Client news · 7 April, 2016

IPCN produces ‘Dragons’ Den’ China for Shenzhen TV

Boom! client IPCN has been commissioned by broadcaster Shenzhen TV to produce a local adaptation of the hit reality TV format ‘Dragons’ Den.

Boom! client IPCN, the leading TV producer and rights content distributor focusing on the Chinese market, has been commissioned by broadcaster Shenzhen TV to produce a local adaptation of the hit reality TV format ‘Dragons’ Den,’ also known as ‘Shark Tank’ featuring China’s most prominent business leaders.

‘Dragons’ Den’ an award-winning business entertainment format franchise, is based upon the Japanese format created by Nippon Television Network Corporation (Nippon TV) and has been produced in countries across the globe, including the UK on BBC2 and the USA on ABC. It will air on Shenzhen TV on 22nd May 2016.

IPCN’s Shanghai-based production team is producing the 12 x 60’ series. Ms. Zhang Zhen from Shenzhen TV commissioned the show and the Executive Producer is IPCN’s CEO Rebecca Yang.

The business leaders appearing in the series include Mr. Xu Xiaoping, one of China’s foremost angel investors, founder of ZhenFund and co-founder and former Vice Chairman of New Oriental Education & Technology Group (NYSE: EDU), the largest provider of private education in China. In 2004 Forbes Magazine listed Mr. Xiaoping as one of the ‘Top 100 Celebrities in China’.

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“We’re delighted to be welcoming some of China’s most prominent business leaders to ‘Dragons’ Den’. We are also proud to be producing the original format adaptation for the first time in China” 

— Rebecca Yang, CEO of IPCN.

Also appearing is a pioneer in China’s Internet industry, founder of Mr. Jinbo Yao. Prior to establishing the company, in 2000, Mr. Yao founded, a domain name transaction and value-added service website in China. Mr. Yao currently serves on the board of directors of Xueda Education Group, a company he also co-founded and listed on the NYSE.

IPCN produces a number of local versions of global TV formats for Chinese broadcasters including ‘The Secret Millionaire’ for Dragon TV,“Supernanny” for Anhui TV and ‘China’s Next Top Model’ for CQTV.

The company recently announced a co production agreement with STV Productions to create a new factual entertainment format ‘Journey to the Precious’ which is inspired by STV Production’s ‘Celebrity Antiques Road Trip’.

IPCN is headquartered in Shanghai with offices in Beijing, London and Hong Kong.