TEN is determined to keep MasterChef Australia after 2011, when the shows rights revert from FremantleMedia Australia to Shine Australia.
FremantleMedia licensed the Aussie rights from Elisabeth Murdoch’s Shine (UK) for 3 years. But Shine Australia has been operating since the start of the year, producing its own titles including The Biggest Loser, Junior MasterChef, Minute to Win it, Letters and Numbers and The Boss is Coming to Dinner.
When Shine takes back the premium MasterChef brand, other networks could make a bid for it.
TEN CEO Grant Blackley told The Australian, “We are confident that . . . we will come up with an arrangement on MasterChef.
“I think we have to be careful not to concentrate on price too much. At the end of the day we have an excellent relationship with Shine. We do a lot of business with Shine. We’ve developed a relationship with Shine that is based around mutual respect and mutual success.”
TEN just knocked back another Shine project that was in pre-production, Don’t Stop Believing.
Shine Australia bosses Mark and Carl Fennessy were previously joint CEOs of FremantleMedia Australia, which has a long history of productions with TEN including Australian Idol, Neighbours, So You Think You Can Dance Australia and The Biggest Loser.
If TEN did end up losing MasterChef it wouldn’t be a first.
In 2009 Working Dog’s Thank God You’re Here switched to the Seven Network. A year ago Nine also swooped on SBS hit Top Gear, whilst Seven signed ABC’s Kath & Kim.
Source: The Australian