Amazon Prime Video France is to air a French version of ITV2’s Love Island.
“Love Island has been an incredible success around the world and since 2015 in the UK, so we’re incredibly excited to be able to bring the show exclusively to Prime members France on Prime Video next year. The show is incredibly ambitious with episodes filmed, edited and delivered to customers on a daily basis so that they can be part of influencing the drama in real time, by voting on who should stay and who should leave the villa through the Love Island app. Around the world this is the most talked-about show on TV right now, so we’re thrilled to be working with ITV Studios France to bring the highest quality version of this hit show to Prime members in France very soon.” – Georgia Brown, Director of European Amazon Original Series, Amazon Studios.
Based on a format owned by ITV Studios and Motion Content Group, Love Island, is described as a ‘unique unscripted French Amazon Original series – a dating show like no other.’
The series will be filmed and edited in real-time with daily episodes released every evening so the TV audience can play a key role in the story that plays out through voting in an interactive app. The French version will launch exclusively as an Amazon Original TV series on Prime Video in 2020, and will be available to view at no extra cost to a Prime membership.
The show will follow a group of single islanders who descend on a luxurious villa in South Africa before having the opportunity to couple-up with someone they are attracted to. Housemates will have to select their partners wisely and win over the viewers because Prime members will vote to choose who stays on the island and who leaves through a dedicated Love Island app.
In a month full of challenges and dramatic twists, the Islanders will couple up, dump, re-couple and form alliances as relationships are made and broken in an effort to win a big cash prize by being the last couple standing. And the drama doesn’t end there; only one of the couple will be offered the cash prize, and have to decide whether they choose to share it with their new found partner.
“Love Island is also the number one entertainment app in eight territories; has had four billion social impressions and has 1.5 billion views on Love Island Global YouTube channels.” – ITV Studios
This year, ITV2 aired its fifth series and announced that it will show two series in 2020, while Love Island has also successfully launched stateside where it is also set to return next year – as well as in Belgium, Netherlands, Poland and Hungary. It has run for three series in Germany, two in Australia and Finland and has also been commissioned in Sweden, Denmark, Norway and New Zealand.
The series however isn’t without controversy with two former contestants having committed suicide. Mike Thalassitis, 26, was found hanged in woods in North London in March this year and 32-year-old Sophie Gradon killed herself in June 2018. An investigation by The Sun revealed that since the mid-1980s nearly 40 former reality show contestants had taken their own lives in the UK after appearing on various programmes on a number of channels.
“Love Island is finally coming to France and it is great news! This hit format from the ITV Studios and Motion Content Group is a real social phenomenon in the UK, where it unleashes passions and sees its ratings beat record after record each season. From Australia to the United States and Germany, Love Island successfully travels the world and we are proud to produce the French version for Amazon Prime Video. This is our first collaboration with Amazon Prime Video this very innovative partner, who has great ambitions, particularly in France. We are delighted to support them in their development by launching Love Island on their innovative and ambitious platform, making this the first interactive dating show aired in real time.” – Franck Firmin-Guion, ITV Studios France President.
Love Island is an Amazon Studios and ITV Studios France production and will be available exclusively on Prime Video in France, in 2020.