Endemol are preparing to welcome Big Brother back to a number of places around the world.
Despite some setbacks around the world, Big Brother had its strongest ever year, Endemol Shine Chief Creative Officer Peter Salmon confirmed.
Israel have confirmed that a second edition of Big Brother will air in 2019, after a revival last year. It was a ratings hit for Reshet with the finale scoring an average share of 19.7% and the season averaging 17.4%. As well as a regular edition of the show, a celebrity edition aired earlier this year for 50 days.
Amir Ganor, CEO of Endemol Shine Israel said, “Big Brother is a strong reality format and we are incredibly proud that this show remains at the forefront of entertainment television in Israel. Both recent series have delivered excellent ratings and social engagement, proving that the format’s pure premise and round the clock storytelling remains as relevant and fascinating as ever.”
Elsewhere, Big Brother’s return is imminent in Poland after a 10 year gap and later on in Finland, after being absent for five years.
In the UK, despite being axed by Channel 5 hours before the nineteenth series launched in September last year, it was a popular year for the format.
Big Brother aired in 14 territories, with 26 editions being produced, as well as 8 Celebrity editions.
Talking to Deadline, Peter Salmon said “Twenty years young this year, Endemol Shine’s producers continue to evolve the evergreen format. Whether that’s through live streaming on YouTube in Spain, using cutting edge tech in a brand new BB house in Poland when it returns next week, or earning that richly-deserved series renewal in Israel. Big Brother is a global icon because it’s timeless and provides cut through for our partners.”