Exclusive: Endemol denies Celebrity Big Brother Ireland reports
Endemol Shine UK has denied selling the Celebrity Big Brother format in Ireland following claims that TV3 is working on its own version of the show.
At the weekend, The Sun’s Irish edition reported that production company Coco Television – for which BB1’s Anna Nolan works as its Head of Development – had acquired the rights to remake CBB with stars from the Emerald Isle.
TV3, which already airs Channel 5’s UK version, was said to be interested in commissioning a local adaptation as a rival to RTE’s Dancing With The Stars.
However, Endemol Shine – the creators of the Big Brother format – have rubbished the claims.
Speaking to bbspy, an Endemol rep said that The Sun’s story is “not accurate”.
To make an Irish Big Brother, TV3 and/or Coco would need to agree a licensing deal with Endemol Shine, which distributes the format internationally.
But it’s thought that Channel 5 may already hold the production rights for Ireland, as Irish citizens are able to audition for its ‘civilian’ editions of the show.
An Irish Big Brother is also considered unlikely due to high costs. In 2014 it was reported that Endemol charges C5 £20million per series.
While it may not be getting its own version, TV3 will remain BBUK’s Irish home for the next two years as part of a long-term deal.
All BBUK programming now airs on the broadcaster’s digital channel 3e after it revamped its channels in January.