Noovo reopens ‘Big Brother’ house
Quebec network Noovo has ordered a second season of reality format Big Brother Célébrités, which will be broadcast this winter.
Marie-Mai will return to host the series that sees famous faces all living under one roof and tacking challenges in order to reach the final, without being voted out the house.
The Quebec version of the series is produced by Entourage Télévision in collaboration with Bell Media, based on the globally popular format that is distributed by Banijay Rights.
Jane Rimer, SVP Canada, Banijay Rights, commented: “Reaching an agreement for a second season of format Big Brother Célébrités is an absolute thrill. We’re in no doubt that the show’s second outing will resonate with audiences across French Canada even stronger than the first.”
C4 remakes Israel’s ‘Little Mom’
UK broadcaster Channel 4 has commissioned comedy series Hullraisers, a local adaptation of Israeli show Little Mom.
Fable Pictures will produce the 6 x 30-minute British remake, which will be written by Lucy Beaumont and Anne-Marie O’Connor. Set in the English city of Hull, it follows the realities of life as working-class women juggling jobs, children, demanding friends, family and other parents. Leah Brotherhead, Taj Atwal and Sinead Matthews will head the cast.
The original series, Little Mom, is created and produced by Yoav Gross Productions for Channel 13 Israel and has been recommissioned for a fifth season. It is distributed worldwide by Dori Media.
“It’s an absolute privilege and honour to be working with one of the most talented and dynamic production companies in the UK, and Channel 4, who are absolutely killing it with comedy that raises the bar and pushes boundaries,” said Beaumont. “I’m so excited about showing the world these true Hull characters and the city that has moulded them – a city that has kept its talent and attributes hidden for too long!”
‘Love Island’ to rebut ITV’s shoppable TV
UK comcaster ITV is launching shoppable TV, a new service that will allow viewers to discover and order items that appear on its programmes, directly on screen.
Viewers will be able to access the shopping interface through the use of an LG remote, with the service set to launch during reality show Love Island on ITV2 with health and beauty retailer Boots announced as the first confirmed launch partner.
The interactive system uses AI technology from The Take, a contextual product discovery company. The Take’s technology is built directly into LG TV sets in the UK and is being used for the first time in this country by ITV.
Bhavit Chandrani, ITV’s director of digital and creative partnerships, said: “This is a unique commercial opportunity and the next natural step in what we can offer to brands.
“Love Island has been a fantastic platform for innovation in how we work with commercial partners over the past few years and is the perfect show to introduce shoppable TV before we roll it out across other programmes.”