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John de Mol Launches ‘The Voice Senior’ and Multi-Language Series ‘Lost in Translation’

New "The Voice" spin-off is for over-65s and will launch in the Netherlands

The man behind “Big Brother” and “The Voice” is launching a new multi-language, multi-territory unscripted show in which groups of people who do not speak the same language must work together to escape a desert island and retrieve a $1 million treasure chest.

De Mol’s Talpa has also worked up a new version of “The Voice” for over 65s. “The Voice Senior” will launch in the Netherlands on RTL next year and Talpa is in Cannes at Mipcom looking to get more deals done for the format.

It will launch on RTL4 in the Netherlands next year, Talpa Global boss Maarten Meijs said in Cannes. “Given the success of ‘The Voice Kids,’ which has close to 40 versions, we are excited and hopeful that this will a very good companion [for ‘The Voice’].” There are 67 local versions of the main “The Voice” format.

Meijs told Variety that Talpa wants to start production of the first “Lost in Translation” next year. The format see two groups of six meet on a tropical island. Each group comprises six people who only speak their native language, meaning they cannot readily communicate.

There is another person in the other group that speaks the same tongue – their “language partner” – and as one 12-person group they must work together to overcome the survival challenges, and to find the treasure.

Talpa is owned by U.K. broadcaster ITV, which also had format news at the market. It has got a version of hit U.K. reality series “Love Island” away in Sweden with free to air broadcaster TV4. The series has couples living together, and dating one another, and was the surprise hit of the summer on ITV2 in the U.K.

ITV Studios Global Entertainment has also sealed deals for local versions of “Love Island” with Nine in Australia and RTL2 in Germany.

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