For the first time, pan-Arab media conglom MBC Group is taking the pan-Arab format rights to The X Factor and Project Runway for three seasons each.  In addition, FremantleMedia International closed a multi-year deal with MBC resulting in the re-licensing of the pan-Arab versions of Idol and Got Talent for three further seasons. Last year, Arab Idol attracted global media interest as singer Mohammed Assaf, a former wedding singer from Gaza, was declared the winner of the second season. The MENA region united as Assaf’s finale performance generated audience shares over five times higher than the broadcaster average. The Idol format, co-owned by FremantleMedia and 19 Entertainment, has now been produced in 51 territories worldwide. Arabs’ Got Talent became MBC4’s number one show in both 2012 and 2013. Co-owned by Syco Entertainment and FremantleMedia, the global Got Talent format is licensed in 65 territories worldwide.  The pan-Arab version of The X Factor takes the format to 51 territories around the world. The Syco Entertainment owned and created format is co-produced/licensed by FremantleMedia worldwide. The Weinstein Co. owned Project Runway is now produced in 23 territories.

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Restaurant Startup Sells AbroadShine International today announced that the format for Joe Bastianich’s Restaurant Startup has sold in two markets: Canada (Game TV) and the Philippines (LifeStyle Network). Restaurant Startup first aired on CNBC in June, becoming the network’s most watched original series premiere in the network’s history. Restaurant Startup follows restaurateur, author and TV personality, Joe Bastianich, a judge on the U.S. adaptation of MasterChef, MasterChef Junior USA and MasterChef Italy, and chef/restaurant operator, Tim Love, as they invest their dough in restaurant concepts they believe could make them a fortune. Two teams pitch their temporary restaurant concepts to Bastianich and Love, which if accepted, are then tested as a model to the public. Restaurant Startup is produced for CNBC by Shine America and JB Crushed, LLC, with James Bruce, Eden Gaha, Paul Franklin, Robin Feinberg and Bastianich as executive producers. Jim Ackerman and Lucas Platt are the EPs for CNBC.