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.