The Apprentice Asia is an Asian reality game show in which a group of aspiring young businessmen and businesswomen compete for the chance to work with the Malaysian entrepreneur Tony Fernandes, who also serves as the host of the show. Dubbed as “The World’s Toughest Job Interview,” the show is the Asian version of the original American version's The Apprentice . It was aired on AXN Asia and produced by FremantleMedia Asia, All American Television and Atlantis.
The Apprentice Asia was broadcast from May until July 2013.
On the last show (31 July 2013), Jonathan Allen Yabut of the Republic of Philippines, a senior product manager, was hired by Tony Fernandes. Andrea Loh Ern-Yu, a civil-and-commercial litigation lawyer, of Singapore became runner-up. Yabut beat eleven finalists, winning a one-year contract and a six-figure salary job in Fernandes' airline, AirAsia.
The show had magnate Tony Fernandes as the show's host. Fernandes is joined by Mark Lankester, CEO of the Tune Hotels’ Group, and Kathleen Tan, CEO of Expedia Asia in analyzing what went wrong with the contestants' strategies and business outcomes, and determining which team member of the losing team should be "fired" from the show.
The season started with 12 contestants, six men and six women from across Asia. Each had been successful in various enterprises, including restaurant management, IT, and sales. During the show, the contestants lived communally in a suite in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Elimination took the form of one contestant being "fired" by Fernandes at the conclusion of each week's episode.
The contestants were originally divided into two "corporations" by gender. The men chose to name their company "Mavericks", and the women chose to name their company "Apex".
Each week, Fernandes assigned the teams a task. Each team selected a "project manager" to lead them in the week's assigned task. The winning team received a reward, while the losing team faced a boardroom showdown with Fernandes and two of his associates in order to determine which team member would be fired. Elimination proceeded in two stages. In the first stage, Fernandes confronted the losing team and required the week's project manager to select two additional team members which the project manager believed were most responsible for the loss. The rest of the team was dismissed (allowed to go back up to the suite, because they were safe to stay for the next round), and the project manager and the two other selected members faced a final confrontation several minutes later in which Fernandes fired one of the three.
|Country||Broadcasting Station||Broadcasting Channel||Start Date||End Date|
|Southeast Asia||Sony Pictures Television International||AXN Asia||22 May 2013||31 July 2013|
|Malaysia||Media Prima (Sistem Televisyen Malaysia Berhad)||TV3||1 August 2013||11 October 2013|
|Thailand||BEC-TERO||Channel 3||1 August 2013||11 October 2013|
SINDOMedia (Media Nusantara Citra)
|SINDOtv||31 May 2013||16 August 2013|
|Philippines||GMA Network||DZBB-TV 7||31 May 2013||16 August 2013|
MediaCorp Channel 5
|1 August 2013||11 October 2013|
|TVB Pearl||1 October 2013||11 October 2013|