Banijay to Take Reality Series The Hotel Global


Banijay has secured the global rights for the Argentinean reality competition series The Hotel.

Produced by Diego Guebel’s BOXFISH for Canal 13 in Argentina, where it is known locally as El Hotel, the competition reality series sees 16 celebrity contestants isolate themselves for four months in a luxury hotel on the outskirts of a city—but with one catch: the luxury establishment does not employ any staff.

At the start of each week, celebrities are drawn to determine who will be the ‘guests’ and who will become the ‘hotel staff.’ At the end of the week, an elimination duel will decide who leaves the Hotel before the final winner takes home a huge cash prize.

Banijay will represent the finished series and format globally (excluding Argentina, Spain and Brazil).

Lucas Green, global head of content operations at Banijay, said: “The Hotel is a colorful reality show featuring challenges with real jeopardy for celebrity contestants, keeping everyone on the edge of their seats. This series demonstrates the incredible breadth of Banijay’s multi-genre catalog of more than 135,000 hours—and we can’t wait to present it to potential buyers at MIPCOM.”

Guebel, president of BOXFISH, said: “The Hotel continues the successful collaboration between Banijay and BOXFISH, which has produced three seasons of MasterChef Celebrity in Argentina. We are once again thrilled to be working with such a renowned group, and we strongly believe The Hotel is a refreshing asset to its catalog, with great global potential for buyers in Cannes.”