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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.

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Managing editor with realscreen publication, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Darah is an award-winning journalist who has spent over two decades covering a wide range of issues from real estate and urban development to immigration, politics and human rights, primarily with The Vancouver Sun. Prior to joining realscreen, she was editor of Stream Daily, realscreen's sister publication covering the dynamic global digital video industry. She also served a stint as a war reporter in Afghanistan for television and print, and was a national business blogger with Yahoo Canada.

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