The Apprentice is a television franchise that originated in 2004 in the United States. As originally conceived, the show depicted 16 contestants from around the country with various backgrounds competing in an elimination-style competition to become an apprentice to Donald Trump. They would have the opportunity to work for him as the president of one of his companies for at least one year with an annual salary of $250,000. The Apprentice was developed by Mark Burnett, who successfully brought Survivor to the US. Since its premiere, the show has spawned many licensed international versions as well as several imitations.
is a reality television show
that originated in the United States
. Billed as "The Ultimate Job Interview," the show depicted a group of 15-18 businessmen and -women competing in an elimination-style competition for a one-year, $250,000 job of running one of host and executive producer Donald Trump
The first season aired during winter and spring of 2004. The Apprentice is Executive Produced by Mark Burnett, Jay Bienstock, and real estate magnate Donald Trump, who hosted the show. The premise of the show is to conduct a job talent search for a person to head one of Trump's companies. The position starts with an introductory one-year contract with a starting yearly salary at six figures ($250,000 USD to be exact, roughly about $4807.70 USD per week assuming a 52-week work-year). The show led Trump to become known for his fateful catch phrase "You're Fired!". The theme song for the show is For the Love of Money by the O'Jays.
The contestants live communally in a suite at Trump Tower in New York City and the boardroom showdown is with Trump and two of his associates (usually Carolyn Kepcher, Former Chief Operating Officer and General Manager for the Trump National Golf Club, and George H. Ross, Executive Vice President and Senior Counsel, The Trump Organization). Season 6 saw the show move to Los Angeles. On May 14, 2007 NBC announced the show was not on its fall 2007 schedule, but that a decision to cancel or renew it had not yet been made. On May 19, 2007, Trump announced that he was "moving on from The Apprentice", effectively ending the series. However, on May 22, NBC responded by saying Trump still has a year left on his contract. It was finally officially announced on July 16, 2007 that NBC renewed the show for mid-season as a special celebrity edition. Season seven debuted January 3, 2008. The eighth season "is set to premiere in January 2009".
An African version, The Apprentice Africa
is hosted by advertising magnate and co-founder of Insight Communications, Mr. Biodun Shobanjo. The Apprentice Africa is based in Lagos, Nigeria. It is aired in Nigeria
on (Nigerian Television Authority
), Silverbird TV
, Super Screen, and MBI Television
on (WBS); and Tanzania
(TBC1). It premiered in February 2008. Eighteen contestants on the show come from Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda, Ghana, Cameroon, and Republic of Guinea.
The maiden edition of The Apprentice Africa was won by Isaac Dankyi-Koranteng, a 31 year old Sales Manager from Ghana. Isaac beat Eunice Omole, an Nigerian American in a final show that saw most of the evicted contestants supporting the winner. Isaac was hired for Bank PHB Plc and will be assigned special responsibilities, by the Managing Director and CEO of the bank, which include research and development of products, and roll-out strategy for the bank in new markets, with supervision by the Apprentice-Africa 'CEO', Mr. Biodun Shobanjo
The South African
version that aired on SABC3
is hosted by Tokyo Sexwale
, a mining magnate. During the live finale September 22
, Mr. Sexwale hired the final two -- Zanele Batyashe, 24, and Khomotso Choma, 34, which not only elicited anger from viewers, but also resulted in complaints across the country after the announcement was made. Later, US Series 4 winner Randal Pinkett recommended Trump not do so in the finale (See US Series 4
) after he pondered hiring the runner-up, something which may have been inspired by this incident. The catch phrase Tokyo Sexwale used was "You're dismissed!"
In Belgium, VT4
broadcasted 'De Topmanager' on March 1
hired Claudia Schiepers from 16 candidates.
, a Brazilian
version of The Apprentice
hosted by marketing business man Roberto Justus
, premiered on November 4
(a cable channel that broadcasts The Apprentice
in Latin America
) and Rede Record
(a Brazilian broadcasting network) teamed up with Fremantle Media
to create the show. The show is aired twice a week with new episodes on Tuesdays and Thursdays. People+Arts shows the episode 8:00pm while Rede Record shows it with a two-hour delay. The last episode aired on November, 2006 on a live show, with parts recorded earlier (the last task and a part of the board room). Justus' catchphrase is "Você está demitido
" ("you're fired"). The show is currently in its fourth season, with the name "Aprendiz 4 - O Sócio" (Apprentice 4 - The Partner).
The final two were Denis Peres and Vivianne Ventura. On the last task both of them had to organize two charity auctions. Vivianne got 45% more money than Denis. Another point that was brought up on the board room was that when asked by Roberto Justus himself to change the day of the auction, while Vivianne accepted the idea right away, Denis did not.
By the end of the show, Justus decided Vivianne should be The Apprentice, and just like the U.S. version, when he told her he hired her the whole stage opened showing a live audience and all the others candidates as well as Vivianne's family ran to congratulate her.
Justus then told Vivianne she wouldn't leave in a taxi like the ones who lost the show, but she would leave driving her new Mercedes-Benz A-Class. He also showed her in which of his enterprises she would work on her new 250,000 Reais (about US$ 100,000 at that time) yearly job.
Due to the success of the show, the producers started a new format: Apprentice - The Partner. The winner of this season would earn 1 million reais (about US$ 500,000) to start a company with Justus. Brazil is the first country to test this "partner-style". On the 28th June finale, Roberto Justus had to choose between Mariana Reis and Tiago to be his new partner. Tiago won the last task and will begin a wash dry car business.
Has had a version airing on CCTV
since 2006. Chinese name "创智赢家"and "智联招聘”.
Hosted By Jean-Claude Bessudo, a French-born tourism entrepreneur. The show first aired in May 2005 on Canal Caracol
. The Spanish
version is called El Aprendiz
(literal translation from the original show's name). The show's catchphrase is "Estás despedido!" (You're fired!)
Hosted by Klaus Riskaer Pedersen
in the Danish
version. Pedersen's catchphrase is "Du er fyret
" ("you're fired"). Louise Holm was hired at the end of the first season.
The Estonian version called "Mantlipärija" was hosted by Armin Karu
, the owner of the Olympic Entertainment Group (casinos & hotel chains). It was shown on TV3
at the fall of 2007.
Former talk show host and current consulting firm owner Jari Sarasvuo
hosted the Finnish
version on MTV3
, called Diili
(slang term for "deal"). The Finnish catchphrase is "Olet vapautettu
", or "You're fired". Olli Rikala was the winner of the first season, although his competitor in the final was also hired, as well three of the other competitors.
Currently there are no plans for a second season.
In the autumn of 2004, German
TV station RTL
aired an adaptation of The Apprentice
on German television called Big Boss
. The show was hosted by former soccer manager Reiner Calmund
and only scored fair to poor ratings. The catchphrase was "Sie haben frei
", or "you are excused". Carmen Dohmen was hired at the end of the first season and Sandra Trögl wound up getting fired at the end of the first season.
In September 2004 aired an adaptation of The Apprentice on German television called "Hire or Fire", produced and starred by John de Mol, on ProSieben. But the show was cancelled after only one episode due to low ratings.
Publishing tycoon Petros Kostopoulos
hosted the Greek
version, where the catchphrase was "Efiges
", which is slang
for "you're out." Contrary to other nations where the show has been licenced or imitated, the reaction of the Greek television audiences can be considered lukewarm at best and the show didn't catch on, unlike other reality series. It was cancelled after one season and managed only very low ratings.
is the host of the Indian version, called Business Baazigar
, which literally translates to Business Tycoon. It was seen on Sunday evenings and early Monday mornings on Zee TV
Irfan is the winner of the first season of Business Baazigar.
The phrase 'you are fired' was subtly substituted by handing out air tickets for the candidates who were eliminated.
Media mogul Peter Gontha
is the host. The show, the first Apprentice
spin-off in Asia
, started on October 3
, and aired every Monday on 21.30 Western Indonesian Time (GMT +7) on the television station Indosiar
. According to the show's official website, the apprentice winner, a 29-year old male whose name is Fendi Gunawan Liem, will be earning a salary of 600 million Rupiahs, equivalent to about USD 66,000. The catchphrase is "Anda saya pecat
", or "you are fired". The direct translation means, "I fire you".
version is currently being aired this Autumn, 2008 on Irish broadcaster TV3
, hosted by business mogul Bill Cullen
. The show will be based in Dublin
, and the winner will receive a 12 month contract working alongside Cullen with a package worth €100,000. Although TV3 have made home-produced versions of international programmes before such as The Weakest Link
, The Apprentice is without doubht proving to be the most successful for the broadcaster, attracting large viewing figures, and receiving much attention from the media in Ireland
High-profile barrister Bram Moszkowicz
offered a highly paid position ("the new Moszkowicz") in his law firm in AVRO
's show De Nieuwe Moszkowicz
. The show focused much on the character of Moszkowicz, a flamboyant man known for defending a number of very unpopular figures, most notably Desi Bouterse
Eventually Nienke Hoogervorst won out.
Produced for network TVNORGE
, this was notable for being the first Apprentice
spinoff in Europe. It is also notable for having the first female host-- Hairdressing mogul Inger Ellen Nicolaisen
hosted the first season of the Norwegian
version. The show is titled Kandidaten (The Candidate), and the catchphrase is "Du har sparken
" ("you're fired").
Real estate tycoon Mohamed Ali Alabbar
hosts the Arabic version from Dubai
called el idara jadara
. The show hasn't started yet on LBC Lebanon.
In Russia the show is called "Candidate" (Кандидат) and is broadcast on the TNT
channel. The first season in 2005 was hosted by restaurant tycoon Arkady Novikov
, and the winner was hired as the CEO for one of Novikov's companies. The second season in late summer of 2006 was hosted by the mining, banking and property tycoon Vladimir Potanin
. As of January 2007, Potanin's personal wealth is estimated to be $14.2 billion (roughly 369 billion rubles)
, which makes him the richest host of any version of the show so far.
The catchphrase is "Вы уволены", or, "You are fired".
publishing mogul Jürg Marquard
hosts the show, which first aired in April 2005 on SF1
. The show is titled Traum Job
(Dream Job), and the catchphrase is "Sie sind raus
" ("You are out"). Martin was ultimately hired at the end of the first season.
's version is hosted by one of that country's most successful businessmen, Tuncay Özilhan the CEO of Anadolu Group. The show is titled Cırak
(The Apprentice), and the catchphrase is "Seninle çalışmak istemiyorum!
" ("I do not want to work with you"). Ahmet Isik was the winner of the first season.
Sir Alan Sugar
, founder of electronics company Amstrad
, hosts the show The Apprentice
in the United Kingdom
. He ranks 84th on The Sunday Times Rich List 2007
list of richest people in Great Britain, with an estimated worth of around £973m. His catchphrase is "You're fired". Like the US version, the show also has an unseen narrator, Mark Halliley
. The show started on 16 February 2005
on BBC Two
, with the final episode of the first series shown on 4 May 2005
. Tim Campbell
, a former transport manager for the London Underground
, was ultimately hired on May 4
, and as a result, landed a position at Amstrad with an introductory contract of 1 year with a salary exceeding £100,000. Saira Khan was fired on the series finale but has used the show to help launch a media career, including a regular column on the BBC Apprentice website and presenter of the enterprise show Beat the Boss
. James Max
a semi-finalist of the show presents the daily Business Update on TalkSPORT
alongside Ian Wright
and Adrian Durham
he also covers for non-sports presenters on a regular basis. He presents two weekly shows on LBC 97.3
Radio on Saturday and Sunday evenings.
Series 2 of The Apprentice UK began on Wednesday 22 February 2006, with the winner being Michelle Dewberry, chosen over Ruth Badger.
Series 3 of The Apprentice UK began on Wednesday 28 March 2007 on mainstream BBC One channel instead of BBC Two because of the high ratings of Series 2. The winner of this series was Simon Ambrose who was chosen over Kristina Grimes.
Series 4 of The Apprentice UK began on Wednesday 26 March 2008 on BBC One and ran for twelve weekly episodes. A record 20,000 applications were received. The winner of the 2008 series was Lee McQueen, having beaten Claire Young, Helene Speight and Alex Wotherspoon in the final, which featured four candidates instead of the usual two. The series peaked at 9.7 million viewers during the last episode, an unprecedented figure for The Apprentice.
A spin off show, The Apprentice: You're Fired!, is presented by Adrian Chiles and is shown on BBC Two straight after the BBC One show. The 30 minute programme has a studio audience and interview with the fired apprentice, and Sir Alan usually appears in the final episode of each series.
The RTL Group holds international licence rights for the show worldwide, and the show is produced by RTL's Talkback Thames. The UK opening theme is Dance of the Knights from Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet, with the Boardroom music provided by UK artist Dru Masters.
The BBC has also screened series 1, 2 and 3 of the US version (as of autumn 2006), the show is being broadcast some considerable time after the original US airing, and in the graveyard slot (11pm onwards).
Legacy Interactive has created two casual computer game versions of the show. The most popular of these, The Apprentice Los Angeles, was released in April 2007, and appeared in Target stores in May.
- The Apprentice: Martha Stewart, a spin-off with Martha Stewart
- The Assistant, with Andy Dick, an MTV-produced parody.
- The Benefactor, with Mark Cuban of the NBA Dallas Mavericks
- Fire Me...Please/The Sack Race, where contestants try to get fired from their job
- The Law Firm with Roy Black
- My Big Fat Obnoxious Boss, a parody and hoax
- The Rebel Billionaire, with Richard Branson of the Virgin Group
- Ultimate Hustler, with Damon Dash
- Tycoon (TV series), with Peter Jones (entrepreneur)
- Dragons' Den
- The Next Internet Millioanaire, by internet entrepreneur Joel Comm