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Banijay’s MasterChef returns to Singapore, Produced by Beach House Pictures

Production begins on series two of global culinary hit

Beach House Pictures, a Blue Ant Studios company, starts production on Season 2 of hit format series, MasterChef Singapore, pictured above.

(Singapore – October 22 2020) – Beach House Pictures, a Blue Ant Studios company, and Motion Content Group, have begun production on series two of Banijay Rights’ hit culinary competition format, MasterChef Singapore. The second installment, which is set to air on Singapore’s Mediacorp Channel 5, meWATCH and YouTube in February 2021, will see the return of the world’s greatest cooking competition that showcases Singapore’s unique and outstanding food and the talents of its best amateur cooks. 

“Season two includes even tougher challenges, while continuing to draw on the great cultural diversity of Singapore’s cuisines and trends from around the world,” says Jocelyn Little, Managing Director, Beach House Pictures. “Winning the title of MasterChef Singapore is the chance of a lifetime that can ignite a culinary career. We can’t wait to see who makes the Top 12.”

Steven Murphy, APAC Managing Director, Motion Content Group added, “It’s really great to have MasterChef returning to our screens in Singapore and to be partnering with Banijay Rights, Beach House Pictures and MediaCorp to bring back the action. Seeing the success of the first season, we have no doubt that this too, will be a resounding success.” 

Rashmi Bajpai, EVP Sales – Asia, Banijay Rights commented, The MasterChef franchise continues to go from strength to strength around the world and we are so looking forward to seeing another successful season in Singapore and working with the production teams.”

In season two, the top 24 home cooks in Singapore, chosen from hundreds of applicants with a passion for food, are selected to fight it out in a series of high-pressure cooking auditions. The Top 12 are then rewarded with the opportunity to compete in the MasterChef kitchen to become the next Singapore MasterChef. Guided by an esteemed panel of judges, along with a pantheon of Singapore’s culinary world, the contestants face off in a series of ever more challenging tests. MasterChef classics like the Mystery Box and Pressure Test stretch the limits of the contestants’ cooking skills, while some never-before-seen challenges will take their breath away. The intense pressure cooker atmosphere is sure to accelerate the development of the contestants’ skills to produce mind-blowing dishes week after week.

Created by Franc Roddam, MasterChef is produced and distributed by Banijay Rights. MasterChef is the most successful cookery television format in the world having been adapted locally in over 60 countries, it is seen in over 200 territories and watched globally by over 300 million viewers. The MasterChef brand extends into a huge range of successful commercial activities across multiple platforms including extensive publishing, consumer products, live events, travel, digital and B2B activities.

MasterChef Singapore Season 2 brings a uniquely Asian flavour to the original factual-entertainment format and is executive produced by Beach House Pictures’ Jocelyn Little, Andrew James Holland, Geraldine Orrock and Fera Rosihan and Steven Murphy from Motion Content Group, it is directed by Kenny Png

Beach House Pictures, a Blue Ant Studios company, is one of Asia’s largest indies. Headquartered in Singapore and operating in the US and China, Beach House Pictures specializes in factual and unscripted programming for international streamers and cable networks, creating high-profile series such as Ed Stafford: First Man OutWild City, Masterchef Singapore, Raffles: Remaking an Icon and China From Above. Other divisions include: Beach House Kids which is behind scripted series My Buddy Bonemasher and the live action puppetry show Teddies; Beach House Entertainment which produces formats and general entertainment programs like Record Rides and Cesar’s Recruit; Beach House Labs, experts in digital and branded content and; Beach House Academy, which offers outreach programs and skills training to established and aspiring producers throughout Asia. Beach House Pictures launched its foray into scripted production in 2019, acquiring the rights to iconic Asian properties such as the 1970s action heroine Cleopatra Wong and Mr. Midnight, a best-selling kids horror fiction book series. 

Blue Ant Studios is a leading international studio and production business, based in Los Angeles with offices in New York. Blue Ant Studios includes production companies in the US, Canada, New Zealand and Singapore, which produce content in multiple genres including Scripted, Documentary, Kids, Adult Animation, Factual Entertainment and Natural History. Current series and documentaries include Canada’s Drag Race (Crave for Bell Media), The Healing Powers of Dude (Netflix), Doomlands (Quibi), Neopets, produced in partnership with JumpStart Games Inc. and Hotel Paranormal (Travel Channel and T+E).  Blue Ant Studios works with all major international streaming, cable and broadcasting companies as well as regional players in the markets it operates in. Blue Ant Studios is a subsidiary of Blue Ant Media.

Motion Content Group funds, produces, and distributes premium content to create value and opportunities for its partners and advertisers.  Working with the world’s leading talent, producers and distributors Motion aims to support the editorial, creative and commercial requirements of over 200 networks and platforms globally.  Headquartered in London and Los Angeles, Motion currently operates in over 30 countries worldwide and has a broad range of award-winning programming distributed globally.  Motion’s slate includes global hit reality format LOVE ISLAND co-owned with ITV Studios and produced in 16 countries including for CBS in the US. It also funds, co-owns and co-produces Channel 4’s ground-breaking social media reality series THE CIRCLE (Studio Lambert/Motion) in the UK with international versions produced for Netflix in Brazil, France and the US; family game show WILD THINGS (MadMonk/IWC/Motion), with local productions including Russia, China and Argentina, and Germany; and Indian talk show No.1 YAARI (Motion), now produced in five languages.  Motion Content Group is part of GroupM, the world’s leading full-service media investment management operation, a WPP company. 

About Banijay Rights Leading independent global distributor, Banijay Rights, represents a world-class, multi-genre portfolio of over 88,000 hours of standout programming. Leading distribution for the largest international creator and producer, Banijay, the division handles the exploitation of some of the planet’s best scripted and non-scripted brands. Representing quality, excellence and experience in the business of linear and non-linear television and ancillary activity across all platforms, Banijay Rights’ catalogue encompasses a host of top titles from Banijay’s 120+ in-house labels, and a number of third-party producers, spanning drama, comedy, entertainment, factual, reality, family, formats and theatrical. Delivering high-quality IP, which was born locally and travels globally, the distributor offers the best stories told the best way. Its landmark brands include Survivor, Big Brother, MasterChef, Temptation Island, Grantchester, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Deal or No Deal, Versailles, Biggest Loser, Home and Away, Money Drop, Mr Bean and Black Mirror.

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