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  1. Banijay Rights Confirms Big Brother Return in South Africa

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    Banijay Rights today confirms the return of Big Brother to Mzansi Magic in South Africa following a seven-year hiatus.


    Produced by Red Pepper Pictures, Big Brother Mzansi has started casting for a new season to launch on MultiChoice-owned Mzansi Magic in 2022, having last aired on the channel in 2015.


    Robin Pollok, VP Sales, Africa, Middle East, Greece & Israel, Banijay Rights, said: “Seven years have passed since Big Brother Mzansi last graced South African viewers’ screens and we couldn’t be happier to work with MultiChoice and Red Pepper Pictures to revive this global phenomenon, which continues to have an enduring appeal worldwide.”


    Nomsa Philiso, Executive Head of Programming, M-Net, added: “This year marks 20 years since the very first Big Brother on MultiChoice’s M-Net and we are excited to celebrate this milestone by commissioning a new Big Brother season, which will be housed under our Mzansi Magic stable. This is a show that has always delivered top ratings and entertainment value and our viewer and advertising partners can look forward to a stellar season of Big Brother.”


    Big Brother Mzansi hand-picks a group of strangers from all walks of life, sequesters them from the outside world, and places them inside a house outfitted wall-to-wall with cameras and microphones that capture their every move. Competing for a grand cash prize, each week the houseguests battle in a series of challenges, voting each other out until the fate of the final two are decided by a jury of fellow houseguests.


    The Big Brother format and finished programmes are represented internationally by Banijay Rights. In 2021, 31 productions of Big Brother aired in 21 markets, with nine VIP productions launching, including a first series run in French Canada and a high-profile comeback for Celebrity Big Brother in Australia. This year, Big Brotherlaunched for the first time in Mongolia, and seven regional productions of the format aired in India.

  2. Temptation Island Travels to South Africa

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    Banijay Rights today announces African streaming service Showmax has acquired social experiment relationship format, Temptation Island, for adaptation in South Africa.


    Temptation Island South Africa will be produced by Afrokaans Film & Television, with an order of 12 episodes set to launch later this year. This is the first international reality TV series format, to be licensed by the SVOD service owned by the MultiChoice Group. Afrokaans also produces the South African version of Banijay’s adventure reality format, Survivor, which is due to air its eighth season this summer.


    Robin Pollok, VP of Sales, Banijay Rights, comments: “We are excited to collaborate with Showmax and Afrokaans to develop a local adaptation of Temptation Island for South African viewers. The format has already captivated international audiences, as it centres on the universal theme of being at a crossroads in profound relationships, bringing them on an emotional journey with the ups and downs of any love relationship.”


    Temptation Island South Africa is going to be must-watch and must-tweet TV,” says Candice Fangueiro, Showmax’s Head of Content. “South Africans love reality TV; our audience has already devoured the first two seasons of Temptation Island USA so we’re confident there’s an appetite for more, especially when we add some uniquely South African spice.”


    With 25 local adaptations to date, including Spain, Italy, and the Netherlands, the highly anticipated Temptation Island USA series 3 premieres 16th February 2021 on USA Network. Presented by Mark Wahlberg, four new couples are packing up their emotional baggage and heading to Maui, Hawaii, for the ultimate test of their relationship. Joined by 24 sexy single men and women looking to find everlasting love, these couples must decide whether to commit to a lifetime together – or if they will ultimately give in to the temptation from the singles looking to find “the one.”  The US version of Temptation Island is executive produced by Banijay Studios North America’s David Goldberg, Dan Morando and Trifari Williams.

    Banijay Rights handles international distribution for both format and finished tape sales. For more information, please visit www.banijayrights.com.