France’s Banijay moves into the US

Banijay Entertainment is setting up a US entity with Chris Cowan and Jean-Michel Michenaud, the creators of the Temptation Island and My Big Fat Obnoxious Fiancé formats.

Angel City Factory will create and produce entertainment formats for the US market, which wil be distributed internationally by other Banijay Group companies.

Founded by former Endemol France boss Stéphane Courbit, France-based Banijay has expanded rapidly since its inception. Last week it acquired a 50% stake in German producer Brainpoool TV, which makes the German entertainment show Beat Your Host.

It had already bought into several production companies in France and taken a majority stake in Spanish producer Cuarzo and Russia’s Intelegencia.