'Kids Got Talent' Headed to Italy

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FremantleMedia has inked a deal to showcase the nation’s youngest stars.

FremantleMedia Italy, in partnership with Syco Entertainment, has confirmed a deal to bring its Kids Got Talent format to Sky-owned free-to-air channel TV8. Similar to the popular Italy’s Got Talent series, the show will focus on the country’s wide variety of talent, featuring kids under the age of 11 performing their best acts before a judging panel.

Italy’s Got Talent judge Claudio Bisio is already confirmed to present the series, which will focus not on the competitive aspect of the franchise, but on the uplifting mix of entertaining talent coming from far and wide.

Italy’s Got Talent has been very successful, which is due in part to the fact it’s a family-orientated show which children love,” said Lorenzo Mieli, CEO of FremantleMedia Italy. “They are the biggest supporters of the series and we wanted to offer them their own stage. We decided to make it non-competitive to emphasis the fun aspect, enabling the children to perform their talent without having to worry about the opinions of the judges.”

The Got Talent franchise is the world’s most successful reality TV format. It is watched by an estimated 500 million people worldwide with 69 local versions across Europe, Asia Pacific, the Middle-East, Africa and the Americas.

Sky Italia has had huge hits with both Italy’s Got Talent and X Factor Italy, extending contracts with FremantleMedia for the two series through 2018. Italy’s Got Talent averages 2 million viewers per episode.