ProSieben orders German version of “The Island”

Endemol Shine Group will begin production on a local version of the survival series (pictured) for ProSieben this summer, making Germany the fourth territory to pick up the format.
July 8, 2015

German network ProSieben has greenlit a local version of Endemol Shine Group’s survival format The Island (pictured).

Endemol Shine Germany will begin shooting the series this summer and it will premiere later in the year.

The deal marks the fourth territory to pick up the format since the original version aired in the UK on Channel 4 last year. The Shine TV and Bear Grylls Ventues-produced series has since been greenlit for a third season on that network.

France’s M6 also picked up the format and the Bear Grylls-fronted American version wrapped up its six-episode run on NBC this week with 3.4 million viewers tuning in to the season finale. According to Endemol Shine, the U.S. version reached a peak audience of 3.6 million.

In The Island, a group of men are challenged to survive on an uninhabited Pacific island for a month without basic necessities. Unlike other reality survival formats, there are no prizes, eliminations or winners. The second season of the series on Channel 4 introduced female participants, with men and women stationed on different islands.

During Realscreen West in Santa Monica last month, Endemol Shine USA’s president of unscripted TV Eden Gaha said that NBC took a real gamble in greenlighting the self-shot series.

“It’s quite a risk for a broadcast network to commission a show like that, particularly in a territory that has seen 30 seasons of Survivor,” said Gaha. “I think Bear Grylls is a very big part of that, but we also recognize that further development had to happen.”

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