AXN is the official broadcast partner for “The Apprentice: ONE Championship Edition,” ONE Championship announced on August 27, 2020. The hit reality television series is expected to air in early 2021.
AXN will be the pan-regional broadcaster of “The Apprentice: ONE Championship Edition.” The reality show will air on Mediacorp in Singapore, on Abema in Japan, on KompasTV in Indonesia, on LINE TV in Thailand, on TV5 in the Philippines and on HTV in Vietnam.
“I am thrilled to announce that we have named AXN the official broadcast partner of ‘The Apprentice: ONE Championship Edition’ in Southeast Asia, bringing the compelling drama and nail-biting reality TV excitement of one of history’s greatest shows to millions of viewers all across the region,” ONE Championship’ global media partnerships senior vice president Sanchit Garg stated. “AXN is a network known for its top-rated dramas, blockbusters, reality TV and original productions. I am also ecstatic to confirm six additional confirmed free-to-air partners to carry the show.”
The Singapore-based martial arts organization also announced an initial list of six additional media and free-to-air (FTA) platforms confirmed to collaborate with its in commercial and marketing efforts, as well as to air the show during primetime in their respective territories. More international broadcast partners will be announced shortly.
Featuring exclusive top-rated drama series, blockbuster features, reality programs and ground-breaking original productions, AXN is home to several popular shows including “The Amazing Race Asia,” “The Apprentice Asia,” “Asia’s Got Talent,” “Cash Cab” and “The Contender Asia.” The television channel is owned by KC Global Media Asia.
“Our strategic partnership with ONE Championship enables audiences across the region to experience the high-stakes challenges for the first time,” KC Global Media Asia revenue vice president and head Avani Bhanchawat stated. “‘The Apprentice: ONE Championship Edition’ adds to AXN’s stable of exclusive top-rated reality programs and ground-breaking original productions. Our partnership in this programme is a strong testament of AXN’s commitment to building and grooming the development of entrepreneurs with great physical and mental agility to thrive in today’s business environment and raise the bar for business leadership.”
“The Apprentice: ONE Championship Edition” will have 16 contestants who will compete in a high-stakes game of business and physical challenges. The winner will receive a $250,000 job offer to work directly under ONE Championship chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong as his protege in Singapore for one year.
There will be 13 episodes and each of the first 12 episodes will feature one guest CEO and one guest star athlete. Among the CEOs from large companies confirmed to join the first season so far are Zilingo CEO Ankiti Bose, Catcha Group and iFlix CEO Patrick Grove, Grab CEO Anthony Tan and Everise CEO Sudhir Agarwal.
Along with the contestants, the guest athletes will participate in tests of athletic ability and cardio endurance. Confirmed to make appearances are ONE Heavyweight World Champion Brandon “The Truth” Vera, ONE Women’s Atomweight World Champion “Unstoppable” Angela Lee, ONE Flyweight Grand Prix World Champion Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson, Indian wrestling World Champion Ritu “The Indian Tigress” Phogat, Karate World Champion “Super” Sage Northcutt, and ONE Women’s Strawweight World Champion “The Panda” Xiong Jing Nan.
“The Apprentice” is one of the world’s biggest non-scripted reality TV programs in history that judges the business skills of a group of contestants competing for a job offer with a high-profile CEO. It has aired in over 120 countries.