously reported. In the US, […]

‘Masked Singer’ scores Australian adaptation

The Masked Singer has snagged an Australian adaptation.  The costumed-based singing format — which originated out of Korean broadcaster MBC as The King of Mask Singer — is heading to Australian commercial broadcaster Network 10 and sister channel WIN Network, where it will be produced locally by Warner Bros. Australia. In the MBC Korea-distributed singing format, celebrities sing […]