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E! UK & Ireland acquires hit reality dating show Temptation Island from Banijay Rights. airing this summer on Sky


Sky and pop culture brand E! Entertainment Television has acquired Seasons One and Two of Temptation Island from Banijay Rights, for the UK and Ireland. Hosted by Mark L. Walberg and produced by Banijay Studios North America, the hit US series will follow four dating couples who test the strength of their relationships as they move to an exotic island alongside a group of sexy singletons in search of love. What could possibly go wrong? All episodes of Season One will be available from Sunday 4th August.

Temptation Island is the ultimate test of faithfulness, following four couples at a pivotal time in their relationships, where they must decide if they’re ready to commit to each other for the rest of their lives – or go their separate ways. Together, the couples travel to the tropical paradise of Hawaii, where they join 24 eligible men and women and live the ‘single life,’ in the ultimate test of commitment.

Zai Bennett, Managing Director of Content at Sky, said: “Temptation Island is addictive and unmissable, and we can’t wait to launch it on Sky this summer. If you’re a fan of reality TV and entertainment, then this is your next must-watch show.”

“Revived, revamped, relaunched and now recommissioned, Temptation Island is the definitive ratings-busting reality series, which pushed USA Network’s slot average up by 68%,” added Chris Stewart, Commercial Director, Scripted at Banijay Rights. “Putting couples to the ultimate test, the show provides equal parts drama and entertainment, and is sure to strike a chord with the reality-loving E! audience.”

Temptation Island is executive produced by Banijay Studios North America’s David Goldberg and Caroline Baumgard; Scott Jeffress also serves as executive producer. Season One consists of 11 one-hour episodes and Season Two consists of 13 one-hour episodes.

About Sky

With 23 million customers across seven countries, Sky is Europe’s leading media and entertainment company and is proud to be part of the Comcast group.

We have 31,000 colleagues and together we want to connect our customers to more of what they love, including our award-winning original productions, like Patrick Melrose and Save Me, and great shows from our partners including HBO, Showtime and Warner Bros. And our ever-improving technology makes it even easier for customers to watch more of the shows they love with personalised recommendations and voice control and, our online streaming service, NOW TV, brings all the enjoyment of Sky with the flexibility of a contract free service.

We treat our customers better than anyone else in our field, as Ofcom’s complaints data shows, and we look after our staff too. Sky is one of The Times Top 50 employers for women and we’re in Stonewall’s list of Top 50 LGBT-Inclusive employers.

We also use our position as the leading entertainment business in Europe to do the right thing. As part of Sky Ocean Rescue campaign, we’re committing to be completely single-use plastic free by 2020, we’re investing £25million over five years in ocean-saving tech and we’re supporting the WWF to protect our oceans with designated Marine Protected Areas.

About Banijay Rights

Banijay Rights is the international distribution division of Banijay Group, a leading creator and producer of TV content worldwide. Banijay Rights represents quality, excellence and experience in the business of television and ancillary sales across all platforms. It is one of the world’s biggest independent distributors, with a catalogue of more than 20,000 hours of globally best-selling content across all genres including drama, formats, factual, entertainment and theatrical. 50% of the catalogue is third party programming from independent producers and networks throughout the world.

About Banijay Studios North America

Banijay Studios North America opened its Los Angeles-based headquarters in April 2014, and creates original network, syndicated, and cable programming, as well as developing Banijay Group’s format hits for the U.S. market.

Respected television innovators David Goldberg and Caroline Baumgard, the executives who created, produced, and shepherded some of the most successful unscripted formats in the world, including Big Brother, two-time Emmy Award® winning series Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Deal or No Deal, Fear Factor, award-winning fan-favourite Wipeout, and the Emmy Award®-winning hit syndicated daytime series, Steve Harvey, have reunited to develop original content across multiple genres for the recently formed Banijay Studios North America (BSNA). The studio is a well-capitalized, creative company that further expands Banijay’s footprint in the U.S.

To date, the company has been responsible for Child Support for ABC and the reboot of Wife Swap for Paramount.

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