Banijay UK

Banijay UK acquires ‘Becoming Elizabeth’ prodco The Forge

Banijay UK has acquired The Forge, the UK drama producer behind titles including Marriage, Help and Becoming Elizabeth. The company is led by founder and MD George Faber, with its senior creative team also consisting of exec producer and head of business affairs Mark Pybus and exec producers Beth Willis and George Ormond. The acquisition […]

Banijay backs Lenny Henry & BBCS exec’s new prodco Esmerelda

Three Little Birds writer Lenny Henry has launched a new production firm backed by Banijay, with BBC Studios exec Jon Sen joining as co-MD. Esmerelda aims to produce broad appeal drama and comedy, with an emphasis on working with under-represented writers, cast and crew. Banijay’s minority investment comes via its UK Growth Fund and includes […]

Banijay takes stake in James Norton’s ‘Rogue Agent’ prodco Rabbit Track Pictures

Banijay has taken a stake in James Norton and Kitty Kaletsky’s Rabbit Track Pictures, the London-based production firm behind Netflix thriller Rogue Agent. Rabbit Track was launched in 2019 by actor and Happy Valley star Norton and scripted exec Kitty Kaletsky, formerly of Black Bear TV and Number 9 Films. The company’s first film, Norton-starring […]

Banijay UK backs Bulfin and Varvell scripted start up Conker Pictures

Banijay UK is investing in Conker Pictures, a new scripted label from BBC commissioning editor Tommy Bulfin and Apple TV+ commissioner Kim Varvell. The duo will make “popular and distinctive scripted series for UK and global audiences”. Bulfin and Varvell have extensive production and commissioning experience having been behind many of the most successful dramas […]

Banijay UK hires BBC’s Sarb Nijjer to new COO role, working across M&A & start-ups

Banijay UK has hired the finance director for BBC content as its new COO, with a remit that includes working across future M&A and start-up ventures. Sarb Nijjer will be responsible for driving the group’s UK strategy alongside CEO Patrick Holland, while also managing collaborations across the wider Banijay group, developing business relationships with key […]

Banijay hires Netflix & BBCS alum Chris Sussman as part of $60m Growth Fund push

Former Netflix and BBC Studios (BBCS) exec Chris Sussman has struck a first-look deal to develop scripted projects with Banijay UK, as part of its recently launched £50m ($60m) Growth Fund. Sussman will work with labels across Patrick Holland’s UK arm to produce new original scripted projects, having stepped down as Netflix’s director of UK […]

Banijay’s Workerbee strikes pact with ‘Touching The Void’ director Kevin Macdonald

Banijay UK label Workerbee has struck a multi project deal with Scottish director and producer Kevin Macdonald to executive produce and direct factual projects over the next two years. Macdonald, whose credits include the Oscar-winning One Day In September, as well as Touching The Void, Marley and Whitney, will work closely with Workerbee’s film division […]

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