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MIPCOM ’17: Talpa unveils “The Voice Senior”, “Lost in Translation”

Talpa Media’s globetrotting format franchise, The Voice , is getting a new addition in September: The Voice Senior. At a press gathering in Cannes for parent company ITV, Talpa Global’s managing ...
October 16, 2017

Talpa Media’s globetrotting format franchise, The Voice , is getting a new addition in September: The Voice Senior.

At a press gathering in Cannes for parent company ITV, Talpa Global’s managing director Maartin Meijs revealed that the series is slated to launch in August of 2018 on RTL 4 in the Netherlands. Contestants for the latest edition of the franchise will be 65 years of age and older.

The initial four episode run will feature two blind auditions, one “knock-out” episode, and the finale.

The Voice Senior joins The Voice, currently airing in 67 local versions around the world, and The Voice Kids, which has approximately 40 versions globally. Talpa will be shopping the Senior series during MIPCOM.

The company is also stirring up attention for another new format. Lost in Translation, billed by Talpa as “the first ever global reality format,” places 12 contestants on a remote island, splits them into two groups of six, and tasks them with building a boat to get off the island, reach the mainland and find a $1,000,000 treasure.

The twist: each contestant in a group of six has a “language partner” in the other group, but all the other contestants speak different languages.

“The show will keep me on the edge of my seat from start to finish, watching eagerly how these 12 people manage to work together despite the extreme communication and cultural barriers, and I’ll want to know the outcome,” said Talpa Media Group head and format creator John de Mol (pictured) in a statement.

While production hasn’t yet started on the format, the aim is to have local versions for each participant’s home territory.

Elsewhere in the press conference, it was announced that ITV Studios Global Entertainment’s smash format Love Island will have a Swedish version on the way via TV4. Local versions are also being made for Germany, via RTL, and Australia, via Nine.

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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