Australian Big Brother 2
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29th August 2001Southern follow-up to show's success
Southern Star executive chairman Neil Balnaves revealed yesterday that, when the first houseload of voyeurism victims were signed up to Big Brother, the contracts covered all but one area.
He said the graduated houseguests were signed up to Southern Star for commitments on charity work and merchandising but not on public appearances, which were left up to the contestants to organise.
"I would rethink that now -- I think it's rather daft, after all you create these characters," Mr Balnaves said yesterday.
The amount reaped from this one extra commitment extracted from Big Brother contestants will hardly register on the bottom line but it is a sign of the value the once-struggling Southern Star has realised in its new product.
The production house and video duplication company reported a $4.4 million annual net profit last month, up from the previous year's $26 million loss even without any contribution from Big Brother.
Big Brother's profits, with are shared with Dutch joint venture partner Endemol Entertainment, will be recorded in the current year.
Mr Balnaves said Big Brother's second series, for which the Ten Network paid a reported $28 million, was expected to enjoy the same high ratings Big Brother 1 enjoyed by its final episode.
He also said debt reduction would continue to be a focus for Southern Star.
"The level of net debt in the business, which was $46 million in March 1999 and $36 million at March 2000, has decreased to $30 million at March 2001," he said.
"It is expected that net debt will decrease further in the current year."
Daily Telegraph$20m buys Big Bro 2
Ten paid about $13 million for format rights for the first Big Brother.
On top of that came a further $7 million for the building of the BB home, production facilities on the Gold Coast and promotion of the series.
"It's no secret Nine had been aggressively pursuing Big Brother 2, which is a clear indication of the value our competitors put on the program," Ten chief executive John McAlpine said.
He conceded Big Brother 2 was a more expensive proposition than the first series.
"But in view of the brand we have created, and the huge public response for the show, we are confident the success of Big Brother 2 will surpass that of the first show," he said.
Big Brother 2 will screen on Ten early next year.
The network is working on a celebrity Big Brother to be seen this year.
The network is believed to be keen not to compromise the show by featuring a B-grade list of Australian celebrities.
21st August 2001
It has just been announced Big Brother 2 is going to be on Channel 10. There will be a celebrity BB as well
Nine chief David Leckie and programming director John Stephens met with Big Brother executives on Monday.
An industry source revealed the Packer-owned network is desperate to add a phenomenally successful reality game show to its schedule to bolster its share of the lucrative 18-to-39 demographic.
"Nine really needs a good lead-in from 7pm and Big Brother fits the bill," the source said.
Ten has the last bidding rights for the series.
It has been reported Gretel Killeen is in talks with Channel 9 possibly to do BB2
Channel 9, Channel 7 and Channel 10 are all negotiating to do Australian Big Brother 2 . So it is not guaranteed Channel 10 will do BB 2
July 21st 2001
I have been told is February 2002.