Banijay Group


Banijay Rights acquires European distributor Funwood Media

Banijay Group’s distribution arm has taken a majority stake in European sales, production and licensing business Funwood Media. The deal includes both Funwood Media Italia and Funwood Media Ibérica brands, with Banijay Rights now set to work with the outfit to further expand its operations across Europe. Funwood Media is focused primarily on Italy and […]

Business time for Banijay Asia

Since striking a JV with the fast-expanding Banijay Group, Indian super-producer Deepak Dhar has his sights set on a high-end drama revolution. Manori Ravindran reports It’s been less than two years since Deepak Dhar founded Banijay Asia after setting up the 50/50 joint venture with Marco Bassetti’s content powerhouse, though you wouldn’t know it given […]

ATF 2019: Is China still a land of rising opportunity?

China might seem to offer huge audiences and potentially boundless riches, but recent developments have underlined the fast-changing nature of its TV ecosystem. Richard Middleton reports For the past couple of years, China has largely been seen as a land of opportunity, albeit one that was fairly tricky to access and problematic even once you […]

Endemol Shine launches trio of channels on Samsung’s TV Plus

Endemol Shine Group is launching a raft of channels via Samsung’s TV Plus service. The super-indie – which is in the process of being acquired by Banijay Group – has launched a trio of UK channels on the smart TV platform, with further channel launches planned in the US and across Europe in the coming […]

Viaplay explores long life with new docuseries from Niklas Ekstedt

Nordic streamer Viaplay is expanding its docuseries offering with a new English-language show that explores why some groups of people live long lives. The Art of Living (aka Konsten Att Leva Längre) has been co-created by Niklas Ekstedt and follows the Swedish chef as he travels around the world to uncover the hidden secrets of […]

Banijay merges Italian prodcos DryMedia and Magnolia into single entity

Banijay Group is merging its Italian production businesses DryMedia and Magnolia into a single entity. Banijay Italia will focus on unscripted production and is to be led by CEO Fabrizio Ievollella, who previously headed up DryMedia and has been with the company since 2002. He will be joined by fellow DryMedia execs Danila Battiglini, who […]

US, UK and Nordic prodcos strike deals for Media Ranch format ‘Watch!’

Producers in the US, the UK and the Nordics are among those to have picked up format rights to memory-based gameshow Watch! from Canada’s Media Ranch. The format, created by producer duo John Kirhoffer and Dan Munday, requires contestants to watch a variety show before being tested on what they saw. Banijay Group’s Bunim/Murray Productions […]

Banijay agrees deal to buy Endemol Shine Group

Banijay Group has agreed a deal to acquire Endemol Shine Group (ESG), creating a production and distribution behemoth and bringing the long-running sales process of the Peaky Blinders producer to a close. The French production and distribution giant has struck a “definitive agreement” to acquire the company from ESG owners Apollo Global Management and Disney, […]

TBI Weekly: Why Banijay wanted Endemol Shine Group

As far as ‘will they won’t they’ takeover stories go, Banijay Group’s courtship of Endemol Shine Group has been a classic. The Vivendi-backed French firm, already fattened up by its acquisition of Zodiak Media in 2016, emerged as a frontrunner for ESG last year but it took 12 months of pushing and pulling before it […]

Banijay poised to buy Endemol Shine Group

Banijay Group is poised to buy Endemol Shine Group as the ongoing sale of the Peaky Blinders producer draws to a close. TBI understands that Banijay has outbid All3Media for the business, and a deal is expected in the next week. It is believed that a meeting will be held between the two businesses this Thursday. […]

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