Banijay Group

Banijay creates scripted roles for HBO Europe & Gaumont UK alums

Banijay has created two new scripted roles, with HBO Europe alum Steve Matthews joining its central team and Gaumont UK’s Myar Craig-Brown going to its new label Double Dutch. Matthews will join the central scripted department on 1 February in the newly created role of content partnerships executive, reporting to recently appointed global head of […]

Banijay & Rainer Laux partner on new German reality label

Global production powerhouse Banijay is launching a new reality label in Germany in collaboration with producer Rainer Laux. Rainer Laux Productions is a partnership between the veteran producer and the Banijay-owned Endemol Shine Germany label, under which the new company will focus on the development, production and sales of new reality formats. Laux previously served […]

Exclusive: Banijay Rights’ scripted chief Caroline Torrance departs

Caroline Torrance, head of scripted at Banijay’s global sales arm, is leaving the company following its acquisition of Endemol Shine Group, TBI has learned. Torrance was head of scripted at Banijay Rights and also worked with in-house and external producers around the world to develop and acquire drama and comedy for the wider Banijay Group. […]

Banijay ups Jacob Houlind to Nordic CEO; Karin Stjärne departs

European production and distribution giant Banijay has appointed Jacob Houlind as CEO of its Nordic operations, while Endemol Shine exec Karin Stjärne is to depart. In his new role, Houlind will oversee all operations across the group, which now includes 24 companies in Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, and the UK and US, following the recent […]

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 […]

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