EXCLUSIVE: Gentlemen, start your engines and may the best woman win for Drag Race Australia….
TV Tonight can reveal ITV Studios Australia has landed the local format rights to the hit reality contest, made famous by RuPaul’s Drag Race, from Passion Distribution and World Of Wonder.
Producers are about to begin discussions with Australian broadcasters, with a view to a 2020 contest.
The hunt for the best drag queen is now in is 11th season in the US, where it has won 9 Emmys, and spawned RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars and RuPaul’s Drag Race UK -all 3 editions screen in Australia on Stan.
Former Australian Idol artisté, Courtney Act (aka Shane Jenek, pictured) was also runner-up in the 2014 US series.
When approached for comment by TV Tonight, CEO David Mott confirmed, “Yes ITV Studios Australia have secured the rights to arguably one of the biggest formats globally at the moment.
“With Drag Race UK about to launch and already a major hit in the US and other territories we are set to shantay onto Australian screens in 2020.
“Drag Race has moved on to being a show that captures the imagination of everyone ,no matter their age or gender and we will commence discussing with potential broadcast and streaming partners shortly. It will be one of the most talked about and noisy formats next year.”
In addition to network, a host is yet to be confirmed.