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ITVBe expands “Real Housewives” franchise with NBCUniversal’s Monkey

Free-to-air channel ITV Be has greenlit the latest installment of its Real Housewives franchise from NBCUniversal-backed indie Monkey. The Real Housewives of Jersey (10 x 60 minutes) will provide insight into the lavish lifestyles of ...
August 19, 2020

Free-to-air channel ITV Be has greenlit the latest installment of its Real Housewives franchise from NBCUniversal-backed indie Monkey.

The Real Housewives of Jersey (10 x 60 minutes) will provide insight into the lavish lifestyles of a group of housewives that call the British island home as they live it up on tranquil beaches and attend glamourous parties. Filming began this month.

The series, which will be known abroad as The Real Housewives of Jersey, UK, is executive produced by Monkey’s David Granger and Mike Swindells. It was commissioned by ITV’s Paul Mortimer, head of digital channels and acquisitions, and Amanda Stavri, ITV’s commissioning editor for factual entertainment.

NBCUniversal Formats distributes The Real Housewives franchise globally.

The commission follows the success of ITV Be’s award-winning reality series The Real Housewives of Cheshire. 

The Real Housewives of Jersey is set to launch on ITVBe and the ITV Hub later this year.

The Real Housewives of Jersey promises an equally fabulous cast in another aspirational location,” said ITV’s Mortimer in a statement. “We’re thrilled to welcome these ladies into the ITVBe family and know our audience will look forward to getting to know each of them over the course of their debut series.”

“It’s a fantastic opportunity to introduce the world to brand new Housewives and to see how their lives unfold in one of the most unique locations in the UK,” added Monkey’s Swindells.

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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