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ITV Australia preps New Zealand edition of “Love Island”

New Zealand’s commercial TV channel Three has commissioned a local version of ITV Studios and Motion Content Group’s romantic competition format Love Island. The format, already sold in 11 other territories, sees ...
March 4, 2019

New Zealand’s commercial TV channel Three has commissioned a local version of ITV Studios and Motion Content Group’s romantic competition format Love Island.

The format, already sold in 11 other territories, sees its contestants living a celebrity lifestyle in an island villa, all while looking for romance. They must pick a partner while winning over viewers who then vote on who stays on the show and who is eventually crowned the “hottest couple”.

Love Island NZ will be produced by ITV Studios Australia and marks the company’s first production for a New Zealand network.

The format is owned by ITV Studios and Motion Content Group. It is distributed internationally by ITV Studios Global Entertainment.

“Part of our ongoing strategy is to grow and develop production opportunities beyond Australia, with New Zealand being a key market for us in doing so,” said David Mott, CEO and managing director of ITV Studios Australia, in a statement. “For Love Island to be our first commission in the territory is really exciting and we can’t wait to start working with Three to make the series a hit there. Fans of the show are in for a real treat in 2019.”

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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