FremantleMedia Australia is to produce an Australian version of The Apprentice led by former Wizard Home Loans creator Mark Bouris.
The ten part series is due to screen on Nine later this year, with a call for contestants expected this week.
Bouris said the local format would be less ostentatious than either of the previous Mark Burnett formats and maintain a ‘quintessential Australian feel.’
“Trump’s pretty fast … he’s not my go,” Bouris told the Sunday Telegraph.
“I’m not one of those boys who like to show off their toys and I don’t think it’s the right time to be doing that. I think it’s a bit insensitive.”
The winner of an Aussie series will secure a “senior position” at Bouris’s financial-services firm, Yellow Brick Road, and will be paid a handsome “six-figure salary.”
Nine CEO added, “We’ll be giving a group of aspiring professionals the chance to be exposed to one of the country’s best businessmen.
“Mark’s tough and aggressive, with mountains of integrity.”
But not all reality adaptations fare so well in Australia, and The UK Apprentice starring Sir Alan Sugar didn’t fire on the Seven Network, despite having a charismatic frontman.
Both of Burnett’s Survivor adaptations in Oz sank as well: Australian Survivor and Celebrity Survivor. Are You Smarter than a Fifth Grader? is proceeding to its third local series.
Source: Sunday Telegraph