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Casino777.nl research: The Voice, Big Brother – The Dutch TV shows that became an international success

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Why you love Dutch TV and you don’t even know it!

Casino777.nl has researched the Dutch TV programs that became an international success. Do The Voice, Big Brother or Deal or No Deal ring any bells? These TV shows and many more have all originated from the same place: The Netherlands. Even though the US and the UK tend to steal the headlines when it comes to popular TV content, the Netherlands has long been a hotbed of creative talent.

Table 1: The most successful Dutch TV exports

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# TV Show # countries aired in
1 The Voice 64
2 Big Brother 57
3 Deal or No Deal 13
4 Fear Factor 26
5 The Bus 5
6 Dating in the Dark 4

Countries where Dutch TV Exports have been
                    aired

Figure 1: Countries where Dutch TV Exports have been aired

The Voice – First shown in The Netherlands in 2010, the singing show is now available in 64 countries. In fact it has been running for 22 seasons in the US, 12 in Ukraine, and 11 in France.

Big Brother – Since 1999, the show has been watched by more than 600 million viewers across 57 countries, including the US, the UK, India, Australia and Brazil. In the UK alone, Big Brother accounted for 23% of Channel 4’s £664 million revenue in 2007.

Deal or No Deal – From its original name Miljoenenjacht (Hunt/Chase for Millions), the UK version has become the most popular worldwide in 2022 with 13 seasons on Channel 4. The US, Australia and Bulgaria have also aired the show for over a decade (11 years).

Fear Factor – Joe Rogan’s version of the TV show may be seen as the most popular one yet, however, more seasons have aired in India: nine compared to seven in the US . The fear-inducing game show has been exported to 26 countries since its launch in 2001.

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The Bus – One of the less talked about shows in the list, yet the luxury bus show has been spinned off in several European countries (Spain, Belgium, Luxembourg, Estonia) and South America (Brazil).

Dating in the Dark – This rather atypical concept that features contestants trying to find love in a pitch black environment has had international exposure across four continents, namely Europe (UK), North America (US), South America (Brazil) and Oceania (Australia).

What are the longest running shows?

German participants of Big Brother 5 and 6 were getting pretty cosy and enjoyed a stay in TV’s most famous house for one year. Audiences and cast alike were also captivated in the Philippines with three of their seasons being almost a year long.

Country Season Start Date End Date Duration
(days)
Germany Big Brother Germany 5 02/03/2004 01/03/2005 365
Germany Big Brother Germany 6 01/03/2005 26/02/2006 363
Philippines Pinoy Big Brother 8 10/11/2018 04/08/2019 268
Philippines Pinoy Big Brother: Lucky 7 11/07/2016 05/03/2017 235
Philippines Pinoy Big Brother: Kumunity Season 10 16/10/2021 29/05/2022 226
Germany Big Brother Germany 10 11/01/2010 09/08/2010 211

But this trend is not consistent across all countries where some seasons were abruptly cut short, like Spain’s Big Brother spin-off’s Sálvame Okupa which lasted precisely one working week.

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Country Season Start Date End Date Duration
(days)
Spain Sálvame Okupa 12/04/2019 15/04/2019 4
Hungary Big Brother Hungary VIP 3 19/01/2003 23/01/2003 5
India Bigg Boss Kannada: Mini Season 14/08/2021 05/09/2021 6
Hungary Big Brother Hungary VIP 1 05/01/2003 10/01/2003 6
Hungary Big Brother Hungary VIP 2 12/01/2003 17/01/2003 6
Sweden Big Brother Stjärnveckan 20/01/2002 25/01/2002 6

Fun facts you never knew about Dutch TV exports

It is well known that reality TV shows don’t come without their controversies. Entertaining millions of viewers around the world often requires a lot of on screen drama, yet there is also a lot going on behind the scenes that the producers cannot necessarily control. Here are some unbelievable facts about Endemol’s biggest shows:

  1. A French group called Activists Against Trash TV protested Big Brother by clashing with security guards and throwing eggs and tomatoes at the house.
  2. Contestants who took part in the US version of Fear Factor had to sign a contract that, among other things, prevented them from running for public office for 12 months after the show.
  3. Contestant Lucas Koka Penteado exited the Big Brother house following a kiss between him and openly gay contestant Gilberto Nogueira. When Penteado was confronted by his housemates, he told them he was bisexual, but few seemed to believe him and instead accused him of strategic play that harmed the plight of the LGBTQIA+ community.
  4. In January 2005, a paralegal from Ohio sued NBC for $2.5 million because of the effect watching an episode of Fear Factor had on him. He stated that he watched the episode where contestants had to puree rats in a blender and then eat them and he was so disgusted by it that his blood pressure rose to the point that he became dizzy and vomited. He was then so disoriented that he ran into a doorway and injured himself.
  5. According to leaked docs, producers on the Voice can allegedly ignore contestants completely. They can also reportedly switch up the rules whenever they want, or eliminate contestants on a whim — even if those contestants happen to be “winning” in the eyes of the public.
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The renowned iGaming provider, Enorphina, has successfully maintained its ISO 27001 certificate!

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In January 2024, the leading software provider, Endorphina, underwent a multi-day audit according to ISO 27001 standards. With a pleasing conclusion from the independent auditors, Endorphina achieved the set milestone in security and successfully maintained the ISO 27001 certificate this year as well.

The ISO 27001 certification is an independent and third-party verification that the company’s information security management system (ISMS) meets the requirements of the ISO 27001 standard. By maintaining its certification, Endorphina builds trust with its customers, promising information security and privacy.

Ever since 2012, the company has made its priorities clear when it comes to the continuous improvement of its provided slot games. Endorphina’s enhancement of security elements led the company to the highest level of security, manifested in the acquisition of the internationally recognized ISO 27001 certificate.

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This milestone marks a successful entry into the new year and a solid foundation for achieving the company’s goals for 2024.

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CT Interactive and R. Franco Digital join forces in a strategic partnership

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CT Interactive has concluded a partnership with R. Franco, a gaming platform based in Spain with a substantial presence in both the European and Latin American markets.

Lachezar Petrov, CEO of CT Interactive, commented: “We are thrilled to join forces with R. Franco Digital. This collaboration not only strengthens our presence in Spain but also provides an opportunity to expand our footprint in the dynamic Latin American market. Together, we aim to deliver gaming solutions that cater to the diverse preferences of players in these regions”.

This strategic collaboration marks a significant milestone for both companies, combining CT Interactive’s cutting-edge products and R. Franco Digital’s extensive market reach to deliver an unparalleled gaming experience for players in Spain and across Latin America.

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“This partnership is an important step for our brand. We look forward to bringing unique and engaging gaming content to a broader audience, fostering growth in the Spanish and Latin American markets”, said Milena Tsankarska, Head of Business Development EMEA at CT Interactive.

Franco Digital is a leading provider of global gaming solutions for online and retail operations. The platform is part of the Recreativos Franco Group, a pioneer in the fabrication of recreational machines with more than 50 years of experience.

Guillermo Ruipérez, Head of Sales at R. Franco Platform, commented: “CT Interactive’s innovative content and diverse portfolio will complement our platform, allowing us to offer an even more exciting and engaging range of games to our customers in Spain and Latin America”.

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REEVO and Peter and Sons Forge a Powerful Alliance to Transform Gaming Entertainment

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REEVO, a pioneering B2B content and aggregation provider, proudly announces a dynamic partnership with Peter and Sons, an international game development studio renowned for revolutionizing online gambling with uniquely styled, high-performing video slots, and casino games. This strategic collaboration signifies a momentous leap in enhancing the gaming experience for players worldwide, seamlessly integrating Peter and Sons’ exceptional portfolio into REEVO’s cutting-edge platform. Together, these industry leaders are committed to redefining and elevating the landscape of gaming entertainment.

REEVO stands at the forefront of innovation with its resilient aggregation platform. This empowers over 80 partners to achieve distinctiveness through custom and exclusive REEVO content. Boasting a portfolio of over 8000 games, spanning slots, table games, crash games, and live gaming experiences, REEVO consistently establishes pioneering benchmarks in innovation and diversity.

In 2024, REEVO embarks on an ambitious journey to onboard over 60 new game providers, and the collaboration with Peter & Sons serves as a strategic initiative towards fulfilling this commitment.

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Peter and Sons, founded in 2019 by a team of international enthusiasts and professionals, has set itself apart with a distinctive approach to casino game development. With world-class mechanics, their games offer an unparalleled gaming experience, featuring innovative features, stunning graphics, and top-notch audio. With a portfolio of 30+ games, including popular titles like Kaiser, Valkyries, Book of Books, and Barbarossa, and a new release each month, Peter and Sons aims to expand their universe, offering a diverse range of Slot Games, Scratch Cards, and Instant Games for every type of player and market.

Yann Bautista, Commercial Director, and Founder at Peter and Sons: We’re thrilled to team up with Reevo, expanding our game collection to a global audience. With over 30 titles, including favorites like Barbarossa and Book of Books, we’re eager to share our creations with Reevo Play’s esteemed partners. 

Petra Maria Poola, Head of Sales at REEVO, added: “I am thrilled to join forces with Peter and Sons. Their dedication to amazing game development has garnered them a stellar reputation, and we have long admired their work. This strategic partnership provides us with the exciting opportunity to introduce our captivating portfolio to new audiences, and we look forward to collectively setting new standards in the industry.”

The REEVO and Peter and Sons partnership signals the dawn of a new era in gaming entertainment, blending innovation, diversity, and a player-centric approach. Stay tuned as these industry leaders reshape the gaming landscape, delivering an unparalleled experience for players worldwide.

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