It was only a matter of time before CBS got into the talent competition business. And it’s a new show that brings together The Voice producer Mark Burnett and Mike Darnell, the executive responsible for American Idol at FOX.
The World’s Best sounds like a variation of the Got Talent franchise, but with a global twist. Talent from around the world will compete in front of a trio of American judges while “experts” from around the world also weigh in.
Check out the official release from CBS:
CBS has ordered a new global competition series, The World’s Best, from two of the most prolific unscripted executive producers in television, Mark Burnett (Survivor, The Voice), and Mike Darnell (American Idol, Little Big Shots, Ellen’s Game of Games), it was announced today by Sharon Vuong, Senior Vice President, Alternative Programming for the Network.
The World’s Best is 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.
“This is a unique, original format with global scale led by two of the most accomplished producers on television,” said Vuong. “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.”
“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,” said Darnell, who is also president of Unscripted and Alternative Television for Warner Bros. “It’s exhilarating to embark on this game-changing event with CBS, Mark Burnett and our terrific team here at Warner Horizon.”
“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,” said Burnett, who also serves as president of MGM Television and Digital Group. “It’s like the Olympics for entertainment, but you don’t have to wait every two years.”
The World’s Best is produced by MGM Television and Warner Horizon Unscripted & Alternative Television. Mark Burnett, Mike Darnell, Alison Holloway, Brooke Karzen, Barry Poznick and Dan Sacks are executive producers.