BBC Worldwide America will produce Dance War: Bruno vs. Carrie Ann, the confirmed title for the U.S. version of the BBC format DanceX, to air winter 2007 on ABC.
Drew Lachey, winner of Dancing with the Stars series 2 has been confirmed as presenter.
Dance War will air between series of Emmy nominated Dancing with the Stars, the networks version of Strictly Come Dancing, also produced by BBC Worldwide America. Series 5 starts on September 24, 2007.
Bruno Tonioli, who stars in the UK's DanceX and Carrie Ann Inaba, both judges on Dancing with the Stars, will come face to face across the dance floor as they search for a sensational new dancing and singing group.
Commented Paul Telegdy, BBC Worldwide's EVP Content & Production: "We have a first class team secured for this show. With his pop music history and Dancing with the Stars fame Drew is a household name in the U.S. and has exactly the right levels of energy and charisma to carry off this show.
"Bruno and Carrie are incredibly skilled choreographers and brilliant personalities, we're confident that Dance War is going to be a great show for ABC."
BBC Worldwide America has a production base in Los Angeles dedicated to serving U.S. networks and cable operators. As well as producing Dancing with the Stars and Dance War, its first scripted drama Viva Laughlin, based on the UK hit Blackpool will air on CBS in October 2007.
Notes to Editors:
BBC Worldwide America has headquarters in New York and Los Angeles, and brings together all of BBC Worldwide's businesses in the U.S.
BBC Worldwide is the main commercial arm and a wholly owned subsidiary of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). The company exists to maximise the value of the BBC's assets for the benefit of the UK licence payer and invest in public service programming in return for rights.
The company has six core businesses: Global Channels, Global TV Sales, Content & Production, Home Entertainment, Digital Media and Magazines. All are represented in the U.S. with the exception of Magazines.