ITV’s Love Island heads to New Zealand

ITV Studios and Motion Content Group’s format Love Island has been commissioned by Three in New Zealand.

Love Island NZ will be produced by ITV Studios Australia, in what will be its first production for a New Zealand network.

In addition to launching the show in New Zealand in 2019, Three has also acquired the rights to the second series in Australia. The deal was brokered by ITV Studios Global Entertainment out of its Sydney office.

The format has now received 12 original commissions around the world, including in Belgium, The Netherlands, Sweden, Germany, Australia and CBS in the US.

Love Island is based on a format owned by ITV Studios and Motion Content Group and is distributed internationally by ITV Studios Global Entertainment.

David Mott, CEO and MD at ITV Studios Australia said: “Part of our ongoing strategy is to grow and develop production opportunities beyond Australia, with New Zealand being a key market for us in doing so. For Love Island to be our first commission in the territory is really exciting and we can’t wait to start working with Three to make the series a hit there. Fans of the show are in for a real treat in 2019.”

MediaWorks chief content officer, Andrew Szusterman, added: “Love Island takes the concept of ‘appointment viewing’ to a whole new level and has been smashing records on air along with creating unprecedented social media hype and audience engagement.”

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