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Contender format sold to Thailand as kickboxing competition; other countries to come

Mark Burnett has sold The Contender‘s format to Thailand, where it will air not as a boxing competition, but as a kickboxing competition. The spin-off will be called The Contender Muay Thai, and “will begin production later this year,” Variety reports. “The series will air on Channel 5 in Thailand; discussions also are ongoing with …

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Contender producer says “NBC fucked up” and Jeff Zucker “is an idiot”

Jeff Wald, an executive producer of The Contender, and the man who came up with the initial concept, tells FightNightNews that “NBC fucked up” the show last season. Specifically, he says, the network aired the show against “some incredibly strong competition,” and “put it on three different days in three different time slots the first …

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Contender 2 moves to July; Manfredo felt “ripped off” but will fight again Sunday

ESPN has bumped The Contender 2‘s debut to July from April, when it was originally scheduled to debut. This Sunday, however, the network will present a special event entitled “East Coast Pride,” a fight between Peter Manfredo, Jr., and Scott Pemberton. The fight will air live from Providence, Manfredo’s home base, at 9:30 p.m. ET. …

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Product placement increased by 30 percent last year; Contender had 7,514 product appearances; Idol 3,497; EMHE 3,318

Back when we were young and innocent, Jeff Probst would hold up a bag of Doritos and offer them as a reward, and we’d laugh and think to ourselves, “Silly Jeff, you’re whoring Doritos.” That was then. Last year, there was a 30 percent increase in product placement and appearances on network prime-time TV, to …

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Contender rematch ratings score for ESPN; Peter told Sergio, “fuck you, you didn’t win that fight”

Right about now, ESPN is glad it purchased The Contender 2. The rematch between season one’s finalists was “the highest-rated boxing match on ESPN since 1998, and the most viewed telecast on either ESPN or ESPN2 since 1997,” Mediaweek reports. About 1.2 million households tuned in, and the show had “a 2.2 rating among men …

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