Banijay UK

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 […]

Ex-BBC, ITV factual chief joins Banijay prodco

Richard Klein has resurfaced at Banijay Group-owned unscripted producer IWC Media. The former BBC Four controller and ITV director of factual has been named creative director the London- and Glasgow-based company, which created factual series such as Africa with Griff Rhys Jones for ITV and Britain’s Benefit Tenants for Channel 4. Klein (pictured) left ITV […]