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  1. Noovo, Banijay Rights Strike Deal to Launch Survivor in French-Speaking Canada

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    Noovo today announces it has acquired the rights to adapt the world-famous Banijay reality competition Survivor for French Canada.

    Produced in 48 territories since its launch in 1997, the show is one of the biggest television phenomena of the past 25 years. This year is the format’s most successful to-date with 24 productions confirmed.

     The Noovo deal was negotiated by Jane Rimer, SVP of Canada, at Banijay Rights.Survivor has been a global success story for the last three decades and we are proud to be working with Bell Media to bring this tour-de-force format to French Canadian viewers for the first time,” said Rimer.

    “Noovo remains committed to providing audiences with high-quality content, large-scale deployment where Quebecers can identify themselves and take part at the event” said Suzane Landry, Vice-President, Content Development, Programming and News, Bell Media. “With the acquisition of Survivor, we’re once again reaffirming our commitment and enhancing our already rich entertainment line-up.”

     Survivor features participants trying to survive in remote nature settings. They must get their own food, start a fire for comfort and build safe shelters. All while competing in endurance, skill and mental challenges or solve riddles. Every week one survivor will be voted off until a winner is crowned by exiled contestants.

    Bell Media is working with ToRoS productions on a local version of this successful TV show in order to create a programme that resonates with Quebec viewers. Banijay distributed the format globally.

    Noovo has had a streak of successful reality TV shows over the years placing it far above its competitors. From “Occupation Double,” toBig Brother Célébrités” andL’amour est dans le pré,” the channel has skillfully exploited its niche. “Big Brother Célébrités,” which aired last winter, was the #1 reality TV series in its market in Q2. “Occupation Double dans l’Ouest” generated an all-time high of over 20 million views on Noovo.ca and was a huge on-air success with a 29% market share among adults 25-54 years olds every week.

    More details will be shared soon.

  2. Big Brother Célébrités to Return for a Second Season on Noovo

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    Following the tremendous success of its first year, Big Brother Célébrités will return to Noovo for a second season this winter. Marie-Mai will also be back to host the dramatic elimination episodes. Expect the unexpected once again!

    “We’re extremely proud of the audience response to Big Brother Célébrités! The new addition to Noovo’s programming became the most-watched show on the channel last year,” explains Mélanie Bherer, General Manager, Variety, Lifestyle and Documentary, for Bell Media. “It definitely made a splash during its first season, and we’re confident that viewers will be eagerly looking forward to the return of this TV phenomenon.”

    The houseguests in the reality show’s first edition crowned comedian Jean-Thomas Jobin as the winner. Demonstrating excellent strategic skills, he made it all the way to the end playing an almost perfect game. The public, meanwhile, fell in love with Richardson Zéphir and awarded him the Favourite Houseguest award.

    While living under one roof, the players must win various challenges in order to reach the final. Their psychological, physical and social abilities are put to the test as they seek to gain and accumulate special privileges and avoid eviction from the house. At the end, a handful of competitors are named as finalists, but only one can earn the coveted title of Big Brother Célébrités winner, following a vote by the evicted houseguests.

    The Big Brother format and finished programs are represented internationally by Banijay, with over 60 adaptations and broadcast in more than 80 countries with over 470 seasons and nearly 30,000 episodes.

    The Quebec version is produced by Entourage Télévision in collaboration with Bell Media. The deal was agreed by Banijay Rights.

    Jane Rimer, SVP Canada, Banijay Rights, adds: “Reaching an agreement for a second season of Big Brother Célébrités is an absolute thrill.  We’re in no doubt that the show’s second outing will resonate with audiences across French Canada even stronger than the first.”

    Which celebrities will be entering the enormous Big Brother Célébrités house in January? You’ll have to wait a few more months to find out!

  3. Banijay Rights Announces Sale of Temptation Island

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    Banijay Rights, the leading distribution arm of Banijay Group, today announces a Canadian sale for the US reboot of classic reality series, TEMPTATION ISLAND. Sold to Canada’s number one content creation company, Bell Media, the series will air on the business’ top-rated channels, E! Entertainment Specialty channel, CTV’s network, which includes its digital platforms, as well as its leading Canadian SVOD service, Crave.

     

    The 11-episode US revival, TEMPTATION ISLAND, produced by Banijay Studios North America for USA Network, will premiere later this month. Hotly anticipated by audiences in North America, the show will now also simulcast in Canada, premiering on E!, and following on CTV’s networks, and prestige SVOD platform Crave, allowing Canadian audiences to enjoy the revival however and wherever they want. Mark L. Walberg, who hosted the original series that premiered in 2001, is set to return as host.

     

    Andreas Lemos, VP of Sales (North America) & Acquisitions at Banijay Rights, said: “In Banijay Studio North America’s expert hands, the hugely successful TEMPTATION ISLAND formula has been updated and expanded for USA Network to become must-see – and must-tweet – TV for a whole new generation. We are thrilled that our Canadian day and date partners for the US episodes will be Bell Media – across not only E! but also CTV, Canada’s top-rated network, and SVOD platform Crave – meaning that the show will receive the most extensive and multi-dimensional exposure possible.”

     

    “In today’s social media savvy word, it’s perfect timing for the return to television of TEMPTATION ISLAND, our new tent pole program for E! this Winter” said Mike Cosentino, President, Content and Programming, Bell Media. “It will surely provide can’t miss storylines and drama. We look forward to introducing the series to even more audiences on CTV stations and our top steaming service, Crave.”

     

    TEMPTATION ISLAND is the ultimate test of faithfulness, following dating couples at a pivotal time in their relationship, where they must mutually decide if they are ready to commit to one another for the rest of their lives — or should go their separate ways. Together, the couples travel to the tropical paradise of Maui, Hawaii, where they join 24 eligible men and women. There, they live the “single life,” in a test that is meant to help answer their most difficult questions about their relationship.

     

    The US version of TEMPTATION ISLAND is executive produced by Banijay Studios North America’s David Goldberg and Caroline Baumgard; Scott Jeffress also serves as executive producer.