'Contender 4' goes to Singapore

Mark Burnett moves reality TV flagship to Southeast Asia

SINGAPORE -- Mark Burnett is setting Season 4 of "The Contender" in Singapore, taking production of his flagship reality television show outside the U.S. for the first time.

Hosted by Tony Danza and produced with DreamWorks Television, the series is set to premiere in the U.S. in December.

In a statement Monday, Burnett declined to disclose terms of the deal with the Singapore Tourism Board, but said that cooperation from the Singapore government "made it an easy decision to bring our entire U.S. production to Singapore."

Postproduction of the 12-episode season also will be done in Singapore as part of a one-year exclusive deal with local post house Infinite Frameworks, Burnett said.

The deal marks the second time Singapore has hosted "The Contender" brand. "The Contender Muay Thai" was shot in the Southeast Asian island-state in 2007 in a co-production with local company Imagine Omnimedia. A second season of "The Contender Muay Thai" is in negotiation, Burnett said.

The Singapore version of "The Contender" is not part of Burnett's $20 million joint venture with Malaysian resort developer, Genting International.

That venture, Mark Burnett Productions Asia, is expected to announce its first locally developed format later this year, Burnett said.
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