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‘The Big Adventure’ Premier A Hit

The Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism, Faiyaz Koya yesterday announced that Australian reality-adventure series “The Big Adventure”, shot entirely in Fiji, successfully premiered on Channel Seven on Sunday winning
25 Oct 2014 11:44
‘The Big Adventure’ Premier A Hit
‘The Big Adventure’ reality tv show was shot entirely in Fiji.

The Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism, Faiyaz Koya yesterday announced that Australian reality-adventure series “The Big Adventure”, shot entirely in Fiji, successfully premiered on Channel Seven on Sunday winning its 6.30pm timeslot. Watched by 1.4million viewers nationally, the debut was number one in Total Viewers, 16-39s, 18-49s and 25-54s.

The Australian producers of the show Seven Productions were very pleased with this result.

“The Big Adventure” sees 12 ordinary Australians competing in extreme conditions for the prize of a lifetime – $1million. The 10-episode series was shot on location in the Mamanuca Islands and cost in excess of FJ$8million.

Fifty Fijians were part of the production crew, plus another 12 who were cast as extras. Mr Koya said that having locals in film productions was vital to building a robust and sustainable film industry in Fiji.

“Foreign productions not only provide employment for Fijians, but also offer opportunity for locals to experience and train”, he said.

“The premier showcased Fiji to a huge TV audience and this should benefit Fiji as a film and tourist destination”.

Film Fiji CEO, Dallas Foon, said that the success of “The Big Adventure” showed that Fiji is a suitable location to host successful productions.  He added that the attractive Film Tax Rebate of 47 per cent offered by the Fiji Government was now generating strong interest from foreign productions and that Film Fiji was pursuing these opportunities vigorously.

The Big Adventure is not the only major television reality show to be recently shot in Fiji. Battle Beat Productions shot the first episode of “Naked and Afraid” for Discovery Channel on Tivi Island in Macuata. The episode, which had an audience of over two million when it premiered, employed six Fijians in the production.

The other major television production that was shot in Fiji was ABC’s flagship reality show, “The Bachelorette”, from USA.  The last four episodes, including the finale was shot at Namale Resort and Spa, Koro Sun Resort and Rainforest Spa, and Vomo Island Resort.  The finale had an audience of just over 10million viewers.

Film Fiji facilitated these productions and provided guidance to the filmmakers on locations and local legislations.

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