Abbott, who recently appeared on ABC’s Reality Check, has a long-term working association with Hopkins, collaborating on three seasons of Big Brother for TEN. Abbott was exec producer for the first three seasons while Hopkins worked on seven seasons, rising to supervising producer and live series producer.
Abbott has more than 30 years production experience in Australia, notably co-founding Freehand and having two stints at Beyond Productions as well as several years at Seven and Southern Star. His credits also include Dancing with the Stars and Top Gear Australia.
Hopkins also worked as a producer on the UK version of I’m A Celebrity where it has had 13 seasons, with her other credits including Talkin’ ‘bout Your Generation, The Contender, Minute to Win It, The Great Australian Bake Off and Meet The Frockers.
Stephen Tate, Head of Entertainment and Factual Programming, is executive producer for TEN.
The series, to be filmed in Africa, will air in 2015.