Banijay Group

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. […]

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 […]