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CBS secures U.S. format rights to “Love Island”

CBS has secured the U.S. format rights to ITV Studios and Motion Content Group’s UK reality series, Love Island. Love Island features a group of single “islanders” who live together in a ...
August 8, 2018

CBS has secured the U.S. format rights to ITV Studios and Motion Content Group’s UK reality series, Love Island.

Love Island features a group of single “islanders” who live together in a lush villa in a beautiful tropical location while on the lookout for romance. The contestants must choose their partner wisely, and win the hearts of the public, who will ultimately crown one lucky couple the winners to walk away with a cash prize.

The U.S. version of the tropical dating format will be produced by ITV Entertainment.

“As a format, Love Island breaks the mold with high levels of viewer interactivity and participation that influence the content of the show in a way that’s extremely addictive,” said ITV America CEO David George in a statement. “It’s a cultural phenomenon that builds anticipation with every episode and creates appointment viewing – a pretty hard thing to do in today’s TV landscape.”

According to a release from ITV, the season four finale of the UK series aired last week to a record overnight audience, “ranking as the most-watched program ever on the UK’s ITV2 network, with almost half of all adult viewers under 34 tuning in throughout the series.”

The American adaptation of Love Island is executive produced by ITV America’s David George, Adam Sher and David Eilenberg. The series is based on the ITV Studios and Motion Content Group format, represented by Richard Foster and Chet Fenster, and distributed by ITV Studios Global Entertainment.

 

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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