“Temptation Island” sees couples at a crossroads in their relationship embark on a journey to test their commitment. Separated in two different beach resorts, the couples interact with a group of singles to determine if their love is strong enough to withstand the challenges they will encounter on the island.
The format previously played nine seasons in France, last airing in 2019. Distributed globally by Banijay, it has been adapted in 26 countries including Italy, Germany, Finland and India.
Florence Fayard, CEO Banijay Productions France, said: “‘Temptation Island’ is a tried and tested global hit, enticing viewers around the world with its drama, emotional declarations, and conversation-inciting topics. At Banijay Productions France, we love to produce bold reality formats and we are very much looking forward to using our expertise in the genre to bring this exceptional IP back to France.”
UNIVERSAL MUSIC CHINA
Universal Music Group has renewed its multi-year distribution agreement with Tencent Music Entertainment Group, China’s largest online music conglomerate.
Under the agreement, Tencent Music continues to have access to UMG’s music catalogue for QQ Music, Kugou Music, Kuwo Music and WeSing. The partnership includes music streaming in Dolby Atmos and high-definition formats.
“UMG has been an invaluable ecosystem partner to TME with deep mutual trust. Our diverse user demographics, large subscriber base, extensive industry insights, and advanced technologies have positioned us as a standout partner of choice,” said Cussion Pang, executive chairman of TME.
“With our renewed focus on signing and supporting the best talent from across Greater China, we look forward to working together with TME to help create compelling new experiences for fans across all TME platforms, and to expand on the opportunities available to UMG’s family of artists in China,” said Adam Granite, UMG’s EVP of market development.
Chinese bureaucrat Feng Shixin is reported by local media to have left his post as head of the publication bureau chief at the Communist Party’s Central Propaganda Department. He is the official that was identified as last month proposing strict new regulations and revenue controls on the video games industry. The draft measures caught the market by surprise and wiped billions of dollars off the value of companies including Tencent and rival NetEase. Word of Feng’s apparent exit caused the shares of the two companies to make a modest recovery on Wednesday.
After a successful inaugural edition in June, 2023, the second Italian Doc Season returns to London’s Bertha DocHouse (Jan. 27-28) with a trio of acclaimed documentaries with the filmmakers in attendance. Valentina Cocogna and Mattia Colombo’s “Pure Unknown” revolves around Dr. Cristina Cattaneo’s autopsy room where unnamed migrant bodies, rejected by the Mediterranean Sea onto the shores of Italy, land and she raises concerns about their right to dignity. The film had festival play at Visions du Reel, Hot Docs and Karlovy Vary and won the audience award at Biografilm. Erik Gandini’s CPH: DOX and Hot Docs title “After Work” mulls the post AI workplace scenario via the experiences of its protagonists in Kuwait, South Korea, U.S. and Italy and explores what could be the new work ethic, compatible with a future ‘work free existence,’ with Elon Musk and Noam Chomsky weighing in. Mark Cousins‘ IDFA winner “The March on Rome” narrates the ascent of fascism in Italy and its fall-out across 1930s Europe through little-seen archive footage and cinematic analysis.
Dogwoof will release Rachel Ramsay and James Erskine’s Toronto and London-selected documentary “Copa 71,” executive produced by Serena Williams and Venus Williams and Alex Morgan, on March 8. Told by the pioneering women who participated in it and built from archive unseen for 50 years, the film tells the story of the 1971 women’s soccer World Cup, a tournament witnessed by record crowds that was written out of sporting history.