Banijay UK

Remarkable hires Tuesday’s Child & Hello Dolly alums to bolster development

Banijay UK label Remarkable Entertainment has appointed Simon Crossley as head of development and Roger Johnson as development producer. Reporting to Natalka Znak, who was named CEO of Remarkable and fellow UK label Initial at the end of last year, the two execs will join a team working on quiz, game show and entertainment formats […]

Banijay replaces Peter Salmon with BBC’s Patrick Holland

Peter Salmon is to leave his role as executive chairman at Banijay in the UK next year, with the BBC’s factual chief Patrick Holland replacing him. Salmon took up his most recent role last year, after the French media group restructured its operations in the UK, following its $2.2bn acquisition of Endemol Shine Group (ESG). […]

Banijay buys ZnakTV & hires founder to lead Initial & Remarkable

Banijay has acquired Natalka Znak’s production company ZnakTV and appointed its founder to become CEO of UK firms Remarkable Entertainment and Initial. Znak will continue to run ZnakTV in the US alongside overseeing the two UK-based companies, which are behind shows including Pointless, Starstruck, The Wall, Soccer Aid, Tenable and Big Brother. Banijay said Znak would […]

Definitely founders Jon Green & Rachel Arnold to head up RDF creative team

Kitty Walshe, the incoming managing director of Banijay UK-owned RDF, has appointed Rachel Arnold and Jon Green, co-founders of Banijay stablemate Definitely, to head up its creative team. Taking up their new roles in the New Year, Arnold and Green will serve as creative director and creative director of development, respectively, taking over creative leadership […]

Banijay UK launches scripted label Double Dutch, with Iona Vrolyk

Banijay UK has launched a new scripted label, Double Dutch, led by drama producer Iona Vrolyk. Vrolyk has been with the Banijay Group’s Tiger Aspect since 2013, during which time she hs developed and produced returning series for UK broadcasters, including Cuffs for BBC One, The Good Karma Hospital for ITV and Intergalactic for Sky […]

Banijay UK inks unscripted deal with Jack Whitehall’s Jackpot

Banijay UK has signed an exclusive two-year deal with British actor and comedian Jack Whitehall, which will see the Jungle Cruise star develop non-scripted projects with the group.  Whitehall and his production company, Jackpot, will partner with companies across the UK group to create and develop unscripted content ideas for both linear and global. He […]

Banijay UK appoints Initial’s Sandra Smith as director of production

Banijay UK has appointed Initial exec Sandra Smith to the newly created role of director of production, with a focus on unscripted content. Reporting to CFO Derek O’Gara and director of HR and operations, Bella Lambourne, Smith will join the senior management team for the UK group, and work alongside label directors of production and […]

Banijay reveals UK restructure, with Endemol Shine’s Richard Johnston exiting

Banijay has restructured its operations in the UK, with Peter Salmon and Lucinda Hicks taking up new roles and Endemol Shine UK CEO Richard Johnston leaving the company. The revised team will see Salmon, the former Endemol Shine Group (ESG) chief creative officer, leading Banijay UK as executive chairman, with former ESG’s UK chief operating […]

Banijay UK scripted prodco launches with Symonds

Banijay Group has launched a second scripted production company in the UK with British producer Jolyon Symonds. Fearless Minds will sit alongside BlackLight TV in the Banijay UK scripted stable. It will be a joint venture with Symonds, who will develop and produce “memorable, distinctive, original stories for the UK and international market” as managing […]

Banijay backs UK drama firm

Banijay Group is backing the launch of new UK-based drama label BlackLight Television. Phil Trethowan and Ben Bickerton have created the business after having produced shows such as Being Human for BBC Three and Channel 4’s single drama Ellen, both of which were via Banijay UK-backed Touchpaper Television. They will focus on creating drama with […]