African SVOD Showmax moves into reality formats with ‘Temptation Island’

Temptation Island

South African streamer Showmax is moving into reality formats with a local adaptation of Banijay’s Temptation Island, marking the SVOD’s first-ever international deal.

Temptation Island South Africa will be produced by Afrokaans Film & Television, with an order of 12 episodes set to launch later this year.

The deal, struck via Banijay Rights, marks the first international reality TV format to be licensed by the SVOD service, which is owned by 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.

Candice Fangueiro, Showmax’s head of content, said: “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.”

Robin Pollok, VP of sales at Banijay Rights, added: “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 now has 25 local adaptations to date, including Spain, Italy, and the Netherlands. The US version, which is into its third season, premiered yesterday on USA Network.

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