Banijay Group

Endemol Shine Group’s CEO Sophie Turner Laing to exit as Banijay completes $2.2bn deal

Banijay has formally completed its $2.2bn acquisition of Endemol Shine Group, marking the end of a two-year process and the beginning of a period that will see the two companies combining their operations. The enlarged group will be led by Banijay’s CEO Marco Bassetti, with ESG’s chief Sophie Turner Laing stepping down from her role […]

Banijay gets EC antitrust clearance for Endemol Shine acquisition

Banijay Group’s US$2.2 billion acquisition of Endemol Shine Group has been approved by the European Commission (EC) after gaining antitrust clearance. The EC concluded that the takeover “would not raise competition concerns given the presence of a sufficient number of alternative players with portfolios of similar content in the countries concerned.” With this final hurdle […]

Banijay & Bear Grylls’ prodco The Natural Studios moves into scripted

Banijay and Bear Grylls’ joint venture prodco The Natural Studios (TNS) is expanding into drama after partnering with British screenwriter Tom Williams on an adaptation of The Count Of Monte Cristo. The film will be written by Williams (Kajaki) and is described as “a completely fresh and modern take on the timeless classic” tale of […]

Spain’s Movistar+ links with Telemundo in US for ‘Dime Quién Soy’

Banijay Group-owned Spanish prodco DLO Producciones, Telefónica-owned SVOD service Movistar+ and NBCUniversal’s broadcaster Telemundo are collaborating on an adaptation of Julia Navarro’s novel Dime Quién Soy (Tell Me Who I Am).  The 9 x 50-minute original scripted series will be released this autumn and will air on Movistar+ in Spain and Telemundo in the US. […]

Show of the week: Don’t

While most gameshows require contestants to complete all manner of tasks or challenges asked of them, Banijay’s recently launched format Don’t – which debuts on ABC in the US later this week – has taken an alternative approach. The show, which will air in primetime from 11 June on ABC, follows a family of four […]

TBI Special Report Four: Learning from lockdown

Covid-19’s impact on the TV business has been immense, but not all the ramifications are negative. Richard Middleton and Mark Layton find out how content creation and delivery might look after lockdown. Just when the world’s content industry will return to some sort of business as usual is, at this stage, anybody’s guess. Speak to […]

News round-up: Sky Studios invests in Longboat Pictures; Travel Channel orders eerie doc series from Karga Seven; Love Nature lands on Xumo in US and more…

Sky Studios invests in UK prodco Longboat Pictures Comcast-owned Sky Studios has acquired a minority stake in Longboat Pictures, a new London-based indie prodco specialising in TV drama. Longboat was founded last year by LA-based director-producer Julie Anne Robinson and former ITV commissioner Victoria Fea. Under the deal, Sky Studios’ investment will help to accelerate Longboat’s […]

News round-up: Spain’s LA 2 orders rural travel series; J2911 hires new sales exec; SBS picks up second run of ‘Australia In Colour’ and more…

Spain’s LA 2 commissions rural travel show from RTVE and DLO/Magnolia Spanish FTA network LA 2 has picked up Ruralitas, a new travel series produced by RTVE in collaboration with the Banijay Group-owned Spanish prodco DLO/Magnolia. The series tours Spain and meets people who have chosen to live in the most remote and sparsely-inhabited parts […]

Exclusive: Keshet’s MD of global content Sebastian Burkhardt exits

Keshet International (KI)’s MD of global content Sebastian Burkhardt has left the company, TBI has learned. Burkhardt joined KI from Banijay in 2015 as head of business development & acquisitions and was promoted to become SVP of digital & acquisitions before his current role. He oversaw the creative development, production, funding and acquisition of scripted […]

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