Banijay Studios North America’s U.S. reboot of Temptation Island has sold to Bell Media in Canada.
In Canada, Temptation Island will air on the E! Entertainment channel, CTV’s network and digital platforms and SVOD service Crave. The 11-episode U.S. revival will premiere later this month on USA Network and simulcast on E! in Canada, following on CTV and Crave. Mark L. Walberg, the host of the original Temptation Island that premiered in 2001, is returning to host the reboot.
Andreas Lemos, VP of North American sales and acquisitions at Banijay Group’s distribution arm, Banijay Rights, said: “In Banijay Studios North America’s expert hands, the hugely successful Temptation Island formula has been updated and expanded for USA Network to become must-see—and must-tweet—TV for a whole new generation. We are thrilled that our Canadian day and date partners for the U.S. episodes will be Bell Media—across not only E! but also CTV, Canada’s top-rated network, and SVOD platform Crave—meaning that the show will receive the most extensive and multi-dimensional exposure possible.”
Mike Cosentino, president of content and programming at Bell Media, added: “In today’s social media savvy world, it’s perfect timing for the return to television of Temptation Island, our new tent pole program for E! this winter. It will surely provide can’t miss storylines and drama. We look forward to introducing the series to even more audiences on CTV stations and our top streaming service, Crave.”