Season Four of The Bachelor and Season Two of The Bachelorette won’t be produced by Endemol Shine Australia, with Warner Bros Television recently announcing it was setting up shop in Sydney.
Overseeing the productions will be Shaun Murphy who was the Executive Producer of the franchise at Shine.
It’s not the first time formats have changed hands with both MasterChef Australia and The Biggest Loser previously moving from FremantleMedia Australia to Shine. All 4 shows have been TEN network brands.
TEN’s Head of Factual and Entertainment Stephen Tate recently explained to TV Tonight what such changes mean to from a network perspective.
“It means we have to be very vigilant that we’re going to get the same production values and calibre of our department heads. We have contractual sign-off on all of those key positions. So we make sure we get the best possible people to continue working on the show,” he explained.
“We saw quite a few formats travel from Fremantle to Shine and we had to oversee that transition as well.
“Shine have done a magnificent the job on Bachelor, establishing it in this market. But the format is owned by Warners and they want to set up a production entity in Australia, so they have taken Bachelor and Bachelorette in-house.”