ABC ordered 10 episodes of the highly sought-after Israeli format “Rising Star” from Keshet DCP, the joint venture between Keshet International (KI), the global distribution and production arm of Keshet Media Group, and DC Media, the parent company of dick clark productions (dcp). Keshet DCP was formed to leverage Keshet’s globally successful unscripted business with DC Media’s expansive U.S. infrastructure and production expertise.
The singing competition for ABC marked the company’s first foray into the market since its formation in October. The show aired Sunday, June 22nd, 2014 to Sunday, August 24th.
“Rising Star,” produced by Tedy Productions for Keshet Broadcasting, made a record-breaking debut on Israel’s Channel 2 this fall and keeps breaking records with a 49.4 percent share, having almost half of all TV audiences tuning into the show. The show outperformed all second screen data ever recorded in Israel, with a participation rate 10 times higher than previous shows, and is maintaining high ratings and conversion rates (viewers to second screen participation) of over 30 percent.
“Rising Star” completely reinvented the traditional singing competition as – for the first time ever – the audience had the final say in real time. The show followed a group of aspiring singers as they audition in live performances. During the performances, viewers voted via an App in real time to determine if the singer will advance in the competition. When voting reached a certain threshold the performer was saved. The performer was able to see their results during the live performance, so the feedback was immediate and dramatic.