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Talpa and Studio Lambert team up to bring “Million Dollar Island” to U.S., UK

Talpa and Studio Lambert have announced the formation of a partnership in which Studio Lambert (The Circle, Undercover Boss) will produce the U.S. and UK editions of Talpa’s latest adventure ...
January 18, 2022

Talpa and Studio Lambert have announced the formation of a partnership in which Studio Lambert (The Circle, Undercover Boss) will produce the U.S. and UK editions of Talpa’s latest adventure reality show, Million Dollar Island.

The original Dutch version of the format just finished shooting in the Philippines and will air in the Netherlands on SBS6 in March. Amazon Prime in Holland will also have a day-and-date SVOD second window.

The series finds 100 people dropped on an uninhabited tropical island, where they must survive for two months. Each contestant is given a numbered bracelet worth $10,000 upon arrival, with the 100 bracelets worth a combined $1 million. Contestants gain and lose bracelets through challenges and duels, as well as getting them from contestants who quit — which any of them can do at any time, giving their bracelet (or bracelets) to one of the remaining competitors as they depart.

Million Dollar Island is a fascinating game of alliances, close friendships, secret pacts and other social strategies,” said Talpa founder and chairman John de Mol in a news release. “We were confident the format would work, but the intrigue, emotion and drama of the first episodes exceeded our expectations. We believe audiences in many territories will be compelled by the stories the format generates, and we know Stephen and his colleagues will do a brilliant job of making the show for both the American and British audiences.”

“John has created several of the world’s biggest and most successful formats, from Big Brother to The Voice, and we’re hugely excited about the prospect of making the first English-language versions of what we believe will be his next global hit,” added Stephen Lambert, founder and CEO of Studio Lambert.

Talpa and Studio Lambert are both represented in the U.S. by Creative Artists Agency, which will be marketing the U.S. edition of Million Dollar Island later this month.

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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