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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 […]

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 […]