The Firm (Malaysian TV series)

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The Firm
The Firm logo.JPG
Do They Have What It Takes?
Genre Reality
Created by Anne Low, Ng Ping Ho
Directed by Ng Ping Ho
Starring Peter Pek , Chan Boon Yong, Zafrul Aziz
Theme music composer Ub3rsound
Country of origin Malaysia
Original language(s) English, with subtitles in Bahasa Malaysia
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 23
Production
Executive producer(s) Anne Low, Ng Ping Ho
Producer(s) Anne Low
Location(s) Kuala Lumpur and Klang Valley
Editor(s) MS Prem Nath, Amy Lim, Kiang Hon Yeat
Camera setup John Goh, Eddie Tham Wai Wing, Boh Lee, Michael Chan Way Kin
Running time 60 minutes
Release
Original network ntv7
Original release 24 June 2007 – present
External links
Website

The Firm is Malaysia's first corporate reality television programme produced by Popiah Pictures and ntv7. Hosted by Peter Pek and Chan Boon Yong, the show is directed by award-winning director Ng Ping Ho of Kopitiam fame. In The Firm, a group of professionals compete in an elimination-style competition to find the next corporate high-flyer.

The show attempts to separate the weak from the strong, the under-achievers from the over-achievers and the followers from the leaders. Each week, candidates compete in a series of tasks dealing with different disciplines in business that is imperative to the success of a corporate high-flier. Amongst others, these include branding, promotions, positioning and catering to target markets. The catch phrase used in the show is "You're terminated". The show premièred prime time on ntv7 and Astro channel 7 on 24 June 2007.

Although the show initially drew comparisons to Mark Burnett's The Apprentice, it became quite apparent that it is quite different in that there are two corporate leaders who lead each team and decide who gets eliminated when their team fails to win a challenge. In addition, in episode 7, both corporate leaders leave their jobs as mentors to the teams and a new CEO enters the picture.

The Firm has reached its second season, which premièred on ntv7 and Astro 107 on 2 August 2008.

Hosts/Judges[edit]

The Firm has two corporate leaders, and a CEO, who all judge the candidates at different stages:

  • Peter Pek: renowned brand guru, writer, columnist, editor, publisher, designer, creative director, public speaker, and head of Malaysia's largest branding agency, Mercatus+.
  • Chan Boon Yong: entrepreneur and founder of The Carat Club, a diamond retailer.
  • Tengku Zafrul Aziz: CEO of CIMB Investment Banking.

History[edit]

Season 1[edit]

Season one of the Firm premiered on Malaysian television on 24 June 2007, featuring ten aspiring entrepreneurs divided into two teams, Dynamic and Momentum, led by Pek and Chan respectively, vying for a top position in "the Firm", which turned out to be a job offer in Tune Money, among other prizes. Tengku Zafrul's identity remained undisclosed for the earlier half of the season until the remaining contestants merge in the run-up to the finale. The grand prize fell in the hands of Joel Neoh Eu-Jin, who is now known for pioneering "youth entrepreneurship".

Season 2[edit]

Season two premiered on 2 August 2008, in which fourteen aspiring entrepreneurs vie for the position of Assistant CEO in "The Firm", again divided into two teams – Equity and Asset, led by Pek and Chan respectively. Azti Dian Fitri Azmi, a 31-year-old publications manager emerged the winner. She took home a cash prize worth $100,000 and a job contract to work for Tune Money.

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