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Channel 5 readies IWC’s ‘Greatest Warships’

Channel 5 has commissioned a doc series from Banijay Group-owned IWC that explores famous war ships. The 3 x 60-minute series World’s Greatest Warships will tell the stories of iconic warships from 1900 to the present day, taking a closer look at the engineering breakthroughs that enabled them to be gamechangers in the field. Using […]

ITV travels with ‘Billy Connolly’s Great American Trail’

UK commercial broadcaster ITV has ordered a documentary series that follows comedian Billy Connolly exploring Scottish people’s influence in the US from Banijay Group-backed producer Wonder. Billy Connolly’s Great American Trail (3 x 60 minutes, pictured) will follow Connolly as he travels to little-visited parts of the US to explore the migratory journey of the […]

Banijay acquires Germany’s Good Times

Banijay Group’s German division has acquired local production firm Good Times, with its founder set to remain with the company. Sylvia Fahrenkrog-Petersen (pictured) will continue to lead the business as managing director and producer, overseeing its slate and all operations. The company was founded in 1998 in Berlin by Fahrenkrog-Petersen and has been based in […]

Zodiak Belgium names SBS exec as managing director

Zodiak Belgium has hired SBS’s Isabelle Dams as its new managing director. Dams joins in the autumn from SBS Belgium, where she led both Channel 5 and the company’s in-house production company. Dams will report to Banijay Group COO Peter Langenberg and is charged with developing and producing original content with local and global appeal. […]

Rai asks for more ‘Ladies’ Paradise’

Rai Uno has ordered another 320 episodes of Ladies’ Paradise (Paradiso delle Signore) from Banijay Group’s Aurora TV. Set in 1950s Milan and centring around a clothing department store, the Ladies’ Paradise series was launched by Rai Uno in 2015 and broadcast in primetime for two 20×50-minute seasons, one night a week. The third season saw it turn into […]

SVT orders design competition ‘Made In Sweden’

Swedish public broadcaster SVT has commissioned a six-part design competition series.  Made In Sweden will be produced by Banijay Group-owned prodco Mastiff Sweden, and is to follow amateur craftsmen vying to be the best in the country. The show, which is to premiere this autumn, will find contestants using a range of materials — including ceramics, […]

‘Temptation Island’ heads down under

Australia’s Channel Seven has signed on for a local version of Banijay Rights-distributed format Temptation Island. The format follows four dating couples as they decide whether they are ready to commit to one another or go their separate ways. The couples live the “single life” on an island paradise alongside a group of singles who […]

AMC orders anthology series from ‘Black Mirror’ writer

AMC has greenlit an anthology series that mixes sci-fi and romance from Black Mirror writer Will Bridges and actor-writer Brett Goldstein.  Bridges and Goldstein will executive produce with Jolyon Symonds (Thorne, Complicit) through Fearless Minds, a Banijay Group company. As yet untitled, the 6 x 60-minute anthology project will be produced by AMC Studios and […]

Endemol Shine sale back on the table

Banijay Group has pulled back from plans to buy Endemol Shine Group, TBI understands.  It is believed that the two parties, which have been in discussions around a potential deal since last fall, have hit pause on those talks after failing to agree a price point. Endemol Shine is once again open to other buyers, […]

Banijay bosses discuss drive for scale, Endemol sale

Banijay Group’s top brass have spoken out about the business’s drive to achieve scale as speculation heats up around its ongoing acquisition talks with Endemol Shine Group, which has been on sale for more than a year. Speaking at MIPTV in Cannes on Monday (8 April), Banijay chairman Stéphane Courbit and CEO Marco Bassetti discussed a […]

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