Top Model sold to 40 countries; Russia’s version watched by 13 percent of viewers.

Top Model sold to 40 countries; Russia’s version watched by 13 percent of viewers.
The format of Tyra Banks’ and UPN’s Next Top Model “has been sold to more than 40 territories worldwide in its original U.S. version and also has been licensed as a format for local production in numerous other territories,” according to The Hollywood Reporter. The first country to air its own version of the series is Russia. CTC began airing the series on Saturday and Sundays last month, “where it captured more than a 13 share of national audience at peak viewing last week.” The paper says that other countries airing “the U.S. version include Globosat in Brazil, Visat in Mexico, TVB in Hong Kong, TV7 in Indonesia and Cineplex in Thailand.”

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.