Saudi TV licences first international format

Dragon's Den show set to begin production in Jeddah this month.
Future TV's Dragon's Den: Al Aareen will soon be joined by Saudi TV's version of the show.
Future TV's Dragon's Den: Al Aareen will soon be joined by Saudi TV's version of the show.

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Saudi TV has purchased the rights to develop a local version of the Dragon’s Den show, the first time the state broadcaster has purchased the rights to an international format.

The show has been licensed by Sony Pictures Television via Saudi TV’s partner, Creative Edge International, with production scheduled to begin this month. The series will be on-air in February with a 26-episode run.

The programme sees five business leaders – the dragons – grill contestant’s over their frequently unconventional money-making schemes, opting to invest in the ideas that they feel could be successful, and slating those that are less so.

Creative Edge has revealed that all five of the local version’s dragons have been selected from within Saudi Arabia and include one female representative.

A number of broadcaster’s in other parts of the region have previously signed format deals with Endemol licensing a number of shows to broadcasters in the UAE and Lebanon including Wipeout and Fear Factor. A Lebanese version of Dragon's Den is broadcast on Future TV.

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