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China’s Hunan TV and Israel’s Armoza Formats Partner on ‘Dance Smash’

ITV StudiosArmoza Formats has inked a co-development deal with major Chinese broadcaster Hunan TV. The first show to come out of the partnership is dance competition “Dance Smash,” which began airing in China this month.

The show is based on Quebecor Content and Fair-Play’s format “Dance Revolution,” which originally aired on Canada’s Tva. It places performers in the middle of a circle of cameras that provide a real-time 360-degree view of their moves, allowing judges to analyze and critique their performance from all angles as they compete for a cash prize.

The new China program recently debuted to a 5.2% share, including a 7.8% share with viewers under 23, making it the best debut for a broadcast TV dance competition show in the past two years. A Russian adaptation of the same format was recently commissioned by the country’s Channel One.

Lester Hu, Hunan TV’s head of formats and international business,

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