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  1. First International Adaptation for Banijay’s No Strings Attached

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    Media and entertainment powerhouse, Banijay, today confirms Cuarzo Producciones, part of Banijay Iberia, will produce the first international adaptation of No Strings Attached (Sexo, Famosos y Muñecos de Trapo) alongside Flooxer for Atresplayer, the platform of the leading audiovisual group in Spain, Atresmedia.

    In this daring format, celebrities will read and voice the recreation of erotic fan fiction, set against the backdrop of scenes enacted with puppets. This intimate, mischievous, and sometimes surreal series, catapults well-known faces out of their comfort zone, for a night the celebrities, and the viewers, will never forget. Hosted by Valeria Ros, Atresplayer will release a new episode weekly, which will be available to premium users.

    Juan Ramón Gonzalo, Managing Director, Cuarzo Producciones, comments: “We loved the idea of getting celebrities hot under the collar and bringing them into the surreal world of adult fan fiction. Audiences can expect some hilarious reactions and awkward moments as our stars, and the puppets, bring these bedtime stories to life.”

    James Townley, Chief Content Officer, Development, Banijay adds: “No Strings Attached is side-splittingly funny and delivers unadulterated entertainment. A totally unique format, lifting the covers on the intriguing and mysterious world of erotic fan fiction, we are seeing strong international interest.”

    No Strings Attached was originally created in the UK by RDF Television for Channel 4. Cuarzo Producciones is a highly creative and experienced producer, from entertainment to reality, talk shows and documentaries. Its credits include Where is Marta? for Netflix, Trash or Treasure and Temptation Island.

  2. Spanish Stars Head Back to the Classroom in Banijay’s Celebrity School

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    Media and entertainment powerhouse, Banijay, today confirms Cuarzo Producciones, part of Banijay Iberia, will produce Celebrity School alongside Mediaset España for Telecinco.

    Hosted by Christian Gálvez, this entertainment show sees four celebrities compete against groups of elementary, middle, and high school-aged contestants in a series of games inspired by school subjects. With each round, the children get older and the questions are that bit trickier… Celebrity School will test the celebrities’ trivia and music knowledge, set physical challenges, and of course take them down memory lane. Will the celebrities or students come out victorious and walk away with a prize for their current schools or the charity of the celebrities’ choosing?

    Juan Ramón Gonzalo, Managing Director at Cuarzo comments: “This format is fun, light-hearted and generates conversation, as the viewers can all reflect on their time at school. Christian is the perfect host for the new series, and I can’t wait for the audience to see how the celebrities get on when they leave their glamourous lives and go back to school…”

    Lucas Green, Chief Content Officer, Operations at Banijay adds: “Celebrity School is an upbeat entertainment show where school meets fun. With a great reception from viewers in Europe and LATAM, this format is very adaptable in different markets, tapping into the universality of school experiences and celebrity culture.”

    Originally created by Brainpool (Banijay Germany), Celebrity School has enjoyed five seasons to date on Sat 1 and was also produced in Argentina in 2022. It was previously adapted in Spain for Valencian broadcaster À Punt in 2020, where the series was the best launch for an entertainment programme in the regional channel’s history.

  3. Banijay’s Trash or Treasure Expands in Iberia with Regional Version Set for À Punt TV

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    Banijay today announces Cuarzo Producciones, part of Banijay Iberia, will produce a new adaptation of popular primetime entertainment game show, Trash or Treasure (Tresor o Trasto).

    This latest version for Valencian broadcaster À Punt, will be the seventh international adaptation of the format, following a successful launch in Spain for Aragón TV in October.

    From jewellery to toys and modern collectibles, the studio-based show will see contestants put to the test, as they face a range of different objects, some extremely valuable, and others worth next to nothing. Will the contestants be able to identify the hidden treasure worth €10,000?

    Juan Ramón Gonzalo, CEO of Cuarzo Producciones says: “Trash or Treasure is a unique format, which captivates audiences who can’t help but play along. It was an absolute pleasure to bring the format to Spain last year, and we are extremely excited to build on its success with a new regional version for À Punt.”

     Lucas Green, Global Head of Content Operations at Banijay adds:Trash or Treasure is a fun and uplifting series that celebrates the skill of those in the field of collectibles. The format has enjoyed global success, which is testament to its adaptability and universality, and the talented teams around the world that bring each version to life.”

    Originally created by Banijay’s Mastiff TV in Sweden, the first adaptation of Trash or Treasure in Spain, which debuted in 2022, was the best launch of the season for broadcaster Aragón TV. Other versions include Germany, The Netherlands, Italy, and Sweden, where the latest season on TV4 hit its best ratings average since the show’s launch.

  4. Banijay’s Trash or Treasure Heads to Spain

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    Banijay today announces Cuarzo Producciones, a Banijay Iberia label, alongside Delrío Visual, will produce primetime entertainment game show, Trash or Treasure (Basura o Tesoro), for Aragón TV. Based on the original format from Banijay’s Mastiff TV in Sweden, Basura o Tesoro is the show’s sixth international adaptation.

    Well-known Spanish comedian, presenter, actor, and writer, Iñaki Urrutia, will host the show, where a pair of contestants will face 12 different objects. Set to walk away with the value of their chosen object, one by one, they must select which to discard. Designer furniture, antique toys, jewellery, stamps, dresses… Small details can make the difference between big money and worthless junk. Will the contestants be able to work out which is the hidden treasure, worth 5,000 euros? Joining the show each night will be antique dealer, David Maturén, who will share the interesting backstory of each item that is showcased and some tips on what to look out for.

    Juan Ramón Gonzalo, CEO of Cuarzo Producciones says: “Game shows are extremely popular in Spain, and Trash or Treasure offers a new and unique twist on the genre. With Iñaki Urrutia at the helm, we are set for an entertaining series which is sure to get audience members playing along at home and might even turn them into evaluation experts.”

     Lucas Green, Global Head of Content Operations at Banijay adds: “This game show has performed well in numerous European markets. It is light-hearted and fun, and showcases the expertise required in the field of collectibles. Trash or Treasure is a very adaptable and scalable format, so can meet individual broadcasters’ needs and is proving a very attractive proposition for the international market.”

    Originally created by Mastiff TV in Sweden, successful versions have already aired in territories such as Germany, The Netherlands, and Italy.  Sweden’s recent sixth season was also number one in its slot for TV4.

  5. Mediaset España Confirms Temptation Island Companion Show, The Last Temptation

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    Banijay today confirms Cuarzo Producciones, part of Banijay Iberia, is developing a brand-new companion show for the Spanish version of Temptation Island (La Isla de las Tentaciones). The Last Temptation (La Última Tentación), produced in collaboration with Mediaset España, will be recorded this summer.

     

    La Isla de las Tentaciones host, Sandra Barneda, will front The Last Temptation. Featuring well-known faces from the first three seasons of the main show, they are joined by their current partners to talk about their relationships and put the strength of their love to the test. Was the decision they made at the final bonfires the right one? Is their current partner the ultimate one? Or will they fall back into temptation?

     

    Lucas Green, Global Head of Content Operations at Banijay says: Temptation Island is the ultimate relationship test which continues to grip audiences around the world. The format is ever-evolving, and this latest iteration illustrates the enduring strength of the show. We’re giving fans more of what they love, as well as greater scope to open up meaningful conversations about fidelity and trust.”

     

    Juan Ramón Gonzalo, Managing Director of Cuarzo Producciones comments: “The show has got everyone talking and the buzz generated has grown with each new series. We’re excited to build on the success of the show and The Last Temptation is the perfect vehicle for the audience to re-connect with those whose lives we all became invested in.”

     

    Jaime Guerra, Production Director of Mediaset España says: “The three editions of Temptation Islandshown so far, have managed to attract more and more viewers with unprecedented numbers among young audiences on Spanish TV in the last 20 years. Because of that, we have decided to go one step further by creating and developing this new version with Cuarzo Producciones, which will add interesting surprises about the original format. We trust that The Last Temptation will maintain, or even increase the success it has gained inside the Spanish audience and that will spread to other territories.”

     

    The third season of the Spanish adaptation of Temptation Island closed in March as not only the most viewed format in the country, with a 26.3% share and an average audience of 3.1 million, but also the most followed by young people in the last 20 years. Leading its timeslot with more than a 17-point advantage, La Isla de las Tentaciones hit 33.4% in the commercial target compared to its competitor’s 6.7%.

     

    This year marks 20 years since the social experiment relationship format Temptation Island first hit screens. With 25 local adaptations to-date, the show continues to be a ratings success from Spain to the US, where the latest series increased channel share by 90+%, Germany, Italy and beyond. Earlier this year, Banijay Rights announced African streaming service Showmax has acquired the title for its first ever adaptation in South Africa.

     

    Temptation Island is a Banijay format and is distributed globally by Banijay Rights.

  6. Cuarzo Producciones Lifts Lid on ¿Te Lo Vas a Comer? Season 2

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    Cuarzo Producciones, a Banijay Group company, today confirms the second season of ¿Te lo vas a Comer? (Are You Going to Eat It?) is set to return to Spain’s La Sexta.

     

    ¿Te lo vas a Comer? Is a factual entertainment show in which popular chef Alberto Chicote (Top Chef, Kitchen Nightmares) investigates criticisms from members of the public regarding the food quality and hygiene and safety standards exhibition by food services across Spain.

    The recommission follows a healthy first season, which averaged 1.9 million viewers and served as La Sexta’s best launch in four years, with a slot average increase of 75%.  In season two, Chicote will explore the culinary worlds of disabled centres, universities, the military, schools and elite sport centres amongst others.

     

    ¿Te Lo Vas a Comer? was commissioned by La Sexta. The series is executive produced by Cuarzo Producciones’ Juan Ramón Gonzalo and Margarita Luis, and distributed by Banijay Rights.

     

    Juan Ramón Gonzalo comments: ¿Te lo vas a Comer? had a fantastic performance in its first series. Breaking recent network records, it captured the attention of our food-loving nation and season two promises to bring further surprises as we lift the lid on the food standards and quality at a host of other institutions.”

  7. Temptation Island Travels to Spain

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    Cuarzo TV, a Banijay Group company, and Mediaset España, today announce the first Spanish remake of Temptation Island La Isla de las Tentaciones, based on the Banijay Rights-owned format.

     

    La Isla de las Tentaciones 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 an island, where they join 20 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.

     

    Juan Ramón Gonzalo comments: “Temptation Island has long been a key format in the Banijay catalogue, and we have no doubt it will resonate with our audiences here in Spain. With love and drama at the heart of the show, it has all the elements of a primetime hit.”

     

    La Isla de las Tentaciones will be executive produced by Cuarzo TV’s Juan Ramón Gonzalo and directed by Hugo Tomás.

     

    The Spanish commission follows a raft of significant global sales that have now been secured for the format.  In New Zealand, national broadcaster TVNZ has commissioned Screentime New Zealand to produce a local version for its VOD platform, while in the Netherlands, RTL Nederland has picked up the finished tape version of the show for its VOD service Videoland.

     

    Moving to Germany, Banijay Productions Germany will produce the hotly anticipated remake, jointly commissioned by RTL and TV NOW, for Mediengruppe RTL’s VOD service.  With the local production of Temptation Island already in its fifth season on Nelonen, the Finnish commercial channel has also acquired the US finished tape.

     

    Meanwhile, a Canadian sale for the US reboot of the series was announced at the beginning of the year. Sold to Canada’s number one content creation company, Bell Media, the series aired on the business’ top-rated channels, including E! Entertainment, where it premiered, CTV’s network, and the leading Canadian SVOD service, Crave. The sales follow the recent success of Banijay Studios North America’s Temptation Island on USA Network, where it was revived, revamped and relaunched to 1.36 million viewers.