Banijay Takes On Alumni Lovers


Banijay has acquired the format rights to the South Korean dating format Alumni Lovers in France and the Netherlands.

The format invites singles who graduated from the same school to a special reunion, where they take a trip down memory lane on a series of themed dates. Banijay’s SimpelZodiak and Endemol France will represent Alumni Lovers in the Netherlands and France, respectively.

The show originally launched on MBC in South Korea last December.

Alumni Lovers is a beautifully romantic series, with a distinctive take on the dating genre,” said Helen Greatorex, head of format acquisitions at Banijay. “Fresh off the back of a successful launch in Korea, we anticipate interest building across the Netherlands and France given this title’s unique approach to the concept of finding love. With emotionally fuelled entertainment at its heart, this show is a brilliant and complementary addition to our burgeoning portfolio of dating formats.”

Jean Hur, director of format sales and co-development at MBC, added, “Alumni Lovers presents an innovative twist on the dating reality format, with a mixture of heartwarming and heart-wrenching moments, as the contestants take a nostalgic journey through their old school days together. With universality and relatability at its heart, we are confident this show will resonate with global audiences, and we are pleased to be partnering with Banijay to roll it across the Netherlands and France.”