Production has begun on LEGO MASTERS Australia with the announcement of the show’s judge and prize.
LEGO MASTERS has been picked up for series in Australia and Germany for 2019 following the success of the original version in the UK last year. Hamish Blake has been announced as the host of the Australian version, and now LEGO Certified Professional Ryan McNaught has been announced as the judge for the series. McNaught is known for his Brickman exhibitions.
As with the UK version, eight pairs of builders will compete, with 2.5 million LEGO bricks available to them. The grand prize for the winning pair is $100,000 (AU).
The series has been commissioned by Nine and is produced by Endemol Shine Australia. “We are very excited about LEGO MASTERS. It will redefine family entertainment in 2019 because there’s no greater brand that resonates more with families than LEGO,” Michael Healy, Director of television for Nine, told Media Week.
“LEGO is a globally renowned and much-loved phenomenon that appeals to people of all ages and LEGO Masters most definitely has the same pull,” Lisa Perrin, Endemol Shine Group’s CEO of creative networks, said at the time of the international licensing announcement.
LEGO MASTERS Series 2 is expected to launch later soon in the UK, with Channel 4 airing the building based series.