Banijay Group

Banijay Group strikes ‘Guinness World Records’ format deal

Banijay Group has struck a multi-territory deal with Guinness World Records (GWR) for its self-titled primetime family entertainment format. The year-long deal to represent GWR marks the brand’s biggest option deal to date and will span 15 markets including UK, Ireland, Eire, the US, Australia and Germany. The studio format features contestants going head-to-head in […]

Bear Grylls partners with Banijay for new production outfit

Running Wild‘s Bear Grylls has launched a new production outfit focusing on unscripted and scripted content with the backing of France’s Banijay Group. The Natural Studios will focus creating and producing adventure TV and film content for all platforms and has been funded by Banijay, which serves as production and distribution partner. Grylls is launching […]

Putting a fragmented audience back together (Column)

Carlotta Rossi Spencer, Banijay Group’s SVP of format acquisitions, argues for a return to family viewing as audiences continue to fragment. In a world where content continues as king, deal-making becomes ever more complex and NBC pulls the trigger on yet another platform for the market, it’s easy to become consumed with the day-to-day job […]

Banijay Rights gets first look at Proper Content

Banijay Rights has signed a first-look, multi-year development deal with UK factual specialist Proper Content, which has a raft of projects in the works with broadcasters. The agreement will see Proper Content developing and producing series for the UK and international markets with the distribution arm of Banijay Group, with three factual shows in the […]

BBC Scotland exec boards IWC to head factual

BBC Scotland’s Pauline Law has joined Banijay-owned IWC as head of factual. The exec most recently served as head of multi-platform production at the broadcaster, overseeing a team of 300, including teams in music, entertainment, events and digital. She also led a development team that won more than 80 commissions, including Emeli Sande’s Street Symphony […]

BBCS’s ‘Top Gear’ motors across Nordics with remake deal

BBC Studios’ long-running motoring show Top Gear is being remade across the Nordics as part of a three-country deal with Discovery Networks. Banijay Group’s Nordisk Film TV will produce the three versions for viewers in Denmark, Sweden and Norway, with the shows set to air in 2020. Discovery Networks Nordics’ Kanal 5 will be the […]

Viaplay cooks up culinary show with ‘Food & Fire’ docuseries

Nordic Entertainment Group (NENT Group) is expanding its unscripted offering with a six-part English-language docuseries that explores back-to-basics cooking. Food & Fire is a follow-up to NENT’s culinary series Four Hands Menu and will premiere exclusively on its Viaplay streaming service across the Nordic region in autumn 2019. The series features Swedish chef Niklas Ekstedt […]

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 […]

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