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Hungary talent show for classical musicians gets US, UK deal

May 12, 2018

In this photo taken on April 4, 2018, contestant Teo Gertler performs on “Virtuosos,” a Hungarian talent show for classical musicians, in Budapest, Hungary. Producers of a Hungarian talent show for young classical musicians say the rights to the program have been acquired for versions in the United States and Britain by a London-based production firm. Fulwell 73, which is partly owned by James Corden and produces his late-night talk show, signed the agreement with the production company of “Virtuosos,” led by founder Mariann Peller. (Laszlo Tyukodi/Virtuosos Holding via AP)

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Producers of a Hungarian talent show for young classical musicians say the rights to the program have been acquired for versions in the United States and Britain by a London-based production firm.

Fulwell 73, which is partly owned by James Corden and produces his late-night talk show, signed the agreement with the production company of “Virtuosos,” led by founder Mariann Peller.

“Virtuosos” has been very successful in Hungary, where its broadcasts on state television are in their fourth season.

At Friday’s signing ceremony in New York, opera singer Placido Domingo also became a shareholder in Virtuosos Holding Ltd., owner of the international rights to the show.

The program’s popularity in Hungary has resulted in auditions by thousands of hopeful musicians, and boosted applications to music schools.

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