French-language network Noovo, owned by Bell Media, has acquired the rights to adapt Banijay’s global hit reality competition format Survivor for French-speaking Canada.
The Noovo deal was negotiated by Jane Rimer, Banijay Rights’ SVP of Canada. “Survivor has been a global success story for the last three decades and we are proud to be working with Bell Media to bring this tour-de-force format to French Canadian viewers for the first time,” she said in a release.
Bell Media is working with Montreal-based ToRoS Productions on a local version of the series, with Banijay distributing the format globally.
Produced in 48 territories since its 1997 debut, Survivor helped launch the reality competition format on its way to becoming a global phenomenon. There are 24 productions confirmed for this year alone, making 2021 the format’s most successful so far.
“Noovo remains committed to providing audiences with high-quality content, large-scale deployment where Quebecers can identify themselves and take part at the event” said Suzane Landry, vice president, content development, programming and news for Bell Media. “With the acquisition of Survivor, we’re once again reaffirming our commitment and enhancing our already rich entertainment lineup.”
Noovo has had a streak of successful reality TV series over the years, including Occupation Double, L’amour est dans le pré and Big Brother Célébrités.