Based on the hit shows from the UK and Australia, LEGO Masters “pits TEAMS OF 2 in a television competition that starts with a single LEGO brick and infinite possibilities and concludes with mind-blowing builds that will surely both inspire legions of loyal LEGO followers and capture the imagination of new fans!”
All hype aside, both the UK and Australian versions featured amazing builders from both of those countries and were very exciting to watch. Seeing the various styles and techniques that the team applied to the weekly challenges was inspiring. So was the enormous room full of seeming endless amounts of bricks.
Interested parties have until Friday, Sept 20, 2019 at 12pm PST to complete the lengthy application which ends with a request for photos of the team, their builds, collaborative build and an application video. Filming will take place for 7 weeks between October and December and depending how your team does with the elimination format, you may need to be available for all 7 weeks.
The builds in the Australian version ranged from short builds over a couple of hours to the massive final build which, if I recall, ran 29 hours, obviously not all at once. The main elimination builds were all 10-20 hours of building.
My favorite question on the application is #29: Have you ever been convicted of an offense or a felony? after which they explain that a “yes” doesn’t automatically disqualify you. Hmm.
FOX ENTERTAINMENT ACQUIRES U.S. RIGHTS TO INTERNATIONAL FORMAT “LEGO® MASTERS”
Fast-Growing Unscripted Hit Based on Revered Toy Currently Taking U.K.,
Australia and Germany by Storm
U.S. Version to Air on FOX and be Produced by Endemol Shine North America, Tuesdayʼs Child and Plan B Entertainment
FOX Entertainment has acquired the U.S. format rights for the hit British reality-competition series “LEGO® MASTERS,” to air on FOX and be produced by Endemol Shine North America, Tuesdayʼs Child and Brad Pittʼs Plan B Entertainment, it was announced today by Rob Wade, President of Alternative Entertainment and Specials, for FOX Entertainment.
Already a success in the U.K., Australia and Germany, LEGO MASTERS brings imagination, design and creativity to life when teams of LEGO enthusiasts go head-to-head, with infinite possibilities and an unlimited supply of LEGO bricks. Twelve teams of two will compete against each other in ambitious brick-building challenges to be crowned the countryʼs most talented amateur LEGO builders. In each episode, the competing pairs who impress the judges the most will progress to the next round, until the finale, during which the three top teams will face off for the ultimate LEGO trophy and the grand title of LEGO MASTERS.
“LEGO MASTERS has everything you want in a reality-competition: an incredibly quirky and unique twist on a brand revered by billions of people, exciting team-based battles driven by creativity, and a premise thatʼs ultra family friendly,” said Wade. “Itʼs bold, fun and unlike anything else on television, and weʼre thrilled to bring LEGO MASTERS to American fans.”
Originally created by Tuesdayʼs Child, LEGO MASTERS first launched on the U.K.ʼs Channel 4 in 2017, when it quickly became the networkʼs highest rated new series, nearly doubling its primetime average with young adults. Since then, LEGO MASTERS has been renewed by Channel 4 and local versions of the successful format have begun launching around the world. Most recently, Endemol Shine Australia produced a local version for Nine, which became an instant hit, averaging more than 2.0 million viewers, and ranked as the countryʼs #1 program among all key demos. Additionally, Endemol Shine Germany successfully produced the series for RTL.
Plan B will executive produce the FOX series along with Sharon Levy, DJ Nurre and Michael Heyerman from Endemol Shine North America; Karen Smith and Steph Harris from Tuesdayʼs Child; Jill Wilfert and Robert May from The LEGO Group.
LEGO MASTERS will be produced by Endemol Shine North America and Tuesdayʼs Child under license from The LEGO Group, for The LEGO Group.
About Endemol Shine North America
Endemol Shine North America delivers world-class content and compelling storytelling to multiple platforms in the U.S. and across the globe. Endemol Shine North America is part of Endemol Shine Group, the global content creator, producer and distributor with a diverse portfolio of companies that are behind some of the most prominent hit television formats and series in the world.
Its Endemol Shine Latino division oversees all Spanish and Portuguese language operations across Latin America, including Endemol Shine Brasil and newly launched studio Endemol Shine Boomdog, which produces original content for both the U.S. Hispanic and Mexican markets. Subsidiary production companies include Authentic Entertainment, Truly Original and 51 Minds Entertainment.
About Tuesdayʼs Child
Tuesdayʼs Child Television is a UK-based independent production company with offices in London and Glasgow specialising in entertainment and popular factual. It was launched in September 2012 by Karen Smith (co-creator of Strictly Come Dancing) who was former Shine TV joint MD (The Magicians, Gladiators, Got to Dance, MasterChef, The Biggest Loser, Just the Two of Us).
Tuesdayʼs Child has created and produced: The Hit List, a six part music quiz for Saturday nights on BBC One, season two is currently in production; Head Hunters a thirty episode quiz hosted by Rob Beckett coming soon to BBC1; fixed-rig social experiment The Cannabis Café w/coming soon to Channel 4; two series of LEGO MASTERS for Channel 4; BBC Oneʼs entertainment series, Pitch Battle; award-winning Youʼre Back in the Room for ITV and the US version Hypnotize Me (The CW); two series of BBC One daytime series For What Itʼs Worth; Britainʼs Biggest Superyachts: Chasing Perfection for BBC Two; RTS-nominated series Superstar Dogs for Channel 4; Sean Conway On The Edge, and Sean Conway: Running Britain for Discovery and How To Build a Robot for Channel 4.
About Plan B Entertainment
Headed by Brad Pitt and co-presidents Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner, Plan B Entertainment is an established film and television production company with many acclaimed titles. Their commitment to protecting narrative and giving filmmakers the freedom to take creative risks has resulted in a memorable run of emotionally and socially compelling characters and stories. The companyʼs titles include: THE TREE OF LIFE, WORLD WAR Z, 12 YEARS A SLAVE, THE NORMAL HEART, SELMA, THE BIG SHORT, and MOONLIGHT. Most recently, the company released Golden Globe and Academy Award-nominated films which include: BEAUTIFUL BOY, IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK, and VICE. Along with their development slate, Plan B is currently in production on MINARI with A24 and in pre-production on Barry Jenkinsʼ series UNDERGROUND RAILROAD for Amazon, BLONDE for Netflix, and THIRD DAY for HBO.
About The LEGO Group
The LEGO Group is a privately held, family-owned company with headquarters in Billund, Denmark, and main offices in Enfield, USA, London, U.K., Shanghai, China, and Singapore. Founded in 1932 by Ole Kirk Kristiansen, and based on the iconic LEGO brick, it is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of play materials. Guided by the company spirit, “Only the best is good enough,” the company is committed to the development of children, and aims to inspire and develop the builders of tomorrow through creative play and learning. LEGO products are sold worldwide and can be virtually explored at www.LEGO.com. LEGO, its logo, the Minifigure and the brick and knob configuration are trademarks of the LEGO Group. ©2019 The LEGO Group. Used with permission.