31 May 2016

Produce 101 is a 2016 reality girl group survival show on Mnet. It is a large-scale project in which the public "produces" a u...


Produce 101 is a 2016 reality girl group survival show on Mnet. It is a large-scale project in which the public "produces" a unit girl group by choosing members from a pool of 101 trainees from 46 entertainment companies as well as the group's concept, debut song, and group name. The show has the second-largest budget of all shows produced by Mnet. 

Concept

Produce 101 is the nation's first agency-collaboration unit girl group project, which brings together 101 trainees from different entertainment companies both inside and outside of South Korea, and 11 trainees will be selected to form a unit girl group. The unit group will perform four songs together for a year and release a debut album under the record label of CJ E&M but may later join a girl group that their agencies are planning. The members began living together on December 5, 2015. They took to the stage for the first time to face off in a group mission at the CJ E&M studio in Ilsan on December 27, 2015.
For the girls' training, several artists have been recruited for the show. Actor-singer Jang Keun-suk serves as a mentor, while Brown Eyed Girls' vocalist JeA, alongside vocal trainer Kim Sung-eun, soloist Kahi with choreographer Bae Yoon-jung, and rapper Cheetah are respectively in charge of vocal, dance, and rap training. In addition, trainer Ray Yang is in charge of the girls' fitness training.


Directed by: An Joon-young
Presented by Jang Keun-suk
Theme music composer DJ KOO, Midas-T, Maximite
Opening theme "Pick Me"
by Produce 101
Country of origin South Korea
Original language(s) Korean
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 11
Production
Executive producer(s) Han Dong-chul
Running time 80–120 minutes
160 minutes (Finale)
Production company(s)
  • CJ E&M
  • Signal Entertainment Group
Distributor CJ E&M
Budget ₩4 billion (approximately US$3.4 million)
Release
Original network Mnet
Original release January 22 – April 1, 2016