Shantay g’day! We’re gagged to announce today that RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under, our Australian and New Zealand adaptation of RuPaul’s Drag Race, will be coming later this year to Stan, TVNZ OnDemand, and our own streaming platform, WOW Presents Plus!
Hosted by executive producer RuPaul with Drag Race veteran Michelle Visage on the judges’ panel, production will kick off this week in New Zealand and premiere later this year. The series will stream exclusively on WOW Presents Plus in the US and other international markets, day-and-date with local airings.
RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under joins a global slate of franchise versions executive produced by World of Wonder across the UK, Canada, Thailand, Chile, Holland, and recently announced Spain.
“I cannot wait for everyone to see that Down Under queens have some of the biggest charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talents in the world. Thank you to Stan and TVNZ OnDemand for providing a platform for these outrageous drag artists to share their heart, soul and humor,” says host and executive producer RuPaul.
“The dazzling queens of Australia and New Zealand have always been an inspiration to us, so we are thrilled to team up with our local production partners Stan and TVNZ to bring the creative genius of drag down under to international audiences on WOW Presents Plus,” said Executive Producers Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato of World of Wonder.
“We’re proud to bring the Drag Race phenomenon down under in an antipodean showdown for Stan and TVNZ OnDemand!” said Nick Tanner, Director of Sales and Co-Productions at Passion Distribution. “I can’t wait to see the best queens from Australia and New Zealand bring it to RuPaul’s main stage. RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under will be a fantastic addition to the ever expanding ‘ru-niverse.”
RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under is a World of Wonder production in collaboration with Warner Bros International Television Production New Zealand for Stan and TVNZ. Randy Barbato, Fenton Bailey, Tom Campbell, and RuPaul Charles serve as Executive Producers. Passion Distribution will distribute the series globally in line with Passion Distribution and WOW’s distribution strategy.