“Couch Diaries” heads to Holland

Dutch pubcaster EO has licensed Armoza Format's Couch Diaries, with a local version set to be hosted by Klaas van Kruistum. (Pictured: The original version)
December 5, 2013

Dutch pubcaster EO has licensed Armoza Format’s Couch Diaries, with a local version set to be hosted by Klaas van Kruistum.

The Dutch adaptation will be shot only in Holland, unlike its Israeli predecessor (pictured above), which took participants and dropped them into strangers’ homes as they journeyed to Brazil, Poland and Japan.

Couch Diaries will air on Ned3 next summer and will be produced by a local production company, in partnership with Armoza and EO.

The factual entertainment format aims to give participants a 10-night transformational experience, as they have access to parallel lives of people via a couch sleepover. It originally aired on Israel’s HOT broadcaster.

The format was created by production house Artza and Armoza Formats.

The Couch Diaries is a very strong format that enables us to tell stories about life-changing experiences,” said Peter Beker, chief creative officer of EO Holland. “The search for real answers through encountering totally different and even opposite lifestyles and cultures, is a powerful element that affects the participants and the viewers.”

“We have always believed in Couch Diaries as an innovative and engaging format – using the global couch surfing trend to confront participants with situations that they would never otherwise encounters is a form of shock therapy that brings about transformational results,” added Avi Armoza, CEO of Armoza Formats.

“We are happy to see that it has proved just as engaging when the couch surfing takes place within the participant’s country of origin, just goes to further prove the strength of the format.”

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