‘Got Talent’ goes global

NBC hit sold to 80 countries

NBC’s sophomore reality hit “America’s Got Talent” is proving just as popular a format with international broadcasters as it is with U.S. viewers.

Variety skein, produced by the U.K.’s Fremantle Media and Simon Cowell’s Syco TV, has notched up sales to 80 countries worldwide following a raft of recent deals across Asia, the Americas and Europe.

In Asia, Fremantle Media Enterprises has secured a pan-regional deal with Star TV for the show, as well as deals with On Media in South Korea, Mediacorp TV in Singapore, TVB in Hong Kong, Solar in the Philippines and UBC TV in Thailand.

A pan-regional deal with Sony, meanwhile, will see the show air across Latin America and the Caribbean, while in Canada, the company has inked deals with commercial webs CTV and TVA.

Elsewhere, the show has been picked up by digital web ITV2 in the U.K., TV3 in Ireland, TV4 in Sweden, Channel 4 in Finland, 365 Media in Iceland, the Seven Network in Australia and Sky TV in New Zealand.

The format itself also has been sold by Fremantle to 16 countries around the world to date and proved a rare summer hit for Blighty’s ITV when a local version aired in June.

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