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Survivor Series Shot in Savusavu a Huge Success

Outplay and outlast. That’s the aim of the game for those competing in Season five of Austral­ian Survivor titled, “Champions vs. Contend­ers.’ Recently, filmed in Savusavu, this sea­son saw the
15 Sep 2018 11:14
Survivor Series Shot in Savusavu a Huge Success
Competitors from season five of the Australian Survivor Series that was shot in Savusavu between April and June.

Outplay and outlast.

That’s the aim of the game for those competing in Season five of Austral­ian Survivor titled, “Champions vs. Contend­ers.’

Recently, filmed in Savusavu, this sea­son saw the competitors battling it out for AU$500,000 (FJ$767,000) – if they survived 50 days of grueling competition.

Shot on the rural outskirts of Savusavu from between April and June, this was the first time for the Australian Survivor fran­chise to film in Fiji.

After making the move from Samoa to Fiji’s hidden paradise, host for three seasons Jona­than LaPaglia told TV WEEK magazine: “I was excited – it’s good to shake it up and have a new location.

“I loved Samoa – I had fun. But we did two seasons there, so I think we got the most out of it. It was time for a change.”

Film Fiji CEO Dallas Foon said: “It was good to see a major productions choosing Savusa­vu as a filming destination.

“Being a major Australian TV show, host­ing them is a positive indication that inter­national productions are recognising Fiji’s capability to meet their needs.

“The area greatly benefited from the filming through employment and economic activ­ity with the arrival of the 160 strong foreign crew contingent.

“With the inclusion of over 400 local crew employed during production, locals were able to gain valuable experience in the audio-visual industry.

“But more importantly, this has expanded our pool of skilled individuals.”

Australian Survivor is one of the largest of the international reality game show fran­chise ‘Survivor’ shows.

Broadcast on Australia’s Network Ten, the season debuted on August 1, performing bet­ter than last year’s debut episode by gaining an additional 77,000 viewers.

This brought Fiji as a location to over 900,000 viewers in Australia alone.

Season five of Australian Survivor sees the 24 competitors divided into two tribes based on their ‘celebrity’ status.

The champion tribe, comprising of those who are, or have been, considered celebrities in their field.

They include Olympian Shane Gould, rugby legend Mat Rogers and Miss Australia 2015 and Miss Universe, Monika Radulovic.

Other contenders included normal, every­day Australians.

Feedback: maraia.vula@fijisun.com.fj



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