NBC Greenlights Reality Singing Competition Show With Modern Twist

Is NBC looking for “The Voice” round two?

The network has greenlit “The Stream,” a reality singing competition series that focuses on digital, streaming musicians, Variety has learned.

“The Stream” gives aspiring musicians the chance to be discovered through the internet and social media, like many of today’s stars such as Justin Bieber and Adele first found fame.

The talent show takes a twist on the tradition singing competition show, as contestants auditions will take place in the comfort of their own home — everyday people can upload their video to “The Stream” online platform where it will immediately become available to the public so that users can spread, share and stream all of their favorite acts and music. The 100 most-streamed musicians will then head to a showcase where they will perform in front of yet-to-be-announced industry titans who will then select 30 artists to work with for one week, and at the end of the week, each titan will sign their three favorite contestants. Those signed artists will complete in a weekly live show, which will be voted on by the audience via the number of streams for their music. The winner of “The Stream” will ultimately be the most-streamed artist.

Contestants can hail from all genres whether they are a solo singer, rap-duo or electronic group.

“‘The Stream’ brilliantly uses technology and social media to draw music lovers in and make them a part of the process. We’re excited to discover talent in this modern way and connect the best artists with the industry’s top starmakers,” said Paul Telegdy, president of alternative and reality group at NBC Entertainment.

“The Stream” is based on the Norwegian format. The series hails from Universal Television Alternative Studio, Monster, TV2, Nordic World and Little Hill. Steve Wohl at Paradigm packaged the deal.

For Universal Television Alternative Studio, “The Stream” marks the fourth recent series order for an unscripted show. Other upcoming projects are Jennifer Lopez’s “World of Dance,” entrepreneurial series “Funded” with Tyra Banks and “Common Sense,” which was announced earlier this week.

More TV

  • How Mipcom is Adapting Through 'The

    How Mipcom is Adapting to Wider Content Offerings Through 'The Streaming Offensive'

    With the rise of streamers rapidly changing the television industry, it was inevitable that the biggest TV market would have to address the evolution. A year after exploring the so-called big shift in television, the theme of this year’s Mipcom conference is the Streaming Offensive, with sessions from speakers including Amazon Studios’ head of international [...]

  • Ronan Farrow Noah Oppenheim

    NBC News Rebukes Ronan Farrow: 'We Have No Secrets'

    The president of NBC News pushed back on some of the explosive claims made by journalist Ronan Farrow Monday, calling into question an allegation that the NBCUniversal news outlet knew about sexual misconduct by former “Today” anchor Matt Lauer before he was fired in 2017. “Farrow alleges there were employees who reported Lauer’s behavior prior [...]

  • Riviera and Das Boot Sky TV

    Inside Sky Studios' Plan to Be the 'Biggest European TV Producer'

    Comcast forked out $40 billion for Sky and is now backing its CEO Jeremy Darroch’s plan to turbo-charge its pipeline of originals. It has created Sky Studios and will double its programming outlay in a plan that insiders tell Variety will see it spend £1 billion ($1.2 billion) a year on original programming within five [...]

  • Jason Flemyng, Casting Director Lucinda Syson

    Jason Flemyng, Lucinda Syson Launch Film and TV Indie The Kernel Factory (EXCLUSIVE)

    Jason Flemyng, fellow actor Ben Starr, casting director Lucinda Syson, and finance expert Cristiano D’Urso are opening The Kernel Factory, a new U.K.-based film and TV indie. Flemyng has a long list of movie credits including “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen,” and Guy Ritchie’s “Lock, Stock and Two Smoking [...]

  • ITV Wins Pre-Sales for Mipcom Drama

    Pre-Sales for 'Noughts and Crosses' Lead Scripted Deals for ITV Studios at Mipcom

    ITV Studios Global Entertainment has racked up pre-sales for its leading Mipcom title “Noughts and Crosses”, and has unveiled a number of other deals on its drama slate. “Noughts and Crosses” has been acquired by M-Net in Africa, Russia’s More TV, TVNZ in New Zealand and on BBC First across Benelux prior to its launch [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content