Banijay UK acquires ‘Peaky Blinders’ firm Caryn Mandabach Productions

Peaky Blinders

Banijay UK has acquired Peaky Blinders firm Caryn Mandabach Productions (CMP), which is to rebrand as Garrison Drama.

Under the agreement, CMP’s slate of projects and back catalogue transfers to Banijay UK. Moving forward, the group will manage all future series, spin-offs, and brand ventures resulting from that IP including the recently announced Peaky Blinders movie greenlit by Netflix (which Mandabach remains attached to as a producer alongside Steven Knight, Cillian Murphy and Guy Heeley). Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Company founder Mandabach has meanwhile struck a first-look development and producer agreement with Banijay UK under her newly formed Conduit Productions.

CMP’s creative director Jamie Glazebrook will remain in post with the company, which will continue to operate, post-acquisition, under the new name of Garrison Drama. Banijay Rights will continue to distribute and exploit existing and new programmes produced by Garrison Drama.

Prior to starting CMP in the UK, Mandabach developed and produced series including The Cosby Show, Roseanne, 3rd Rock From The Sun, That 70s Show and Nurse Jackie in the US.

Patrick Holland, CEO of Banijay UK, said; “Caryn Mandabach is one of the legends of the UK/US drama markets and Banijay has been hugely privileged to work with her over the years (through Peaky Blinders co producer Tiger Aspect and via Banijay Rights), especially on the global phenomenon that is Peaky Blinders.

“Steve Knight’s truly unique vision found a similarly maverick spirit in producer partner Caryn and the series redefined TV drama.  We are so excited to be announcing that Caryn’s company, CMP, is being fully acquired by Banijay, and are delighted that she’s agreed to a separate development deal with us, and we look forward to future collaborations”.

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