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‘Contender’ boxing series goes to Singapore

Season four of Mark Burnett's boxing reality show, "The Contender," will leave the U.S. and take place in Singapore.
/ Source: Reuters

Reality TV producer Mark Burnett is setting Season 4 of "The Contender" in Singapore, taking production of the boxing series outside the U.S. for the first time.

Hosted by Tony Danza and produced with DreamWorks Television, the fourth season will premiere in the U.S. in December.

In a statement Monday, Burnett declined to disclose terms of the deal with the Singapore Tourism Board, but he said that cooperation from the Singapore government "made it an easy decision to bring our entire U.S. production to Singapore."

Postproduction of the 12-episode season also will take place in Singapore as part of a one-year exclusive deal with local post house Infinite Frameworks, Burnett said.

The deal marks the second time Singapore has hosted the "Contender" brand. A variation on the format, "The Contender Muay Thai," was shot in the Southeast Asian island-state in 2007 as a co-production with local company Imagine Omnimedia. A second season of "The Contender Muay Thai" is in negotiations, Burnett said.

The Singapore version of "The Contender" is not part of Burnett's $20 million joint venture with Malaysian resort developer Genting International. That venture, Mark Burnett Productions Asia, is expected to announce its first locally developed TV format later this year, Burnett said.