Screentime New Zealand, a Banijay Group company, today announces it is producing a new local version of Wife Swap for TVNZ in New Zealand. The new series will air on TVNZ 2 and TVNZ Ondemand later this year.
The latest version in New Zealand acts as the 28th local remake. Like the award-winning versions that have gone before, Wife Swap New Zealand will commence with the wives arriving at their new homes and meeting their temporary families. Aided only by an instruction manual left by their predecessor, the wife must spend the first week living according to the often difficult and bizarre rules of the house. How do people live like this? In the second week expect some big changes as she runs the household as she sees fit. Expect drama, tears and…understanding, as cameras follow the journey to often common ground.
Having been on air across the globe for 15 continuous years of broadcast, the brand has proved a worldwide success getting straight to the heart of how we live and love. To date, the show has proved a hit across the United Kingdom, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Russia and France. And further productions are already underway with Banijay Group’s Screentime Australia, Banijay Productions Germany and Zodiak Netherlands and Banijay Studios North America. That is not to mention the recent orders across Brazil, Bulgaria, and France.
Philly de Lacey, Executive Producer, Screentime New Zealand: “Wife Swap has long played a significant role in the Banijay Group portfolio and I could not be happier to be putting our own spin on it for audiences in New Zealand. With a social experiment and drama at its core, there is no doubt it will resonate with and attract viewers.”
Cate Slater, TVNZ Director of Content: “Wife Swap is an iconic format with a global following. The series has a unique fish-out-of-water quality that strongly resonates with viewers. We’re excited to see this show reimagined for 2019 on TVNZ and to celebrate the diversity of New Zealand families.”
Wife Swap New Zealand will be executive produced by Screentime’s Tina McLaren and Philly de Lacey, and Dominic Smith will serve as producer. It was commissioned by TVNZ’s Tony Manson. All rights for the Wife Swap brand are held by Banijay Rights.