Banijay expands German operations with new documentary label

LR: Marc Schloemer & Arno Schneppenheim

Banijay is continuing its expansion in Germany with the launch of a new docuseries-focused label to be led by an exec from national broadcaster ARD.

Doc.Banijay will fall under the Banijay Productions Germany umbrella and will be led by executive producer Marc Schlömer, who reports to Banijay Productions MD Arno Schneppenheim.

Schlömer has worked on an array of docs including Das Leben Ist Ein Hauch and is also a sports broadcaster at ARD. Other genres, including factual, reality and comedy, will continue to be led by Banijay Productions Germany’s creative director, Katrin Heller.

Schlömer said: “For me, the fact that I get the chance to co-found and build a docu-department within Europe’s largest production group is an honour. I am grateful to the ARD managers for allowing me to step back from upcoming tasks in the summer so that we can get started straight away at Banijay Productions Germany.”

Schneppenheim, MD of Banijay Productions Germany, added: “I have long been interested in the genre of journalistic documentation and with brilliant talent such as Marc leading, we have the perfect expert to create this new arm within Banijay Productions Germany.”

The doc division is the latest expansion in Banijay’s German operations, which produce shows including Sing on! for Netflix and Temptation Island for RTL. Last month, it launched a new format and digital label led by Brainpool exec Ingrid Langheld and former Bertelsmann exec Daniel Durst.

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