TF1 takes reality competition Big Bounce Battle
France broadcaster TF1 has commissioned Endemol Shine France to create the first international version of the entertainment format Big Bounce Battle.
The reality competition sees contestants race the clock, and gravity, as they try to conquer trampoline obstacle courses as fast as they can. The trampoline tracks become increasingly difficult as the series progresses, testing speed, strength, balance and timing, as the competitions battle it out to the final to claim victory and a cash prize.
Originally created by Endemol Shine Netherlands, Big Bounce Battle (pictured) was co-developed with Endemol Shine Germany for RTL, who inked a second series of the show in April following its debut in January.
The French series will use the same set and studios as Big Bounce Battle Germany and is set to go into production later this year.
Bumble founder joins Imagine Entertainment board
Whitney Wolfe Herd, CEO and founder of social networking app Bumble and a co-founder of the dating app Tinder, has joined Ron Howard and Brian Gazer’s Imagine Entertainment as a non-voting member of the board.
Wolfe Herd joins fellow board members Tom Freston, Jeff Sagansky, Michael Lynton and Richard Rosenblatt.
Since its launch, Bumble has grown to more than 35 million users in 160 countries. Wolfe Herd was named one of TIME magazine’s 100 Most Influential People and on Forbes “30 Under 30″ list.
“As we continue to evolve and grow Imagine, we wanted to add someone to the board who would bring a fresh and original perspective – someone who thinks completely differently than we do but at the same time understands the value of human connection and story-telling. Whitney brings relevancy and a fresh perspective to our business,” said Grazer in a statement.
Imagine recently expanded into the documentary and branding space with the launch of Imagine Documentaries, and recently opened the application process to its global content accelerator program, Imagine Impact.
The Real Housewives head to South Africa
The long-running reality show format The Real Housewives is heading to South Africa.
Titled The Real Housewives of Johannesburg and produced by local South African indie RHOSA, the 12 x 60-minute series will mark the first official version of the show on the African continent. The series will provide insight into the world of six affluent Johannesburg-based women and their opulent lifestyles by following the highs and lows of each.
The localized adaptation will premiere on M-Net’s newly rebranded channel, 1 Magic, in August.
The Real Housewives of Johannesburg is the latest addition to the franchise, which launched in 2006 with The Real Housewives of Orange County. Since its launch, there have been nine U.S. versions of the series, and international versions including Cheshire, which is in its seventh series on ITVBe in the UK, and Melbourne, which is in its fourth season on ABC’s Arena in Australia.