Endemol Shine Germany Unites Couples in Virtual Relationships

9 December, 2021

Banijay today confirms Endemol Shine Germany, part of Banijay Germany, will produce the local adaptation of Love IRL for VOX. This reality-based documentary will bring together couples who have met online, but for whatever reason, not in person.


Love IRL helps kickstart unique love stories. Following people who are emotionally invested with someone they have only ever met virtually, whether via social media, a chat room or online dating site, Love IRL will see them finally meet face-to-face in an extraordinary location. Once together these soulmate seekers must decide if there is a romantic spark, and most crucially, if they would like to spend more time together.


Fabian Tobias, Managing Director of Endemol Shine Germany comments: “This format provides an in-depth examination of virtual dating. Meeting online may be becoming the norm, but can you really connect with someone if you never meet? Each couple has their own story and reasoning for only interacting online so bringing them together creates beautiful, moving and heart-warming, once-in-a-lifetime introductions.”


Banijay has secured the format rights for the show in a number of markets including the UK, Germany, Italy, Spain, Holland and Flanders in Belgium. Originally created by Studio 89 Productions, and distributed by M6 Formats (both M6 Group companies) Et si on se rencontrait? (Love IRL) has been confirmed for a second run in France.


Leading TV Production company Endemol Shine Germany has enjoyed significant success in multiple genres. From hit reality shows like Celebrity Big Brother and Celebrity Hunted to culinary competition Kitchen Impossible.