The Toughest ‘Apprentice’ in History to Debut Across Asia in March 2021
Followed by Global Launch in June 2021
4 February 2021 – Singapore: The largest global sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship™ (ONE), today announced the official premiere date for “The Apprentice: ONE Championship Edition” and introduced all 16 candidates competing on the debut season of ONE’s unique take on the global hit reality TV show.
“The Apprentice: ONE Championship Edition” will premiere across Asia on Thursday, 18 March, on AXN, the show’s official Asian broadcast partner, with markets to include Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand, Cambodia, Myanmar, and Vietnam.
“The Apprentice: ONE Championship Edition” will also be available on other platforms and TV networks across Asia in March, including MediaCorp (Singapore), Abema (Japan), KompasTV (Indonesia), Amarin TV (Thailand), LINE TV (Thailand), TV5 Network (Philippines), and HTV (Vietnam).
In China, ONE has entered into a broadcast agreement with ByteDance to stream “The Apprentice: ONE Championship Edition” on their Douyin, Xigua, and Toutiao platforms beginning on Saturday, 20 March.
The Asian debut in March will be followed by a global launch in June 2021.
Refinery Media served as the company’s production partner. The production was helmed by Executive Producer and Refinery Media Founder Karen Seah.
With support from the Singapore Tourism Board (STB), “The Apprentice: ONE Championship Edition” was filmed entirely in Singapore in accordance with prevailing health and safety protocols. The series features iconic locations and brings forth passion made possible stories that mirror the country’s never-settling spirit of enterprise.
Also revealed were the show’s 16 candidates, who were selected from a field of thousands of applicants to compete for a US$250,000 job offer to work directly under ONE Chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong for a year as his protege in Singapore.
The international cast of candidates come from 11 nations across the globe and represent Asia, Europe, North America, South America, and New Zealand.
Lara Pearl Alvarez, Philippines
Alvin Ang, Singapore
Irina Chadsey, Russia
Eugene Chung, United States
Teirra Kamolvattanavith, Thailand
Joy Koh, Singapore
Monica Millington, United States
Paulina Purnomowati, Indonesia
Jessica Ramella, Venezuela
Niraj Puran Rao, India
Nazee Sajedi, United States
Louie Sangalang, Philippines
Sho Takei, Japan
Clinton Tudor, New Zealand
Roman Wilson, United States
Kexin Ye, Germany
About “The Apprentice: ONE Championship Edition”:
“The Apprentice: ONE Championship Edition” invites 16 candidates handpicked from around the world to compete in a high-stakes competition involving business and physical challenges. The winner will receive a US$250,000 job offer to work directly under ONE Chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong for a year as his protege in Singapore.
Special guest CEOs confirmed to join “The Apprentice: ONE Championship Edition” include Zoom CEO Eric Yuan, Grab CEO Anthony Tan, Zilingo CEO Ankiti Bose, Catcha Group CEO Patrick Grove, Twilio CEO Jeff Lawson, and Everise CEO Sudhir Agarwal, and many more.
Athletes confirmed to make appearances on the show include martial arts legends Georges St-Pierre and Renzo Gracie, former ONE Welterweight World Champion Ben Askren, ONE Heavyweight World Champion Brandon Vera, ONE Women’s Atomweight World Champion Angela Lee, ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix Champion Demetrious Johnson, Indian Wrestling Champion Ritu Phogat, Karate World Champion Sage Northcutt, and ONE Women’s Strawweight World Champion Xiong Jing Nan.
“The Apprentice” is one of the biggest non-scripted reality television programs in history, judging the business skills of candidates who are competing for a job offer under a high-profile CEO. It has aired in more than 120 countries. The first season of “The Apprentice: ONE Championship Edition” will consist of 13 episodes.
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About ONE Championship™
ONE Championship (ONE) is the largest global sports media property in Asian history. Headquartered in Singapore, ONE is the world’s largest martial arts organization, hosting bouts across all styles of martial arts such as Muay Thai, Kickboxing, Karate, Kung Fu, Silat, Sanda, Lethwei, Mixed Martial Arts, Tae Kwon Do, Submission Grappling, and more. ONE hosts the biggest sports entertainment events across Asia, featuring some of the world’s best martial artists and world champions on the largest global media broadcast in Asia. ONE Esports, a subsidiary of ONE Championship, runs Asia’s largest global esports Championship Series with some of the biggest blockbuster game titles in the world. With a focus on both martial arts and esports, ONE Championship is currently the largest producer of millennial live sports content in Asia. In addition to its digital platforms, ONE Championship broadcasts across 150+ countries with some of the largest global free-to-air and digital broadcasters, including Star Sports, Tencent, TV5, Astro, ClaroSports, Startimes, Fox Sports, Thairath TV, Turner Sports, Skynet, Mediacorp, Great Sports, Mediaset Italia, ProSiebenSat.1, Dubai Sports, and more.
About Refinery Media
Refinery Media was established in 2009 and has grown to become one of the most successful and established unscripted production houses in Asia, producing large global formats for international networks and clients, such as the most successful seasons of Asia’s Next Top Model Cycles 5 & 6, SupermodelMe Seasons 1-5, Cesar’s Recruit Asia Season 3, Asian Dream, Street to Kitchen, Amazing Race Season 5, Cooking for Love, Academy Fantasia and the upcoming, The Apprentice: ONE Championship Edition. Refinery Media’s firm belief in quality and high production values won the team Best General Entertainment and Best Adaptation of An Existing Format for Asia’s Next Top Model at the Asian Academy Creative Awards. Refinery also earned several nominations including Best Digital Non-Fiction Program at the International Digital Emmy Awards for its original format, SupermodelMe. Made up of a group of media veterans with diverse experiences and capabilities, Refinery Media provides end-to-end content solutions by applying a cross-disciplinary approach in all its projects and productions. Refinery is headquartered in Singapore, with offices in Hong Kong and Ho Chi Minh City.