Produce 101 (Hangul:  프로듀스 101 ) is a 2016 reality girl group survival show on Mnet. It is a large-scale project in which the public &q...

About Produce 101

Produce 101 (Hangul: 프로듀스 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. 


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. 

Pre-show promotions

Produce 101 was unveiled for the first time on Episode 453 of M! Countdown on December 17, 2015. The group was presented by Jang Keun-suk, and 98 out of 101 members showcased their talents through an EDM song "Pick Me".
Beginning on December 18, 2015, the 101 participants were revealed via official website, Facebook, Instagram and Naver TV Cast over the course of seven days. Each of the girls were introduced through profile with photos and video introductions.
On January 21, 2016, a production presentation for the show was held at the 63 Convention Center in Yeouido, Seoul. MC Jang Keun-suk, the five mentors, and 97 out of 101 trainees attended the presentation.[17] During the event, it was revealed that the unit girl group from Produce 101 with 11 members will debut under YMC Entertainment.

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
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)
Original network Mnet
Original release January 22 – April 1, 2016