Banijay Rights today announces the return of adventure reality format Survivor to Colombia, as MIP Cancun draws to a close in Mexico today.
Following a 15-year hiatus, Colombian broadcaster RCN will produce a new adaptation of Survivor to air in 2023 entitled Survivor, La Isla de los Famosos.
The agreement was brokered by Michelle Wasserman, SVP Latam, USH & Brazil, Banijay Rights, who said: “More than 15 years has passed since Survivor last graced television screens in Colombia, so we are thrilled to secure this deal and work with RCN to revive this world-famous format.”
Eugenia Vélez, VP of Programming and Marketing of RCN, said: “Canal RCN has proven to have the capacity and production team made up of experts in making amazing and challenging formats, which is why we are very proud to bring back to our screen a format like ‘Survivor, la Isla de los Famosos’, which fits very well with our purpose of continuing to create entertaining content for the whole family.”
This latest deal follows recent news of a return of Survivor to the UK, with Remarkable Entertainment (a Banijay UK company) set to produce for BBC One and BBC iPlayer.
Survivor, a Banijay format created by Charlie Parsons, is one of the most watched reality entertainment formats around the world. Celebrating 25 years this year, (the format was first employed in 1997 in Sweden), the show has gone on to be ranked as the ‘Number 1 Best Reality Show of All Time’ by Variety. A total of 50 versions and more than 350 series have been commissioned around the world to date, and the CBS version of the show from the USA is currently airing its 43rd series.
The rules of Survivor are clear: contestants are divided in two tribes and fight in daily challenges for immunity and other advantages. After each immunity challenge, one team needs to see one of their own eliminated and on the way home. It is a tough competition and there is only one Survivor: the one that goes home with the title and the big award.