Banijay Studios North America

Banijay adds Universal Television exec for North America programming & development

Banijay Studios has appointed former Universal Television exec Rebecca Mayer to oversee programming and development for its operations in North America. Mayer takes the newly created position of EVP of programming and development, focusing on expanding the studio’s development and current slate in the US. She will create original content for broadcast, cable and streaming, […]

Banijay Rights sends USA’s Temptation Island up north

Banijay Rights has sold its US reboot of Temptation Island into Canada’s Bell Media. USA Network’s 11-episode revival of the classic format is to air on broadcaster CTV, E! and SVOD service Crave. Produced by Banijay Studios North America, the new series is to premiere on the American cable channel later this month. Temptation Island […]

Banijay lands ABC order for Gervais gameshow

ABC has ordered Five to Survive, a new gameshow created by Ricky Gervais and being made by the US arm of Banijay. The one-hour gameshow will see The Office star Gervais interacting with kids as they try and help grown-ups answer questions and win a cash prize. Gervais comments: “I’ve never understood the saying ‘never […]

ABC, Kimmel call on Banijay’s Big Fan

US broadcaster ABC, late-night presenter Jimmy Kimmel and Banijay Studios North America are working on comedic game show series. Big Fan will see super-fans go up against their favourite celebrities in half-hour, studio-shot episodes to see who knows more about the famous face. Andy Richter (Conan) has been signed up to host. The format is […]

Banijay raids Endemol for US Studio hire

Banijay Studios North America division has poached Caroline Baumgard from Endemol and she will serve as chief creative officer of the Banijay’s Group’s fledgling US division. The new unit, announced in April, is run by another ex-Endemol employee, David Goldberg. He left his role as chairman and CEO of Endemol North America earlier this year, […]