Banijay’s global cookery format MasterChef has now reached 70 international adaptations, with two new versions set for Serbia and Malta.

Now commissioned across 70 markets, the show has broadcast more than 10,000 episodes to-date and in 2021 aired its milestone 500th season globally since its reboot in 2005. The show was created by Franc Roddam and first launched in 1990.

Serbian broadcaster TV Prva will produce a first season of the factual entertainment format to air this month. Meanwhile, PBS-owned TVM in Malta will launch a new adaptation of the format in February 2024, with Greatt on board as local producer. Both agreements were brokered by Banijay’s global distribution arm, Banijay Rights.

Claire Jago, EVP Sales and Acquisitions – EMEA, Banijay Rights, said: “To reach 70 territory commissions is a significant milestone for us at Banijay and we’re incredibly proud this world-beating format continues to grow its influence worldwide. We can’t wait for our Serbian and Maltese production partners to deliver tantalising new versions of this global family favourite.”

The MasterChef format and finished programmes are represented internationally by Banijay.

Jon Creamer

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