The Apprentice Asia
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Created by:

Mark Burnett

Directed by:

Chee Kong Cheah

Presented by:

Tony Fernandes


Mark Lankester
Kathleen Tan

Voices of:

Bill Wolff

Narrated by:

Michael Douglas

Country of Origin:


Produced by:

Mark Burnett
Donald Trump

Production Companies:

All American Television (USA)
Atlantis (Canada)


FremantleMedia Asia

 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.

International Broadcast:Edit

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
Singapore MediaCorp 

MediaCorp Channel 5


1 August 2013 11 October 2013

Hong Kong



TVB Pearl 1 October 2013 11 October 2013

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