Reality Show Kingpins Mark Burnett and Mike Darnell Team to Bring New Series to Broadcast Network

Feb 8, 2018  •  Post A Comment

A new series from Mark Burnett and Mike Darnell, who have been behind a string of successful reality shows including “Survivor,” “The Voice” and “American Idol,” is in the works at CBS.

Sharon Vuong, senior VP of Alternative Programming for CBS, announced plans for the new global talent competition, “The World’s Best.”

The announcement describes the show as “a first-of-its-kind global talent competition that features acts from every genre imaginable, from every corner of the planet. They not only have to impress American judges, but will also need to break through the ‘wall of the world,’ featuring 50 of the world’s most accomplished experts from every field of entertainment. Only one act will ultimately be crowned the World’s Best.”

Said Vuong: “This is a unique, original format with global scale led by two of the most accomplished producers on television. Mike and Mark are not only the very top producers in the genre, but they also understand how to create compelling competition and build enduring franchises.”

Darnell, who is also president of Unscripted and Alternative Television for Warner Bros., added: “‘The World’s Best’ is a new talent competition captured on a scale rarely seen on television. This will be the first and only series where talent from all over the globe takes the stage in front of three American judges and 50 world experts. It’s exhilarating to embark on this game-changing event with CBS, Mark Burnett and our terrific team here at Warner Horizon.”

Burnett noted in the announcement: “The time has come to take talent competition shows to the next level and bring in judges from around the world to decide on the ultimate winner. It’s like the Olympics for entertainment, but you don’t have to wait every two years.”

Burnett is also president of MGM Television and Digital Group.

“The World’s Best” is produced by MGM Television and Warner Horizon Unscripted & Alternative Television. Burnett, Darnell, Alison Holloway, Brooke Karzen, Barry Poznick and Dan Sacks are executive producers.

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