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Endemol France nabs rights to Canadian format

Endemol France has snagged rights to remake the long-running Canadian dating format Double Occupancy. Double Occupancy is a dating show where groups of single men and women live in neighboring houses. ...
February 24, 2017

Endemol France has snagged rights to remake the long-running Canadian dating format Double Occupancy.

Double Occupancy is a dating show where groups of single men and women live in neighboring houses. The singles meet up at each other’s houses and go on adventures. The contestants have the opportunity to win prizes, including a home.

Created and produced by Productions J, the format was broadcast on Quebec commercial TV network TVA from 2003 to 2013, with an 11th season confirmed to air this October on Vtele.

The news comes at the heels of Media Ranch announcing plans to expand overseas with a new European office. The prodco recently appointed Tanja van der Goes to head up its Amsterdam locale.

Endemol France will be the first country to work on a foreign version of this Canadian format. According to Nichols Copperman, CEO of Endemol France, the intention is to expand its success story in France.

Double Occupancy is one of Canada’s biggest TV hits and we’re thrilled that Endemol France is the first international buyer of the format. They’re the perfect fit,” said Sophie Ferron, president of Media Ranch in a statement.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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