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‘Love Island’ returns with record viewers despite recent controversy

The fifth series of ITV2’s Love Island has launched with 3.3m viewers — its most-watched launch to date — despite recent controversy surrounding the programme. The hit format, in which singles are coupled up in a villa in Mallorca for eight weeks, won the 9pm slot with a 18.5% share and peaked with 3.7m — […]

‘Love Island’ reveals key changes to contestant duty of care

ITV has outlined new duty of care processes for contestants in its hit reality series Love Island, including therapy sessions, social media and financial training, and a minimum of 14 months of ‘proactive’ contact after the series. The move comes amid heightened concern about the impact of reality shows on participants’ mental health, and follows […]

CBS ‘Love Island’ reboot heads to Canada

Canadian broadcaster CTV has picked up rights to the US reboot of Love Island. The channel has acquired exclusive multi-platform Canadian rights to the forthcoming CBS show via a deal with ITV Studios Global Entertainment. The stripped dating competition is to anchor CTV’s summer schedule, building out its unscripted offerings, which include the likes of […]

‘Love Island’ set for remake in Hungary with RTL

Reality format Love Island is to be remade in Hungary this year, taking its total number of original commissions around the world to 13. The ITV Studios and Motion Content Group format will launch in Hungary on RTL Klub this year, where it will be produced by Paprika. Meanwhile MTV3 has also confirmed it will […]

Aftercare or afterthought?: Unpacking duty of care on youth-skewing formats

With TV’s biggest entertainment format facing backlash over its aftercare practices, do casting directors and producers need to re-examine duty of care for youth-targeting formats? Manori Ravindran investigates In a competitive entertainment landscape that finds channels jostling for the coveted 16-34 demographic, youth-skewing formats are among the toughest to cast – and, as evidenced by […]

ITV responds to ‘Love Island’ backlash with bolstered aftercare

ITV has said it is extending its “support processes” for Love Island contestants following the suicide of 2017 cast member Mike Thalassitis.  The channel released a lengthy statement on Tuesday (19 March) highlighting that it is retooling its aftercare process following a recently concluded six-month review. “This review has led us to extend our support processes to offer […]

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 […]

ITV’s Love Island heads to Belgium, the Netherlands & Poland

ITV Studios and Motion Content Group hit format Love Island will be adapted in Belgium and Poland in 2019. In Belgium, SBS has licensed the format and will co-produce with RTL in the Netherlands. This will feature Islanders from both countries and be co-produced by Lecter Belgium and ITV Studios Netherlands. Elsewhere, Polsat has ordered […]

Love Island US details emerge as ITV’s War of the Worlds sells globally

US broadcaster CBS is expected to stay loyal to ITV Studios’ hit format Love Island, which is intended to lead a brand refresh for the network when it launches in summer 2019.  The format was highlighted by ITV Studios in Cannes on Monday (15 October) as it held court in its container-built stand outside the Grand […]

CBS buys US format rights to Love Island

The cultural phenomenon that is Love Island is set to get a US makeover after CBS secured the US format rights for the reality series. The deal comes after Love Island became ITV2’s most popular ever programme this summer, breaking out into the mainstream as interest in the show ballooned. The season four finale aired this summer to a record […]