South African pay TV broadcaster M-Net has commissioned a local version of ITV Studios’ hit relationship format Love Island.
Local production company Rapid Blue will work on the South African adaptation, the 20th local version of the format commissioned around the world.
The first season will be recorded in the country’s Western Cape and will launch in late February on M-Net 101 on DStv.
Maarten Meijs, president of global entertainment at ITV Studios, adds: “The multi-channel phenomenon is having a fantastic year, travelling the world at a rapid pace. This is the second version on the African continent, following the Nigerian acquisition earlier this year, and we can’t wait to see how this local adaptation will find its way to the South African viewers.”
Love Island features a group of singletons who come together in a stunning villa to embark on a summer of friendships and relationships. Every few days, the Islanders must couple up and those who fail to find a partner risk being evicted.
The format is owned by ITV Studios and Motion Content Group and is distributed internationally by ITV Studios.
Media and entertainment investment and management group Digital Play Nigeria has acquired ITV Studios’ reality format Love Island, bringing the format to Africa for the first time.
The deal was announced during the ITV Studios Fall Festival that took place this week in London.
The show will be recorded and produced in Nigeria and the first season will air on Television Continental (TVC) for terrestrial broadcast and on 9 Vision Media for digital.
UK-based production and distribution company ITV Studios created the dating reality show.
According to Maarten Meijs, president of global entertainment at ITV Studios: “Within ITV Studios, we vest a high number of iconic and powerful formats with a lot of staying power. Our partners know where to find us and together we are able to supersize our biggest brands in their local markets.”
TVC is a broadcast TV station in Lagos, Nigeria that provides entertainment, talkshows and news. 9 Vision Media Group is a mobile telecoms operators that has added content to its list of services, delivered via the internet to mobile devices and free TV set-top boxes.