Top Models Know No Borders - VH1 Brings Australia's Next Top Model Exclusively to U.S.
Based on the Wildly Successful 'America's Next Top Model'
'Australia's Next Top Model' Premieres Monday March 5 At 10 PM*
NEW YORK, Feb. 21 -- "America's Next Top Model" is not
only a watercooler show in the United States, but also an international
sensation. The highly rated versions of the American franchise air in 17
countries around the world. Beginning Monday, March 5 at 10PM*, VH1 will
premiere the Australian version of this popular franchise for the first
time in America. "Australia's Next Top Model" is 'Down Under's spin on the
franchise, which was created and co-produced by Tyra Banks.
Hosted by model/presenter Erika Heynatz, the eight episode series will
chart the sometimes staggering and always eye-catching transformation of 10
hopefuls into potential working models. The 10 finalists spent two months
living together in a penthouse in the exclusive Sydney suburb of Darling
Point while filming the series.
In each episode, the program's panel of judges -- including leading
fashion designer and former model booker Alex Perry, celebrity fashion
stylist Ken Thompson and former U.S. Harper's Bazaar Managing Editor
Marguerite Kramer -- assess task performance and potential. After each
critique, one girl is sent home until only one remains.
Aside from the stress of learning the ropes of the business, the
finalists also have to deal with the ups and downs of 'model house' life:
tears and tantrums, accusations of fake breasts and theft. Then there are
the cheating claims, the 'you're too skinny' taunts and all the high drama
you'd expect when you put 10 competitive and hugely ambitious girls under
one roof! The winner takes home a prize package including a trip to fashion
capital Milan, where she will meet with the renowned Fashion agency, an
eight-page spread in Cleo magazine, a Napoleon cosmetics campaign and
representation from CHIC Model Management.
Visit http://www.vh1.com/shows/ for more information on "Australia's
Next Top Model." VSPOT, VH1's broadband channel (http://vspot.vh1.com) will
offer weekly sneak peek clips leading up to each on-air premiere.
"Australia's Next Top Model" is based on "America's Next Top Model"
which is produced by 10x10 Entertainment and Bankable Productions.
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"Australia's Next Top Model" is distributed by CBS Television
Distribution. CBS Television Distribution is the preeminent company in
worldwide television syndication. Comprised of the assets of King World
Productions, CBS Paramount Domestic Television, CBS Paramount International
Television and CBS Home Entertainment, CTD produces or distributes 11
first- run series and holds the largest internationally distributed
television library at 70,000 hours strong. CTD is a unit of CBS Corp.
*all times ET/PT