AXN Tops English GE Q1 2015 Ratings CSI:Cyber, The Blacklist and Asia’s Got Talent Take the Primetime Spotlight in SE Asia and Taiwan | KrishGeek

AXN Tops English GE Q1 2015 Ratings CSI:Cyber, The Blacklist and Asia’s Got Talent Take the Primetime Spotlight in SE Asia and Taiwan | KrishGeek

AXN Tops English GE Q1 2015 Ratings CSI:Cyber, The Blacklist and Asia’s Got Talent Take the Primetime Spotlight in SE Asia and Taiwan

PHILIPPINES (April 9, 2015) – AXN continued its thrilling streak in Q1 2015, claiming top spot in English general entertainment primetime ratings collectively in Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines and Taiwan.

As the dominant English GE channel across the region, AXN held 37 percent of the primetime viewing share among 20 competing channels, with ratings that were more than 60 percent higher than the next best rated English GE channel.

“Pilot” -- CSI: CYBER stars Emmy Award winner Patricia Arquette in a drama inspired by the advanced technological work of real-life CyberPsychologist Mary Aiken. Special Agent Avery Ryan (Arquette) heads the Cyber Crime Division of the FBI, a unit at the forefront of solving illegal activities that start in the mind, live online, and play out in the real world. While other agents search for criminals in dark homes and alleys, Ryan searches the “dark net,” a place deep in the bowels of the web where criminals are anonymous, money is untraceable and everything is for sale with just a keystroke. CSI: CYBER will premiere Spring 2015, Sundays (10:00-11:00 PM ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.  Pictured: Patricia Arquette.  Photo: Monty Brinton/CBS  ©2014 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved
“Pilot” — CSI: CYBER stars Emmy Award winner Patricia Arquette in a drama inspired by the advanced technological work of real-life CyberPsychologist Mary Aiken. Special Agent Avery Ryan (Arquette) heads the Cyber Crime Division of the FBI, a unit at the forefront of solving illegal activities that start in the mind, live online, and play out in the real world. While other agents search for criminals in dark homes and alleys, Ryan searches the “dark net,” a place deep in the bowels of the web where criminals are anonymous, money is untraceable and everything is for sale with just a keystroke. CSI: CYBER will premiere Spring 2015, Sundays (10:00-11:00 PM ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Pictured: Patricia Arquette. Photo: Monty Brinton/CBS ©2014 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Asia’s home of thrilling entertainment posted strong ratings gains on the back of the premieres of popular new and returning scripted series including “CSI: Cyber” and “The Blacklist” Season 2, along with AXN raymond_reddington_-_the_blacklist_-_cast

Asia’s latest original series “Asia’s Got Talent”. Quarter one primetime ratings grew in all four markets vs 2014. In particular, AXN enjoyed 50 per cent growth quarter-on-quarter in Singapore, 20 percent in the

Philippines, 15 percent in Taiwan, while in Malaysia the channel enjoyed more than double the rating of its closest competitor.

Hui Keng Ang, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Sony Pictures Television Networks, Asia said, “Quality, buzzworthy drama and reality series airing day and date with the U.S remain integral to

AXN’s success. Adding to this is our focus on producing exciting localized original productions, and engaging viewers for a truly social television experience. ‘Asia’s Got Talent’, while a ratings success on linear TV, has also inspired an active and colorful fan base across several social platforms.”

After a strong launch in March, “Asia’s Got Talent” has continued to deliver top ratings in Southeast Asia and Taiwan a month into the series.

Billed as the biggest talent competition in the world, “Asia’s Got Talent” features some of the region’s most amazing performing artists competing for the coveted title. The first four episodes showcased many breathtaking performances and incredible characters, and at times hilarious and cringeworthy acts which kept viewers thoroughly entertained each week.

In its first four episodes, Asia’s Got Talent cumulatively delivered 5.7 million viewers across Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines and Taiwan. AXN dominated the Thursday night premiere timeslot with more than 16 times the rating of the next best English GE program.

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“Asia’s Got Talent” will enter the semi-finals phase from April 16, with the sixth to eighth episodes featuring the best 24 acts selected by the judges from the first five episodes. The 24 performances will then be voted upon by the AXN audience via SMS, Facebook, and the “Asia’s Got Talent” mobile application, to determine the nine finalists. The show is proudly presented by Marina Bay Sands, Big Cola, Pantene, Caltex, Jetstar and GrabTaxi.

“Asia’s Got Talent” airs Thursdays at 8.30pm (SG, MY, PH, HK) / 7.30pm (JKT, BKK) and from April 16 from 8.05pm (SG, MY, PH, HK) / 7.05pm (JKT, BKK) – First on AXN

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Source: Kantar Media Singapore & Philippines, Nielsen Media Research Malaysia & Taiwan. Primetime is 6.00pm – 1.00am. Target is total pay TV audience. Ratings in Malaysia are based on combined rating of SD and HD for channels with same programming on both services.

www.AXNAsia.com/AsiasGotTalent

Three More “Asia’s Got Talent” Finalists to Emerge ,This Thursday on AXN

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Vote for Your Favorite Act via SMS, Facebook and the “Asia’s Got Talent” App

“Asia’s Got Talent”, the biggest talent competition in the world, will continue its search for the next three finalists this Thursday, April 23 at 8:05pm, first on AXN.

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Audiences will be dazzled by the performances of the second set of eight semi-finalists who were selected by the celebrity judging panel featuring David Foster, Anggun, Van Ness Wu and Melanie C. The semi-finalists will take their acts to even greater heights to win the hearts and votes of AXN audiences across the region to advance to the Grand Finals on May 7 at the iconic Marina Bay Sands in Singapore.

This Thursday’s episode will see the return of the thrilling Filipino dance group Junior New System; the powerful vocals of Singapore’s Fathin Amira and Filipino classical singer Gerphil Geraldine Flores; the stunning extreme acts of Vietnamese master Bao Cuong; mystical Mongolian throat singers of Khosogton Band; comical Indonesian music instrumentalists Young Boys; the funky all-girl South Korea rock band Bebop; together with the amazing 12 year old Thai ukulele player Sydney Uke.

Viewers can vote for their favorite acts in one of three ways: SMS, Facebook and the “Asia’s Got Talent” mobile app. Voting opens after the broadcast of each semi-final episode and will remain open for four days. Details on how to vote can be found on the “Asia’s Got Talent” website:  http://asiasgottalent.tv/vote/

“Asia’s Got Talent” is proudly presented by Marina Bay Sands, Big Cola, Pantene, Caltex, Jetstar and GrabTaxi. Brought to you in the Philippines by KFC, Globe, and Cherifer.

AXN is a leader of regionally produced original content in Asia, with notable ratings successes including four seasons of the International  Emmy-nominated “The Amazing Race Asia”; the Asian Television Award-winning “Cash Cab Asia”; “The Apprentice Asia”; “Cyril: Rio Magic”; “Cyril’s Family Vacation: Hawaii Edition”; and the Asian Television Award-nominated “Cyril: Simply Magic”.

“Asia’s Got Talent” Premiere Tops Philippine Ratings

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Manila, Philippines –AXN’s highly anticipated “Asia’s Got Talent” premiere collectively topped ratings among English Pay TV channels in Southeast Asia.

During the show’s two hour debut on Thursday, March 12 at 8:05pm,AXN delivered more than 10 times the ratings of the next English general entertainment
channel across Singapore, Malaysia and the Philippines[1].

“Asia’s Got Talent” was the
top AXN program year to date in the country. During its telecast, AXN ranked #1
with more than 80 per cent share amongst all English general entertainment
channels, and ranked #2 amongst all Pay TV channels.

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In Singapore, “Asia’s Got Talent” led the ratings chart in its
timeslot for English Pay TV channels and AXN was also the top English channel
for the night on StarHub.

In Malaysia, “Asia’s Got Talent” was the #1 rated show in its
timeslot across all English channels on Astro. AXN dominated the timeslot with
over 80 per cent share across all English general entertainment channels.

Billed as the biggest talent competition in the world, “Asia’s Got
Talent” features some of the region’s most breathtaking, jaw-dropping and
mind-blowing performing artists competing for the coveted winning title. The
premiere episode was a kaleidoscope of quirky characters and stunning talent,
with many acts winning the hearts of viewers across the region.

Hui Keng Ang, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Sony
Pictures Television Networks, Asia said,“Asia’s Got Talent is off to a
thrilling start on AXN as we bring together millions of viewers to celebrate
the diversity of talent and dreams of contestants from over 15 territories in
Asia. The response to the premiere istruly incredible and after the success of
both The Amazing Race Asia and The Apprentice Asia, AXN continues its mission
to create high quality and engaging content.”

Driven by the strong performance of programs such as “Asia’s Got
Talent”, AXN has maintained its top English general entertainment channel
position in 2015 year-to-date. Collectively across the three Southeast Asian
countries, AXN enjoyed a 30 per cent share amongst 19 English general
entertainment channels during prime time.3

“Asia’s Got Talent” is the
63rd adaptation of the Guinness World Record-breaking hit “Got
Talent” format, which was created by Simon Cowell’s Syco Entertainment and is
co-produced by FremantleMedia. The “Got Talent” format is officially the most
successful reality TV format in history and currently airs in 186 countries.

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Each act competing in “Asia’s Got Talent” will have to receive at
least three “Yeses” from the esteemed celebrity judging panel comprising 16
time Grammy-winning Canadian musician David Foster, UK pop sensation and former
Spice Girl Melanie C., Indonesian rock icon Anggun, and Taiwanese-American pop
idol and actor Van Ness Wu.

The four judges must select the most dazzling performances from
thousands of hopefuls from 15 territories across Asia. Those who make it to the
semi-finals will contend with an even tougher judge, AXN viewers at home who
will ultimately decide the winner of “Asia’s Got Talent”.

A grand prize worth USD$100,000 is up for grabs, along with the
opportunity to return and perform at the iconic Marina Bay Sands, Asia’s
leading entertainment destination – where the semi-final shows and finale will
be held.

“Asia’s Got Talent” spans 10 weekly episodes, including five
audition episodes, three semi-finals, a finale episode and aresults gala. In
addition to enjoying the performances, audiences can get to know more about
their favorite acts as “Asia’s Got Talent” tells the life stories behind some
of the most colorful individuals and groups in the competition.

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“Asia’s Got Talent” is proudly presented by Marina Bay Sands, Big
Cola, Pantene, Caltex, Jetstar and GrabTaxi and brought to you by KFC, Globe
and Cherifer in the Philippines.

AXN is a leader of regionally produced original content in Asia,
with notabe ratings successes including four seasons of the International 
Emmy-nominated “The Amazing Race Asia”; the Asian Television Award-winning
“Cash Cab Asia”; “The Apprentice Asia”; “Cyril: Rio Magic”; “Cyril’s Family
Vacation: Hawaii Edition”; and the Asian Television Award-nominated “Cyril:
Simply Magic”.

“Asia’s Got Talent” airs Thursdays at 8.30pm
(SG, MY, PH, HK) / 7.30pm (JKT, BKK) – First on AXN


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Connect with the judges, hosts, and your
favorite contestants through videos and photos, exclusively on the Asia’s
Got Talent official Facebook page. Catch behind-the-scenes footage of the
auditions only on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/asiasgottalent/

www.AXNAsia.com/AsiasGotTalent

Asia’s Got Talent Philippine Premiere

https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10206427992247514&pnref=story

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“Asia’s Got Talent” Premiere Tops Philippine Ratings

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Manila, Philippines –AXN’s highly anticipated “Asia’s Got Talent” premiere collectively topped ratings among English Pay TV channels in Southeast Asia.

During the show’s two hour debut on Thursday, March 12 at 8:05pm,AXN delivered more than 10 times the ratings of the next English general entertainment
channel across Singapore, Malaysia and the Philippines[1].

“Asia’s Got Talent” was the
top AXN program year to date in the country. During its telecast, AXN ranked #1
with more than 80 per cent share amongst all English general entertainment
channels, and ranked #2 amongst all Pay TV channels.

image

In Singapore, “Asia’s Got Talent” led the ratings chart in its
timeslot for English Pay TV channels and AXN was also the top English channel
for the night on StarHub.

In Malaysia, “Asia’s Got Talent” was the #1 rated show in its
timeslot across all English channels on Astro. AXN dominated the timeslot with
over 80 per cent share across all English general entertainment channels.

Billed as the biggest talent competition in the world, “Asia’s Got
Talent” features some of the region’s most breathtaking, jaw-dropping and
mind-blowing performing artists competing for the coveted winning title. The
premiere episode was a kaleidoscope of quirky characters and stunning talent,
with many acts winning the hearts of viewers across the region.

Hui Keng Ang, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Sony
Pictures Television Networks, Asia said,“Asia’s Got Talent is off to a
thrilling start on AXN as we bring together millions of viewers to celebrate
the diversity of talent and dreams of contestants from over 15 territories in
Asia. The response to the premiere istruly incredible and after the success of
both The Amazing Race Asia and The Apprentice Asia, AXN continues its mission
to create high quality and engaging content.”

Driven by the strong performance of programs such as “Asia’s Got
Talent”, AXN has maintained its top English general entertainment channel
position in 2015 year-to-date. Collectively across the three Southeast Asian
countries, AXN enjoyed a 30 per cent share amongst 19 English general
entertainment channels during prime time.3

“Asia’s Got Talent” is the
63rd adaptation of the Guinness World Record-breaking hit “Got
Talent” format, which was created by Simon Cowell’s Syco Entertainment and is
co-produced by FremantleMedia. The “Got Talent” format is officially the most
successful reality TV format in history and currently airs in 186 countries.

image

Each act competing in “Asia’s Got Talent” will have to receive at
least three “Yeses” from the esteemed celebrity judging panel comprising 16
time Grammy-winning Canadian musician David Foster, UK pop sensation and former
Spice Girl Melanie C., Indonesian rock icon Anggun, and Taiwanese-American pop
idol and actor Van Ness Wu.

The four judges must select the most dazzling performances from
thousands of hopefuls from 15 territories across Asia. Those who make it to the
semi-finals will contend with an even tougher judge, AXN viewers at home who
will ultimately decide the winner of “Asia’s Got Talent”.

A grand prize worth USD$100,000 is up for grabs, along with the
opportunity to return and perform at the iconic Marina Bay Sands, Asia’s
leading entertainment destination – where the semi-final shows and finale will
be held.

“Asia’s Got Talent” spans 10 weekly episodes, including five
audition episodes, three semi-finals, a finale episode and aresults gala. In
addition to enjoying the performances, audiences can get to know more about
their favorite acts as “Asia’s Got Talent” tells the life stories behind some
of the most colorful individuals and groups in the competition.

image

“Asia’s Got Talent” is proudly presented by Marina Bay Sands, Big
Cola, Pantene, Caltex, Jetstar and GrabTaxi and brought to you by KFC, Globe
and Cherifer in the Philippines.

AXN is a leader of regionally produced original content in Asia,
with notabe ratings successes including four seasons of the International 
Emmy-nominated “The Amazing Race Asia”; the Asian Television Award-winning
“Cash Cab Asia”; “The Apprentice Asia”; “Cyril: Rio Magic”; “Cyril’s Family
Vacation: Hawaii Edition”; and the Asian Television Award-nominated “Cyril:
Simply Magic”.

“Asia’s Got Talent” airs Thursdays at 8.30pm
(SG, MY, PH, HK) / 7.30pm (JKT, BKK) – First on AXN


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Connect with the judges, hosts, and your
favorite contestants through videos and photos, exclusively on the Asia’s
Got Talent official Facebook page. Catch behind-the-scenes footage of the
auditions only on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/asiasgottalent/

www.AXNAsia.com/AsiasGotTalent

Asia’s Got Talent Philippine Premiere

https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10206427992247514&pnref=story

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Photos by : John Paul Soldevilla

“Asia’s Got Talent” Premiere Tops Philippine Ratings

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Manila, Philippines –AXN’s highly anticipated “Asia’s Got Talent” premiere collectively topped ratings among English Pay TV channels in Southeast Asia.

During the show’s two hour debut on Thursday, March 12 at 8:05pm,AXN delivered more than 10 times the ratings of the next English general entertainment
channel across Singapore, Malaysia and the Philippines[1].

“Asia’s Got Talent” was the
top AXN program year to date in the country. During its telecast, AXN ranked #1
with more than 80 per cent share amongst all English general entertainment
channels, and ranked #2 amongst all Pay TV channels.

image

In Singapore, “Asia’s Got Talent” led the ratings chart in its
timeslot for English Pay TV channels and AXN was also the top English channel
for the night on StarHub.

In Malaysia, “Asia’s Got Talent” was the #1 rated show in its
timeslot across all English channels on Astro. AXN dominated the timeslot with
over 80 per cent share across all English general entertainment channels.

Billed as the biggest talent competition in the world, “Asia’s Got
Talent” features some of the region’s most breathtaking, jaw-dropping and
mind-blowing performing artists competing for the coveted winning title. The
premiere episode was a kaleidoscope of quirky characters and stunning talent,
with many acts winning the hearts of viewers across the region.

Hui Keng Ang, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Sony
Pictures Television Networks, Asia said,“Asia’s Got Talent is off to a
thrilling start on AXN as we bring together millions of viewers to celebrate
the diversity of talent and dreams of contestants from over 15 territories in
Asia. The response to the premiere istruly incredible and after the success of
both The Amazing Race Asia and The Apprentice Asia, AXN continues its mission
to create high quality and engaging content.”

Driven by the strong performance of programs such as “Asia’s Got
Talent”, AXN has maintained its top English general entertainment channel
position in 2015 year-to-date. Collectively across the three Southeast Asian
countries, AXN enjoyed a 30 per cent share amongst 19 English general
entertainment channels during prime time.3

“Asia’s Got Talent” is the
63rd adaptation of the Guinness World Record-breaking hit “Got
Talent” format, which was created by Simon Cowell’s Syco Entertainment and is
co-produced by FremantleMedia. The “Got Talent” format is officially the most
successful reality TV format in history and currently airs in 186 countries.

image

Each act competing in “Asia’s Got Talent” will have to receive at
least three “Yeses” from the esteemed celebrity judging panel comprising 16
time Grammy-winning Canadian musician David Foster, UK pop sensation and former
Spice Girl Melanie C., Indonesian rock icon Anggun, and Taiwanese-American pop
idol and actor Van Ness Wu.

The four judges must select the most dazzling performances from
thousands of hopefuls from 15 territories across Asia. Those who make it to the
semi-finals will contend with an even tougher judge, AXN viewers at home who
will ultimately decide the winner of “Asia’s Got Talent”.

A grand prize worth USD$100,000 is up for grabs, along with the
opportunity to return and perform at the iconic Marina Bay Sands, Asia’s
leading entertainment destination – where the semi-final shows and finale will
be held.

“Asia’s Got Talent” spans 10 weekly episodes, including five
audition episodes, three semi-finals, a finale episode and aresults gala. In
addition to enjoying the performances, audiences can get to know more about
their favorite acts as “Asia’s Got Talent” tells the life stories behind some
of the most colorful individuals and groups in the competition.

image

“Asia’s Got Talent” is proudly presented by Marina Bay Sands, Big
Cola, Pantene, Caltex, Jetstar and GrabTaxi and brought to you by KFC, Globe
and Cherifer in the Philippines.

AXN is a leader of regionally produced original content in Asia,
with notabe ratings successes including four seasons of the International 
Emmy-nominated “The Amazing Race Asia”; the Asian Television Award-winning
“Cash Cab Asia”; “The Apprentice Asia”; “Cyril: Rio Magic”; “Cyril’s Family
Vacation: Hawaii Edition”; and the Asian Television Award-nominated “Cyril:
Simply Magic”.

“Asia’s Got Talent” airs Thursdays at 8.30pm
(SG, MY, PH, HK) / 7.30pm (JKT, BKK) – First on AXN


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Connect with the judges, hosts, and your
favorite contestants through videos and photos, exclusively on the Asia’s
Got Talent official Facebook page. Catch behind-the-scenes footage of the
auditions only on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/asiasgottalent/

www.AXNAsia.com/AsiasGotTalent

Asia’s Got Talent Philippine Premiere

https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10206427992247514&pnref=story

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Photos by : John Paul Soldevilla

“Asia’s Got Talent” Premiere Tops Philippine Ratings was originally published on KrishGeek

“Asia’s Got Talent” Premiere Tops Philippine Ratings was originally published on KrishGeek

AXN Announces “Asia’s Got Talent” Judges:David Foster, Melanie C, Anggun and Van Ness Wu

AXN Announces “Asia’s Got Talent” Judges: David Foster, Melanie C, Anggun and Van Ness Wu

SINGAPORE (13 January 2015) – It’s a YES! Grammy-award winner David Foster, UK pop sensation and former Spice Girl Melanie C, Indonesian rock icon Anggun and Taiwanese-American pop idol Van Ness Wu have been named as the celebrity judging panel for the season premiere of hit talent search show, “Asia’s Got Talent” on AXN.

Billed as the biggest talent competition in the world, “Asia’s Got Talent” will light up screens across Asia in March on AXN and will feature some of the region’s most incredible performing artists as they compete to take home the coveted winning title.

Hui KengAng, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Sony Pictures Television Networks, Asia said, “We have put together a superb panel of judges for ‘Asia’s Got Talent’. This is definitely our most ambitious original series to date and is very much in line with the type of smart, high-quality local programming that audiences have come to expect from AXN.“

Paul O’Hanlon, Managing Director of FremantleMedia Asia said, “We’re proud to say that ‘Asia’s Got Talent’ will be the largest version ever of the Got Talent franchise, and our judges bring a depth and breadth of experience and talent worthy of this show.”

From thousands of applicants, the four judges must select Asia’s most jaw-dropping, mind-blowing, and breathtaking performances.  Those who move on to the semi- finals will face an even more intimidating judge, the AXN audience at home who will ultimately determine who wins the first season of Asia’s Got Talent. Adding to the excitement, the semi-finals and finale will be held at the iconic Marina Bay Sands, Singapore, with the winner awarded a contract to return and perform live at Asia’s leading entertainment destination.

A powerful judging panel:

 Anggun, Rock Icon

Anggun started singing at seven and 12. 1986, her first Indonesian studio album, ‘DuniaAkuPunya’, was released with hit single ‘Mimpi’ recognized as one of the ‘150 Greatest Indonesian Songs of All Time’ by Rolling Stone magazine.

 A series of singles and albums followed to make Anggun the biggest Indonesian rock star of the 90s. Her international breakthrough came in 1997 with ‘Snow on the Sahara’ which was released in 33 countries worldwide, topped music charts in Italy and Indonesia, and made the top 20 in Finland, France, Japan, Spain, and the US. Following that, Anggun released five more studio albums, and released songs that featured in Danish movie “Open Hearts” and the Hollywood box office hit, “Transporter 2”. Anggun is a recipient of the ‘Chevalier des Arts et Lettres’ from the French government. She is also a judge on “X Factor Indonesia” and “Indonesia’s Got Talent” TV series.

David Foster, Music Producer

David Foster discovered and launched some of the greatest music careers including Michael Bublé, Josh Groban and Celine Dion. He has created hit songs and award-winning platinum and gold albums for Earth, Wind & Fire, Natalie Cole, Michael Bolton, Seal, Chaka Khan, Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton, Chicago, Hall & Oates, Brandy, ’N Sync, BozScaggs, and Gloria Estefan; propelled classical singers like Andrea Bocelli and Josh Groban into mainstream popularity; as well as created soundtracks for hit films like “TheBodyguard”, “Urban Cowboy”, and “St. Elmo’s Fire”In 2008 and 2011, David performed and hosted his very own, star-studded “Foster & Friends” concerts in Las Vegas to celebrate the music from his career and toured Asia annually from 2010 – 2012. David has won 16 Grammy Awards from 47 nominations, and is the chairman of Verve Music Group.

 Melanie C., Pop Icon

Melanie was part of the iconic five-member Spice Girls, in which she was nicknamed ‘Sporty Spice’. Following that, as a solo artist, Melanie sold more than 12 million records from six albums that she released. She has the second most No.1 singles in the United Kingdom and is also the only female to top the charts as part of a quintet, a quartet, a duo and solo. Melanie also performed the role of MrsJohnstone in the West End musical “Blood Brothers,” for which she was nominated for ‘Best Actress in a Musical’ at the Laurence Olivier Awards. In 2012, Melanie co-starred in the musical “Jesus Christ Superstar”, and also judged the preceding talent search series “Superstar” to select the lead actor for the said musical.

 Van Ness Wu, Actor/Singer

Van Ness Wu was born in California where he took classes in performing arts, acting and languages in Hollywood before moving to Taiwan at 21 to build his career. His breakthrough came with his lead role in the wildly popular hit idol drama “Meteor Garden” and its sequels. Van Ness and his co-actors of the series formed the pop idol group F4 – now known as JVKV – and released three studio albums.

 Turning his attention to his solo career, Van Ness released his debut solo album in 2002 and followed that with six other solo studio albums up to 2013, as well as singles collaborating with musicians including Kanye West, Beyoncé, Wang Lee Hom, Kangta, and Coco Lee. He also acted in many other TV series including “Autumn Concerto”, “Material Queen” and “Peach Girl”, as well as movies such as “Three Kingdoms: Resurrection of the Dragon” and “Kung Fu Chefs”.

 “Asia’s Got Talent” is the 63rd version of "Got Talent”, which won the Guinness World Records title for being the world’s “Most Successful Reality TV Format” in 2014. The hit format is co-owned by FremantleMedia and Simon Cowell’s Syco Entertainment.

The season premiere of “Asia’s Got Talent” on AXN is proudly presented by Marina Bay Sands, BIG COLA, Pantene, Caltex, Jetstarand Tune Hotels.

Marina Bay Sands is the premier sponsor of “Asia’s Got Talent.” As Asia’s leading entertainment destination and crossroads for global celebrities, Marina Bay Sands provides opportunities for local talent to shine on the world’s stage.

BIG COLA is the exclusive beverage partner of “Asia’s Got Talent”. With BIG COLA, ‘if you can dream it, you can do it’. Contestants and fans across Asia will be encouraged to ‘Think BIG’ and ‘Dream Bigger’ in pursuit of their dreams.

Pantene, the exclusive haircare partner of “Asia’s Got Talent”, makes hair stronger inside and shinier outside to enable contestants to shine and be the world’s number one talent.

Caltex is the exclusive petroleum partner of “Asia’s Got Talent.” Caltex delivers a hassle-free experience to get people back on their journey quickly, so they can have more time and energy to do whatever matters most to them. By being a part of “Asia’s Got Talent,” Caltex wants to celebrate key moments of the contestants’ journey to stardom, providing viewers the opportunity to enjoy the journey with them.

Jetstar is proud to be the official airline of the very first edition of “Asia’s Got Talent.” With more than 600 weekly flights to 22 destinations across 13 countries in Asia Pacific, Jetstar enables talent to fly further, connect with families and fulfil dreams.

 Tune Hotels is an international select-service hotel brand that provides accommodation with high quality essentials in key gateway cities.  Five star beds and power showers help “Asia’s Got Talent” contestants get a good night’s sleep and perform at their best.

 AXN is a leader of regionally produced original content in Asia, with notable ratings successes including four seasons of the international Emmy-nominated “The Amazing Race Asia”; the Asian Television Award-winning “Cash Cab Asia”; “The Apprentice Asia”; “Cyril: Rio Magic”; “Cyril’s Family Vacation: Hawaii Edition”; and the Asian Television Award-nominated “Cyril: Simply Magic.”

www.AXNAsia.com/AsiasGotTalent

AXN Announces “Asia’s Got Talent” Judges:David Foster, Melanie C, Anggun and Van Ness Wu

AXN Announces “Asia’s Got Talent” Judges: David Foster, Melanie C, Anggun and Van Ness Wu

SINGAPORE (13 January 2015) – It’s a YES! Grammy-award winner David Foster, UK pop sensation and former Spice Girl Melanie C, Indonesian rock icon Anggun and Taiwanese-American pop idol Van Ness Wu have been named as the celebrity judging panel for the season premiere of hit talent search show, “Asia’s Got Talent” on AXN.

Billed as the biggest talent competition in the world, “Asia’s Got Talent” will light up screens across Asia in March on AXN and will feature some of the region’s most incredible performing artists as they compete to take home the coveted winning title.

Hui KengAng, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Sony Pictures Television Networks, Asia said, “We have put together a superb panel of judges for ‘Asia’s Got Talent’. This is definitely our most ambitious original series to date and is very much in line with the type of smart, high-quality local programming that audiences have come to expect from AXN.“

Paul O’Hanlon, Managing Director of FremantleMedia Asia said, “We’re proud to say that ‘Asia’s Got Talent’ will be the largest version ever of the Got Talent franchise, and our judges bring a depth and breadth of experience and talent worthy of this show.”

From thousands of applicants, the four judges must select Asia’s most jaw-dropping, mind-blowing, and breathtaking performances.  Those who move on to the semi- finals will face an even more intimidating judge, the AXN audience at home who will ultimately determine who wins the first season of Asia’s Got Talent. Adding to the excitement, the semi-finals and finale will be held at the iconic Marina Bay Sands, Singapore, with the winner awarded a contract to return and perform live at Asia’s leading entertainment destination.

A powerful judging panel:

 Anggun, Rock Icon

Anggun started singing at seven and 12. 1986, her first Indonesian studio album, ‘DuniaAkuPunya’, was released with hit single ‘Mimpi’ recognized as one of the ‘150 Greatest Indonesian Songs of All Time’ by Rolling Stone magazine.

 A series of singles and albums followed to make Anggun the biggest Indonesian rock star of the 90s. Her international breakthrough came in 1997 with ‘Snow on the Sahara’ which was released in 33 countries worldwide, topped music charts in Italy and Indonesia, and made the top 20 in Finland, France, Japan, Spain, and the US. Following that, Anggun released five more studio albums, and released songs that featured in Danish movie “Open Hearts” and the Hollywood box office hit, “Transporter 2”. Anggun is a recipient of the ‘Chevalier des Arts et Lettres’ from the French government. She is also a judge on “X Factor Indonesia” and “Indonesia’s Got Talent” TV series.

David Foster, Music Producer

David Foster discovered and launched some of the greatest music careers including Michael Bublé, Josh Groban and Celine Dion. He has created hit songs and award-winning platinum and gold albums for Earth, Wind & Fire, Natalie Cole, Michael Bolton, Seal, Chaka Khan, Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton, Chicago, Hall & Oates, Brandy, ’N Sync, BozScaggs, and Gloria Estefan; propelled classical singers like Andrea Bocelli and Josh Groban into mainstream popularity; as well as created soundtracks for hit films like “TheBodyguard”, “Urban Cowboy”, and “St. Elmo’s Fire”In 2008 and 2011, David performed and hosted his very own, star-studded “Foster & Friends” concerts in Las Vegas to celebrate the music from his career and toured Asia annually from 2010 – 2012. David has won 16 Grammy Awards from 47 nominations, and is the chairman of Verve Music Group.

 Melanie C., Pop Icon

Melanie was part of the iconic five-member Spice Girls, in which she was nicknamed ‘Sporty Spice’. Following that, as a solo artist, Melanie sold more than 12 million records from six albums that she released. She has the second most No.1 singles in the United Kingdom and is also the only female to top the charts as part of a quintet, a quartet, a duo and solo. Melanie also performed the role of MrsJohnstone in the West End musical “Blood Brothers,” for which she was nominated for ‘Best Actress in a Musical’ at the Laurence Olivier Awards. In 2012, Melanie co-starred in the musical “Jesus Christ Superstar”, and also judged the preceding talent search series “Superstar” to select the lead actor for the said musical.

 Van Ness Wu, Actor/Singer

Van Ness Wu was born in California where he took classes in performing arts, acting and languages in Hollywood before moving to Taiwan at 21 to build his career. His breakthrough came with his lead role in the wildly popular hit idol drama “Meteor Garden” and its sequels. Van Ness and his co-actors of the series formed the pop idol group F4 – now known as JVKV – and released three studio albums.

 Turning his attention to his solo career, Van Ness released his debut solo album in 2002 and followed that with six other solo studio albums up to 2013, as well as singles collaborating with musicians including Kanye West, Beyoncé, Wang Lee Hom, Kangta, and Coco Lee. He also acted in many other TV series including “Autumn Concerto”, “Material Queen” and “Peach Girl”, as well as movies such as “Three Kingdoms: Resurrection of the Dragon” and “Kung Fu Chefs”.

 “Asia’s Got Talent” is the 63rd version of “Got Talent”, which won the Guinness World Records title for being the world’s “Most Successful Reality TV Format” in 2014. The hit format is co-owned by FremantleMedia and Simon Cowell’s Syco Entertainment.

The season premiere of “Asia’s Got Talent” on AXN is proudly presented by Marina Bay Sands, BIG COLA, Pantene, Caltex, Jetstarand Tune Hotels.

Marina Bay Sands is the premier sponsor of “Asia’s Got Talent.” As Asia’s leading entertainment destination and crossroads for global celebrities, Marina Bay Sands provides opportunities for local talent to shine on the world’s stage.

BIG COLA is the exclusive beverage partner of “Asia’s Got Talent”. With BIG COLA, ‘if you can dream it, you can do it’. Contestants and fans across Asia will be encouraged to ‘Think BIG’ and ‘Dream Bigger’ in pursuit of their dreams.

Pantene, the exclusive haircare partner of “Asia’s Got Talent”, makes hair stronger inside and shinier outside to enable contestants to shine and be the world’s number one talent.

Caltex is the exclusive petroleum partner of “Asia’s Got Talent.” Caltex delivers a hassle-free experience to get people back on their journey quickly, so they can have more time and energy to do whatever matters most to them. By being a part of “Asia’s Got Talent,” Caltex wants to celebrate key moments of the contestants’ journey to stardom, providing viewers the opportunity to enjoy the journey with them.

Jetstar is proud to be the official airline of the very first edition of “Asia’s Got Talent.” With more than 600 weekly flights to 22 destinations across 13 countries in Asia Pacific, Jetstar enables talent to fly further, connect with families and fulfil dreams.

 Tune Hotels is an international select-service hotel brand that provides accommodation with high quality essentials in key gateway cities.  Five star beds and power showers help “Asia’s Got Talent” contestants get a good night’s sleep and perform at their best.

 AXN is a leader of regionally produced original content in Asia, with notable ratings successes including four seasons of the international Emmy-nominated “The Amazing Race Asia”; the Asian Television Award-winning “Cash Cab Asia”; “The Apprentice Asia”; “Cyril: Rio Magic”; “Cyril’s Family Vacation: Hawaii Edition”; and the Asian Television Award-nominated “Cyril: Simply Magic.”

www.AXNAsia.com/AsiasGotTalent

AXN Announces “Asia’s Got Talent” Judges:David Foster, Melanie C, Anggun and Van Ness Wu was originally published on KrishGeek

AXN Announces “Asia’s Got Talent” Judges:David Foster, Melanie C, Anggun and Van Ness Wu was originally published on KrishGeek

AXN Announces “Asia’s Got Talent” Judges:David Foster, Melanie C, Anggun and Van Ness Wu

AXN Announces “Asia’s Got Talent” Judges: David Foster, Melanie C, Anggun and Van Ness Wu

SINGAPORE (13 January 2015) – It’s a YES! Grammy-award winner David Foster, UK pop sensation and former Spice Girl Melanie C, Indonesian rock icon Anggun and Taiwanese-American pop idol Van Ness Wu have been named as the celebrity judging panel for the season premiere of hit talent search show, “Asia’s Got Talent” on AXN.

Billed as the biggest talent competition in the world, “Asia’s Got Talent” will light up screens across Asia in March on AXN and will feature some of the region’s most incredible performing artists as they compete to take home the coveted winning title.

Hui KengAng, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Sony Pictures Television Networks, Asia said, “We have put together a superb panel of judges for ‘Asia’s Got Talent’. This is definitely our most ambitious original series to date and is very much in line with the type of smart, high-quality local programming that audiences have come to expect from AXN.“

Paul O’Hanlon, Managing Director of FremantleMedia Asia said, “We’re proud to say that ‘Asia’s Got Talent’ will be the largest version ever of the Got Talent franchise, and our judges bring a depth and breadth of experience and talent worthy of this show.”

From thousands of applicants, the four judges must select Asia’s most jaw-dropping, mind-blowing, and breathtaking performances.  Those who move on to the semi- finals will face an even more intimidating judge, the AXN audience at home who will ultimately determine who wins the first season of Asia’s Got Talent. Adding to the excitement, the semi-finals and finale will be held at the iconic Marina Bay Sands, Singapore, with the winner awarded a contract to return and perform live at Asia’s leading entertainment destination.

A powerful judging panel:

 Anggun, Rock Icon

Anggun started singing at seven and 12. 1986, her first Indonesian studio album, ‘DuniaAkuPunya’, was released with hit single ‘Mimpi’ recognized as one of the ‘150 Greatest Indonesian Songs of All Time’ by Rolling Stone magazine.

 A series of singles and albums followed to make Anggun the biggest Indonesian rock star of the 90s. Her international breakthrough came in 1997 with ‘Snow on the Sahara’ which was released in 33 countries worldwide, topped music charts in Italy and Indonesia, and made the top 20 in Finland, France, Japan, Spain, and the US. Following that, Anggun released five more studio albums, and released songs that featured in Danish movie “Open Hearts” and the Hollywood box office hit, “Transporter 2”. Anggun is a recipient of the ‘Chevalier des Arts et Lettres’ from the French government. She is also a judge on “X Factor Indonesia” and “Indonesia’s Got Talent” TV series.

David Foster, Music Producer

David Foster discovered and launched some of the greatest music careers including Michael Bublé, Josh Groban and Celine Dion. He has created hit songs and award-winning platinum and gold albums for Earth, Wind & Fire, Natalie Cole, Michael Bolton, Seal, Chaka Khan, Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton, Chicago, Hall & Oates, Brandy, ’N Sync, BozScaggs, and Gloria Estefan; propelled classical singers like Andrea Bocelli and Josh Groban into mainstream popularity; as well as created soundtracks for hit films like “TheBodyguard”, “Urban Cowboy”, and “St. Elmo’s Fire”In 2008 and 2011, David performed and hosted his very own, star-studded “Foster & Friends” concerts in Las Vegas to celebrate the music from his career and toured Asia annually from 2010 – 2012. David has won 16 Grammy Awards from 47 nominations, and is the chairman of Verve Music Group.

 Melanie C., Pop Icon

Melanie was part of the iconic five-member Spice Girls, in which she was nicknamed ‘Sporty Spice’. Following that, as a solo artist, Melanie sold more than 12 million records from six albums that she released. She has the second most No.1 singles in the United Kingdom and is also the only female to top the charts as part of a quintet, a quartet, a duo and solo. Melanie also performed the role of MrsJohnstone in the West End musical “Blood Brothers,” for which she was nominated for ‘Best Actress in a Musical’ at the Laurence Olivier Awards. In 2012, Melanie co-starred in the musical “Jesus Christ Superstar”, and also judged the preceding talent search series “Superstar” to select the lead actor for the said musical.

 Van Ness Wu, Actor/Singer

Van Ness Wu was born in California where he took classes in performing arts, acting and languages in Hollywood before moving to Taiwan at 21 to build his career. His breakthrough came with his lead role in the wildly popular hit idol drama “Meteor Garden” and its sequels. Van Ness and his co-actors of the series formed the pop idol group F4 – now known as JVKV – and released three studio albums.

 Turning his attention to his solo career, Van Ness released his debut solo album in 2002 and followed that with six other solo studio albums up to 2013, as well as singles collaborating with musicians including Kanye West, Beyoncé, Wang Lee Hom, Kangta, and Coco Lee. He also acted in many other TV series including “Autumn Concerto”, “Material Queen” and “Peach Girl”, as well as movies such as “Three Kingdoms: Resurrection of the Dragon” and “Kung Fu Chefs”.

 “Asia’s Got Talent” is the 63rd version of “Got Talent”, which won the Guinness World Records title for being the world’s “Most Successful Reality TV Format” in 2014. The hit format is co-owned by FremantleMedia and Simon Cowell’s Syco Entertainment.

The season premiere of “Asia’s Got Talent” on AXN is proudly presented by Marina Bay Sands, BIG COLA, Pantene, Caltex, Jetstarand Tune Hotels.

Marina Bay Sands is the premier sponsor of “Asia’s Got Talent.” As Asia’s leading entertainment destination and crossroads for global celebrities, Marina Bay Sands provides opportunities for local talent to shine on the world’s stage.

BIG COLA is the exclusive beverage partner of “Asia’s Got Talent”. With BIG COLA, ‘if you can dream it, you can do it’. Contestants and fans across Asia will be encouraged to ‘Think BIG’ and ‘Dream Bigger’ in pursuit of their dreams.

Pantene, the exclusive haircare partner of “Asia’s Got Talent”, makes hair stronger inside and shinier outside to enable contestants to shine and be the world’s number one talent.

Caltex is the exclusive petroleum partner of “Asia’s Got Talent.” Caltex delivers a hassle-free experience to get people back on their journey quickly, so they can have more time and energy to do whatever matters most to them. By being a part of “Asia’s Got Talent,” Caltex wants to celebrate key moments of the contestants’ journey to stardom, providing viewers the opportunity to enjoy the journey with them.

Jetstar is proud to be the official airline of the very first edition of “Asia’s Got Talent.” With more than 600 weekly flights to 22 destinations across 13 countries in Asia Pacific, Jetstar enables talent to fly further, connect with families and fulfil dreams.

 Tune Hotels is an international select-service hotel brand that provides accommodation with high quality essentials in key gateway cities.  Five star beds and power showers help “Asia’s Got Talent” contestants get a good night’s sleep and perform at their best.

 AXN is a leader of regionally produced original content in Asia, with notable ratings successes including four seasons of the international Emmy-nominated “The Amazing Race Asia”; the Asian Television Award-winning “Cash Cab Asia”; “The Apprentice Asia”; “Cyril: Rio Magic”; “Cyril’s Family Vacation: Hawaii Edition”; and the Asian Television Award-nominated “Cyril: Simply Magic.”

www.AXNAsia.com/AsiasGotTalent

AXN Announces “Asia’s Got Talent” Judges:David Foster, Melanie C, Anggun and Van Ness Wu was originally published on KrishGeek