It’s the most anticipated show of 2020, and now we can reveal where Channel 7 will be filming the new series of BIG BROTHER.
When TV Blackbox first broke the news Channel 7 would be rebooting iconic reality TV show Big Brother the second question everyone wanted to know was where would it be filmed (the first question being ‘who will host?’).
A return to Dreamworld on the Gold Coast was quickly ruled out by production company Endemol Shine, not only because the original house had burnt down but also due to costs. Filming in Sydney or Melbourne where crew members live would significantly keep costs down as opposed to paying accommodation costs in Queensland.
In another exclusive sources previously told this website the new version of Big Brother would be ‘Survivor in a warehouse’ and that appears to be the case with producers opting to film at a warehouse in Sydney.
The exact location is North Head Sanctuary, also known as The Barracks. It’s the same location previously used by Channel 10’s The Biggest Loser Australia: Couples.
There are two possible locations within the precinct the could facilitate the production.
The first possible location is the ‘Artillery Shed’, which saw frequent use at the height of World War II. The Shed is 10 metres high and 495.6m ² floor space, featuring two large sliding doors which run on end-to-end on steel tracks. The space is big enough to build an entire house inside with camera runs to allow filming from all angles.
The second, and more likely, location is the ‘Artillery Gym’. At 842.7 m² this is a much larger space, and the high ceiling is ideal for filming and building a set. There is also a spacious upper mezzanine overlooking the entire gym.
Choosing North Head Sanctuary as the filming location allows security to remain tight as access to the site can be restricted
TV Blackbox understands final auditions have been completed with producers travelling to each capital city for final casting.
During an interview with TV Tonight, Seven’s Head of Programming Angus Ross earlier confirmed our exclusive reporting the series would not be live, but rather pre-recorded like other reality TV shows.
The network, which lost it’s number 1 position to Nine in just about every demo including TOTAL PEOPLE this year, has high hopes for the heritage brand. In an e-mail sent out to advertisers, Seven is promising an 80% timeslot growth in people 25-54.
Filming is expected to begin early 2020.