As part of its 2016 Upfronts announcement, Network Ten has confirmed it has commissioned a local version of reality juggernaut Survivor.
The family entertainment series will be set on a remote tropical island overseas and will launch on Ten in the second half of 2016.
A local version of Survivor last aired in Australia in 2002, that series was filmed on the coast of South Australia and widely mocked for its cheap production values. Ten will have to invest heavily to ensure similar mistakes are not made.
Network Ten Chief Programming Officer, Beverley McGarvey, said:
“Around the world, Survivor is synonymous with exciting, engaging, premium entertainment.
“Survivor pioneered the mainstream reality television genre almost 20 years ago and there is still no other show like it. It is firmly embedded in popular culture worldwide. We have wanted to create Australian Survivor for many years, so we are delighted and honoured to be able to bring this amazing show to viewers,” she said.
Survivor is the show that launched the reality genre of television programming and it continues to be the centrepiece of broadcasting schedules around the world. Part docu-soap, part competition, part human drama, Survivor is the world’s most talked- about television program. In the United States, Survivor is in its 16th year and the 31st US season launched in September this year on CBS to extremely strong ratings.
The Survivor format first launched with a Swedish local format version called Expedition Robinson, which debuted in 1997, and continues to broadcast every year. Survivor currently airs in most parts of the world. More than 50 different territories have made their own local format versions of this high-rating, multi-award-winning series.
Ms McGarvey said: “We look forward to adding Australian Survivor to our repertoire across all platforms and will commence casting this month.”
Australian Survivor will be produced for Network Ten by Endemol Shine Australia, in association with format creator Castaway Television Productions Ltd.
￼Format creator and MD of Castaway Television Productions Ltd, Charlie Parsons, said: “I am delighted that Network Ten has decided to make the Australian version of the show. I can't wait to see it!”
Endemol Shine Australia CEO, Mark Fennessy, said:
“There are few blockbuster formats which have enjoyed the same extraordinary success with audiences worldwide as Survivor.
“We’re truly excited to be working with Network Ten and Castaway in launching the authentic Australian Survivor in 2016.”
For information on how to be part of Australian Survivor, go here.