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Acun Ilicali
Turkey
2018

TV8

Acun
Ilicali

Owner

After starting out as a sports reporter in the ‘90s, Turkish producer and personality Ilicali turned “Deal or No Deal” into local megahit “Var M?s?n?, Yok Musun?” followed by other Western game formats on which he is producer, host and judge: “Turkey’s Got Talent” (aka “Yetenek Sizsiniz Türkiye”), “The Voice” (or rather “O Ses Türkiye”) and the Turkish incarnation of  reality competition “Survivor.” In 2013, he bought national network TV8 and turned it into a game-show and reality-show goldmine. More recently, he expanded his Acun Medya’s global footprint, producing “Survivor” in Greece, where it has taken the country by storm, and launching unscripted sports show “Exathlon” in Brazil, Mexico and Romania, where the ratings have been stellar.

Career

  • TV8
  • Acun Medya
  • MNG Shop

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Acun Ilicali Reflects on Career Milestones Ahead of MIPTV 2018

Acun Ilicali Reflects on Career Milestones Ahead of MIPTV 2018

Self-made Turkish media mogul Acun Ilicali started out as a sports reporter in the ’90s, then became a top TV personality hosting the game show “Deal or No Deal,” and now owns one of Turkey’s top-rated TV channels, TV8. He’s been grabbing eyeballs on TV8 lately playing a Simon Cowell-like role as producer, host and judge on adaptations of Western shows such as “Turkey’s Got Talent.” Besides having attained great popularity and being a major local TV player, Ilicali has...

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