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In partnership with the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy of Indonesia (MOTCE), KC Global Media announced the launch of new original television and digital series titled, AXN Ultimate Challenge Indonesia, premiering on 25th November at 8:30pm (PHT), on the leading English-language general entertainment channel, AXN Asia and streaming worldwide on its official YouTube channel starting 27th November.

Indonesian Celebrity, actor, and singer-songwriter Afgansyah Reza
Indonesian Celebrity, actor, and singer-songwriter Afgansyah Reza
Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts and London’s Royal College of Music alumni Isyana Sarasvati
Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts and London’s Royal College of Music alumni Isyana Sarasvati

Hosted by Richard Kyle, the six-part multimedia series stars award-winning Indonesian Celebrity, actor and singer-songwriter Afgansyah Reza (aka Afgan) and Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts and London’s Royal College of Music graduate, Isyana Sarasvati – the award-winning singer who sang the Indonesian soundtrack A Whole New World, for the 2019 live-action remake of Aladdin.

From left:Indonesian host, podcaster and content creator Reza Chandika, musician and researcher Rara Sekar, singer Isyana Sarasvati and singer-songwriter Afgansyah Reza
From left: Indonesian host, podcaster and content creator Reza Chandika, musician and researcher Rara Sekar, singer Isyana Sarasvati and singer-songwriter Afgansyah Reza

The pair and their respective travel partners Reza Chandika (#TeamAfgan) and Rara Sekar (#TeamIsyana),  will take global audiences on an ultimate journey, including epic adventures and heart-pounding challenges as they experience and capture the social media worthy sights and sounds of Indonesia’s stunning island destinations – Labuan Bajo (known for the Komodo National Park, snorkeling points and flying fox bats), Mandalika in Lombok (known for thrilling racing circuits, water parks, and water sports activities), and Bali (without a doubt every traveler’s favorite getaway beach destination).

The indigenous Indonesian art of stick fighting called Caci practiced in Mandalika in Lombok Indonesia
The indigenous Indonesian art of stick fighting called Caci practiced in Mandalika in Lombok Indonesia

George Chien, Co-founder, President, and CEO of KC Global Media Asia said, “The series demonstrates AXN Asia’s continued commitment to Asian original productions across multimedia platforms to put Asian personalities and destinations in the spotlight. Indonesia is one of the Asian countries with diverse landscapes and cultures, offering exciting and unique adventures. Our partnership with the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy of Indonesia provides us with greater opportunities to showcase the picturesque sceneries of Indonesia, as viewers follow Afgan and Isyana explore the magnificent islands and cultural insights while performing ultimate challenges in their adventure.”

Sandiaga Salahuddin Uno, Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy of the Republic of Indonesia said, “We hope that through AXN Ultimate Challenge Indonesia we can introduce the top destinations in Indonesia, in particular Labuan Bajo, Mandalika, and Bali. Labuan Bajo, the entrance to see the Komodo, the largest lizard in the world, and where you can also enjoy life on board to get around Komodo National Park. We also have Mandalika. A place where there is a stretch of soft white sand and at the same time a surfing beach with the beauty of coral cliffs. Finally, Bali, who doesn’t know Bali? Known as the Land of the Gods, Bali appeals through its sheer natural beauty where you can enjoy a lot of activities here from adventure, culinary, and enchanting culture. From here you can see many ways to enjoy the beauty of Indonesian beaches. Wonderful Indonesia awaits you to feel your wonderful experience.”

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Each episode promises to keep fans on the edge of their seats as Afgan and Isyana, alongside their travel partners, are pushed past their comfort zones through challenges that put their minds, brawn, and social media prowess to the test. In the process, discover the incredibly diverse cultures, mouth-watering gastronomic delights, and magnificent wonders of nature that Indonesia has to offer. From exploring the iconic Pink Beach in Labuan Bajo to flyboarding at Tanjung Benoa Beach to paragliding in Nusa Dua, Bali; fans may relive their fondest memories of Indonesia across land, sea, and sky with Afgan and Isyana and be entertained by non-stop drama, action, and adventure.

In conjunction with the show’s premiere, AXN Asia and local Instagram communities @CameraIndonesia (Indonesia), @InstaSG (Singapore), @IGersMalaysia (Malaysia), and @IGersManila (the Philippines) will unite to ignite the ultimate virtual “ASEAN Insta-meet”, a community-led social movement crowdsourcing ASEAN Instagrammers to share their point of view (POV) on a beloved memory of their favorite destination in Indonesia through the art of photography.

One winning post with the most heart-warming memory will be selected from each country and the winning Instagrammer will be crowned as AXN Asia’s Ultimate Travel Insider of their country and awarded with DJI’s Pocket 2 (TBC), the smallest 3-axis stabilized handheld camera, perfect for capturing precious memories on trips around the world. The “ASEAN Insta-meet” social movement will commence from 25th November to 13th December and open to all Instagrammers residing in Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, and the Philippines.

Be sure to also tune in to AXN Asia’s Instagram account for unaired scenes from Afgan’s and Isyana’s unforgettable trip and discover the authentic heartwarming stories of tenacity and resilience of the everyday Indonesians they meet along the way.

AXN Ultimate Challenge Indonesia premieres on 25th November, with new episodes every Thursday and Friday on the AXN Asia channel across Southeast Asia. Global fans may also catch the digital premiere every Saturday on AXN Asia’s YouTube channel from 27th November.

About KC Global Media

KC Global Media logoKC Global Media Entertainment LLC is a global multi-media company based in the United States. The brainchild of former Sony executives Andy Kaplan and George Chien, KC Global Media Asia (KCGM Asia) is primed to be Asia’s leading entertainment hub through the production, distribution, and programming of quality, ground-breaking content. Backed by more than two decades of industry experience, KCGM Asia boasts an impressive portfolio of premium pay-TV channels in South-East Asia and Korea, including English-language general entertainment network AXN, anime channel Animax, South Korea’s ONE, and Japanese entertainment channel GEM. By combining award-winning and well-loved entertainment formats with extensive knowledge and insight into the Asia Pacific market, KCGM Asia is paving the way for a new standard of entertainment in Asia and beyond.

Facebook: @KCGlobalMedia | Instagram: @KCGlobalMediaAsia | Linkedin: @KCGlobalMediaAsia

About AXN

AXN-Asia logoAXN features exclusive top-rated drama series, blockbuster features, reality programs, and groundbreaking original productions. The channel appeals to a discerning audience seeking content that is smart, intriguing, and unexpected, and all delivered close to U.S telecasts. From SEAL Team and MacGyver to The Amazing Race Asia and Asia’s Got Talent, AXN is defined not by a genre, but by an attitude that truly redefines action. In Asia, AXN is enjoyed in 38 million households across 17 territories and is available in both SD and HD.

For more information, visit AXN-Asia.com or follow @AXNAsia on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and TikTok.

About Indonesia Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy

[Wonderful Indonesia]

Indonesia is a huge nation comprised of hundreds of cultures derived from local regions, making it one of the most diverse countries in the world. The “Wonderful Indonesia” concept highlights Indonesia’s wonders, There are:

  • Nature, Scenic Landscape & Wildlife. In this exotic tropical country, you can explore the magnificent white sandy beaches, great volcanoes, or colorful marine treasures. One lifetime would not be enough to explore Indonesia’s natural wonders.
  • Culinary & Wellness. This is where you spoil your senses: hearing, sight, touch, smell, and taste. Explore the many flavors Indonesia has to offer by taking a bite out of some local delicacies or delighting in traditional spa treatments.
  • Arts, Culture & Heritage. Indonesia is a huge nation comprised of hundreds of cultures derived from local regions, making it one of the most diverse countries in the world. Explore the unique culture and heritage of each region in Indonesia!
  • Recreation & Leisure. A nation is often measured by how advanced its technology is. Indonesia’s major cities adopt a modern lifestyle that is complete with stunning skyscrapers, vibrant nightlife, and technologically advanced offices.
  • Adventures. One would never get bored exploring Indonesia. Plunge into thrilling caving adventures, exotic diving escapades, challenging volcano climbs, intriguing jungle treks, and many more!

For more information, visit indonesia.travel, or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and TikTok.

About InDOnesia CARE

[InDOnesia Care]

Currently, most parts of Indonesia are entering the transition phase, an adaptation period towards the new normal. A new phase where several activities resume with fewer boundaries. Moments of slowly restarting the economy with the ease of restrictions in some public areas.

The Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy introduced InDOnesia CARE, a symbol of support for Indonesia’s strong effort in implementing the cleanliness, health, safety, and environmental protocols across the tourism industry as mandatory precautions, to assure travelers’ comfort.

Several customized InDOnesia CARE protocols were prepared to be implemented well across the tourism and creative economy elements as an effort to elevate travelers’ comfort amidst the new normal transition period. Cleanliness, health, safety, and environment are InDOnesia’s CARE main priorities with the hope of gaining support from visitors as they grow into wiser travelers.

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