Fox Network Group Asia Announces Latest Commission With Michael Bolton

‘Bolt of Talent’ follows the legendary Michael Bolton on his search for Asia’s top musical talent – exclusively for Star World


April 20, 2017 – Hong Kong – FOX Networks Group (FNG) Asia announces the opening season of Bolt of Talent – an original series that documents the search for undiscovered gifted singers across Asia. Under the guidance of American singer-songwriter and pop culture icon Michael Bolton, worthy contestants will battle it out for the ultimate life-changing Grand Prize: a dream record deal and World Tour with the legendary man himself.


The seven-part series takes the talent contest to four major cities: Kuala Lumpur, Taipei, Manila and Bangkok, in an original production to air exclusively on Star World.

After finding inspiration on a recent sold-out tour of Asia, international music legend Michael Bolton is on a quest to discover the most deserving of raw Asian talent. A relentless seven-week journey across Asia will culminate in four musically gifted finalists being hand-picked by Michael.  Contestants will be asked to reinvent, rearrange and recreate a range of Bolton’s greatest hits in hopes of striking a chord with not only the audience, but most importantly, the man behind the music. To determine a winner, their performances and skills will be dissected with the help of a local superstar from each of the four cities, who will join Michael in the decision making.

With this once in a lifetime opportunity, the four aspiring performers must impress judges and prove that they possess the Bolt of Talent.

Dean Dezius, Vice President of Entertainment Channels, said, “We are incredibly excited to announce the launch of a brand new original series on Star World: Bolt of Talent. FNG is very much looking forward to working in partnership with Subaru to bring Michael Bolton and local industry leaders together, uncovering and harnessing Asia’s raw musical talent. This promises to be a memorable production that we hope will inspire budding singer songwriters across the region to share their compelling stories and journeys to the top.”

“Subaru has always been a huge supporter of nurturing aspiring talents in Southeast Asia and we’re excited to be able to work with Michael Bolton to present Bolt of Talent”, said Mr Glenn Tan, Executive Director of Tan Chong International Ltd. “With his diverse, prolific singing and songwriting experience, he continues to be an inspiration to many individuals who will now have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn from the internationally-renowned music legend himself.”

Creation of the newly commissioned entertainment reality series will fall in to the capable hands of IFA Media, one of Asia’s leading factual and drama producers. The multi-award-winning outfit boasts a number of Asia’s highest rated prime-time TV series across several genres.

Marc Heal, Sales Director at IFA Media commented, “IFA has worked closely with FNG for many years and we are now delighted to be partnering with Star World and Subaru on this exciting new show. It’s thrilling to bring an international star such as Michael Bolton to Asia and we are looking forward to discovering some major musical talent.”


About FOX Networks Group

FOX Networks Group (FNG) is 21st Century FOX’s international multi-media business. We develop, produce and distribute 300+ wholly- and majority-owned entertainment, sports, factual and movie channels in 45 languages across Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa. FNG’s core channel brands include FOX, FOX Sports, FOX Life, FOX+ and National Geographic Channel. FNG’s movie channels include FOX Movies, FOX Movies Premium and SCM (formerly Star Chinese Movies). Our non-linear brands include FOX Play, FOX Play+ and Nat Geo Play. These networks and their related mobile, non-linear and high- definition extensions, reach over 1.825 billion cumulative households worldwide. In addition, FNG owns and operates two production studios and produces thousands of local programming hours for its wholly owned channels and third parties.

About StarWorld

StarWorld is FOX Networks Group’s most established western GE channel focused on delivering the best entertainment content with programming that appeals to a broad cross section of female and companion viewing audiences of Asia. The channel offers exclusive access to premium dramas, comedies, reality shows, special live events, leading global award shows and features exclusive original productions created with Asian audiences in mind.

StarWorld is available in 11 million homes, reaching 17 countries and territories across Asia and the Middle East.

About IFA Media

IFA Media is one of Asia’s premier factual and drama TV producers, creating award-winning content that rates across the world. From multi-series ratings-winner Monster Fish for NG Wild USA, to the chilling I Wouldn’t Go In There for Nat Geo, IFA Media has been the recipient of over 40 nominations and awards from global industry bodies, including Peabody, Cine Golden Eagle, BAFTA, Royal Television Society, Amnesty, New York TV and the Asian TV Awards. IFA has offices in Singapore, Bangkok and Taipei plus a partner company IFA China, based in Beijing.


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