“The Elements supports our vision to create a pipeline of original, locally relevant series that engages our viewers both on screen and via social platforms. As a world-renowned illusionist, Cosentino made his AXN debut as a guest star during the Asia’s Got Talent finale episode in 2015. We’re thrilled to partner with Cosentino again to usher in his magic revolution in Asia. I am thrilled to be embarking on this new partnership with AXN, who is the undisputed leader of English language broadcasting across Asia. I am very proud of what we have created with The Elements series. The concept of the shows and the magic and escapology contained within them is unlike anything else that has been seen before.” ~Virginia Lim, Senior Vice President and Head of Content, Production and Marketing
Sony Pictures Television Networks, Asia announced today a new original series for AXN featuring Australia’s top magician, illusionist and escapologist, Cosentino. The four-part series, entitled The Elements, will captivate audiences with Cosentino’s mesmerizing street magic, large-scale illusions and death-defying escapes all themed around Earth, Wind, Fire and Water.
The filming kicks off this week in Singapore before Cosentino takes his magic on tour, filming against iconic backdrops in Taipei, Manila and Kuala Lumpur. Various popular Asian artists, including singers, actors and models will join Cosentino as he performs his spell-binding stunts, creating a raft of “how did he do that?” moments.
Cosentino has quickly become a global star within the magic industry. He is a multiple winner of the prestigious Merlin Award (magic’s version of the Academy Awards) including acknowledgement as the ‘International Magician of the Year’ and the ‘International Escape Artist of the Year’.
The Elements will premiere in early 2018 first and exclusively on AXN.
AXN: A leader in original productions
AXN is a leader of regionally produced original content in Asia, with notable ratings successes including the hit-rated, award-winning Asia’s Got Talent, five seasons of the international Emmy-nominated The Amazing Race Asia; the Asian Television Award-winning Cash Cab Asia and Cash Cab Philippines; The Apprentice Asia; and the Asian Television Award-nominated Cyril: Simply Magic.
Cosentino is Australia’s premier illusionist and escapologist – a magician to his fingertips, a man who constantly challenges our notions of what is possible. The LA Times has said of him that ‘Cosentino mirrors the legendary Harry Houdini’ – and like Houdini, he is a true pioneer and trail blazer. Cosentino was the first Australian magician to have his own prime-time TV shows and is now a best selling author. Recognised by his peers as the 'International Magician of the Year’, he has become one of Australia’s most popular live performers and continues to stage his award winning live show to full houses across the globe.
About Sony Pictures Television Networks, Asia
Sony Pictures Television (SPT) Networks, Asia is a leading operator of ad-supported channels including English general entertainment powerhouses AXN and Sony Channel; and Asian content giants Animax, GEM and ONE. SPT Networks’ portfolio collectively features the biggest and best titles from Korea, Japan and the U.S that are first run, exclusive and aired close to the original telecast. Taking the content beyond the screen, SPT Networks immerses viewers in its premium entertainment via large-scale festivals, celebrity fan meets and social platform conversations. In Asia, SPT Networks’ portfolio is available across 19 territories and in over 42 million homes.
About Sony Pictures Television Networks
Sony Pictures Television Networks operates branded entertainment channels reaching over one billion households around the world. Based in Culver City, Amsterdam, Budapest, London, Madrid, Miami, Milan, Moscow, Mumbai, Munich, Singapore and Tokyo, Sony’s linear and digital networks offer high quality film and television content from Sony Pictures and third-parties, as well as original content commissioned globally and locally. Sony Pictures Television Networks is a division of Sony Pictures Television Inc., a Sony Pictures Entertainment company.