Endemol’s Big Brother Makes Comeback On Five

Channel 5 has confirmed that Endemol reality hit, Big Brother, will return to British television screens later this year. The deal with Endemol UK, will see Channel 5 hold the exclusive rights to the series in a two-year deal. The new incarnation of Big Brother, which first came to fame in the UK on Channel 4, will commence with a celebrity version later this summer followed by a new series featuring members of the public. The series will be filmed in its original home of Elstree Film Studios, by Endemol production arm Initial.

Big Brother is one of the world”s most successful television brands having had 19 series aired across 81 territories in 2010. Jeff Ford, Channel 5 Director of Programmes said: “We”re hugely excited to have secured the return of Big Brother for Channel 5 which will form a key part of this year”s schedule. The series has previously captivated a decade of television viewers and we aim to bring Channel 5”s energy, optimism and vibrancy to the series.”

Endemol UK CEO Tim Hincks added: “Big Brother has a passionate and loyal fan base in the UK and I”m delighted it has found a new home on Channel 5. Ten years on it”s as potent and cutting edge as ever and it”s still one of the only truly multiplatform entertainment brands.” Five”s Head of Factual Entertainment, Steve Gowans, will oversee the new series. At Initial, the series will be overseen by Creative Director Nick Samwell-Smith and MD Laurence Jones.

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